, Gloucester, MA

Latest Cape Ann News

March 26, 2013

Wind turbines to be focus of Thursday forum

Since their October and November installations, the three giant wind turbines turning daily in Blackburn Industrial Park have become a familiar part of the Gloucester landscape.

Thursday night, the city’s Sawyer Free Library and the Gloucester Lyceum will host a workshop that aims to tell “everything you wanted to know and now can” about the turbines, how they work, and what they mean to Gloucester, its residents and the businesses that are utilizing them.

The presentation, called “Wind Turbines 101,” is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. on the library’s main floor, with discussion and a question-and-answer session.

The panel, to be moderated by Gloucester Ward 1 City Councilor Paul McGeary, will include Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Rick Johnson, the facilites manager at Varian/Applied Materials and the Varian turbine project manager, Tim Michelman of Boreal, who will present turbine study highlights, and Sumul Shah, the CEO of Sloaya Energy, who will discus turbine construction and operation.

The Gloucester turbines include one that operates solely for Varian Semiconductors/Applied Materials and two others on the Gloucester Engineering site.

One of the turbines on the Gloucester Engineering also produces power shared by the city of Gloucester, with a savings projected at more than $200,000 for the current fiscal year that ends in January, and of more than $400,000 on an annual basis.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest Cape Ann News

Pictures of the Week
Your news, your way
Comments Tracker
AP Video Network
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success