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Jun 5, 2012 5:59 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Alec Baldwin Applies For a Wind Turbine

Jun 5, 2012 6:16 PM

The actor Alec Baldwin wants to build a wind turbine on his Town Lane, Amagansett, property, and, if approved, he’d become the first resident in East Hampton Town to have one.

Mr. Baldwin recently applied to the town for the wind turbine, according to a town memo dated May 22. East Hampton Town Board members heard a presentation by Senior Environmental Analyst Joel Halsey on the proposal and briefly discussed it at the board’s work session on Tuesday.

If approved, it would be the first residence allowed to construct a wind turbine, following wind turbines that were approved at Mahoney Farm and Nursery and Iacono Farms, both in East Hampton, said Mr. Halsey. There is also a wind turbine at the Amagansett Fire Department, he said.

The height of the wind turbine tower would be 131 feet, when one of the three 22-foot diameter blades is at the highest position, according to a memo describing the project from Mr. Halsey to the Town Board on May 22. The proposed turbine is a Bergey Excel 10kW wind turbine, the same one that was used on the Mahoney and Iacono farms. The turbine would be located about 120 feet from the western property line of the property. Mr. Baldwin owns about 8 acres on Town Lane.

The Town Board must decide whether it will grant a special use permit for the wind turbine, Mr. Halsey said. The Planning Department is recommending the Town Board hold a public hearing on the application, said Mr. Halsey in the proposal.

“As a reminder to the board, the Mahoney wind turbine application was controversial, with advocates for the project and residents opposed to the project,” wrote Mr. Halsey in the memo. “The Iacono wind turbine application had only advocates in attendance at the public hearing. Both turbines have been operating since 2010 and 2011, and the Planning Department is unaware of any complaints regarding either project.”

Supervisor Bill Wilkinson said the town needs to identify a future plan that anticipates more residents wanting to construct wind turbines.

“I live in a community that has 400 homes in it,” said Mr. Wilkinson. “What if 400 homes wanted to put up a windmill?”

Mr. Halsey said he hopes the board will schedule a public hearing on the proposal by the end of July.

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Alternate headline...local wind bag applies for wind turbine
By jams (129), hampton bays on Jun 5, 12 6:21 PM
Couldn't have said it better!
By Tennyson (77), Quogue on Jun 6, 12 5:56 AM
Finally putting the mouth to good use...
By V.Tomanoku (790), southampton on Jun 6, 12 7:40 AM
This is a good thing. Just be sure it is placed far enough from the property line so that if it ever falls, it lands on his own property.
By SusieD (115), Southampton on Jun 5, 12 6:41 PM
To quote Mr. Wilkinson per the article:

"I live in a community that has 400 homes in it,” said Mr. Wilkinson. “What if 400 homes wanted to put up a windmill?”

If ever there was a statement by an elected official which begged for comment, this would appear to be that comment.

When in doubt about a proposal, Mr. W., exaggerate it to the absurd, and then take an indignant high ground? Were you elected, or were you anointed by a Higher Power?

Hubris ...more
By Nero (301), Sag Harbor on Jun 5, 12 7:28 PM
Alec is a wind turbine
By xtiego (698), bridgehampton on Jun 5, 12 7:29 PM
Give me that turbine.

Turbines are for CLOSERS.
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jun 5, 12 8:02 PM
"I live in a community that has 400 homes in it,” said Mr. Wilkinson. “What if 400 homes wanted to put up a windmill?”

What an ignorant comment from an elected official. First off, 400 homes won't put them up, we know that. Secondly, a home should only be allowed to erect one if it has the required fall zone. Mr. Baldwin's 8 sprawling acres do - most single family homes don't. And thirdly, the east end (and East Hampton in particular) love their "historic" windmills. ...more
By Nature (2966), Hampton Bays on Jun 5, 12 8:46 PM
"It's a modernized version of the ones the founding families built."

You won't find piles of dead birds around the old fashioned, low RPM windmills. Nor is there a trail of radioactive waste left over from the refining of rare earth minerals for the magnets.

Suggesting turbines have anything in common with windmills beyond the fact that the both spin around is "ignorant".
By RealityFirst (597), Bridgehampton on Jun 5, 12 8:52 PM
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By SmallWindGuy (1), Norman on Jun 6, 12 9:52 AM
I am afraid you are mistaken about small wind turbines killing birds. And you don't have to take my word for it either as there are several peer reviewed studies from various Universities, the National Fish and Wildlife service, as well as the Audubon Society. There is even a Bergey 10kW turbine that powers a bird sanctuary. The windows on an office building will kill significantly more birds than a small wind turbine. As for the noise mentioned in the previous comment, the sound pressure levels ...more
By SmallWindGuy (1), Norman on Jun 6, 12 9:52 AM
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By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jun 5, 12 10:00 PM
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OK...so he saves some money and probably kills off a couple of birds...that saves the environment...less bird poop .....he's so smart it's crazy!!!
By UNITED states CITIZEN (207), SOUTHAMPTON on Jun 6, 12 8:35 AM
This narcissistic (and if you have every met him in my opinion very strange man) will do anything for attention.
By joe hampton (3461), south hampton on Jun 6, 12 9:12 AM
No matter what any of us may think of him personally... While the authors of most previous comments are paying thousands upon thousands of dollars to heat and power their homes next winter with fossil fuels that keep the U.S. indebted to foreign nations and worsen global warming, Mr. Baldwin will be putting his money where his mouth is.

Good for him. I wish I had the land to do it myself.

By bailey (52), East Hampton on Jun 6, 12 10:05 AM
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And the 20 grand, plust permits, other related costs, minus tax credits...
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 6, 12 5:57 PM
Good for him!!! :D
By Miss K. (103), East Quogue on Jun 6, 12 10:39 AM
I thought the liberal greenies were all for alternative power. HMMMM NIMBY ism anyone?
By bigfresh (4666), north sea on Jun 7, 12 6:43 AM
"Green power", at what cost?

The manufacturing processes required to build one can be less than "green". Heck, if you really apply yourself you can build your own out of surplus parts, and washing machine motors.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jun 7, 12 8:59 PM
I hope the neighbors register their objections now and loudly. These turbines are VERY LOUD INDEED and I seem to recall recent surveys have found energy production via wind turbines to be the least efficient of any of the "green" approaches. It is not "green" to produce noise pollution.
By Leon789 (50), westhampton on Jun 13, 12 4:49 PM
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