When I first heard of the turbine coming to Gloucester I was angry. I felt as though it was only going to benefit one company, the company that was installing it and the money to pay for it was money that taxpayers subsidized and that most of these green energy projects are simply advertising vehicles reaching out to liberal tree-huggers who would buy any thing at any cost as long as you slapped the “It’s Green” sticker on it.
I let our Ed Collard and Sarah Kelly take opposing editorial views in a post before hand and I was still skeptical. View That Post Here-
Then I read Mayor Kirk’s editorial in the Gloucester Daily Times in which she stated that the City of Gloucester would “conservatively” have 90% of it’s energy needs paid for by the partnership and that number would be conservatively $450,000 per year.
Read that post here-
With that huge savings for the taxpayers of Gloucester my mind was changed. Now with the Varian one erected, looking at it doesn’t bother me at all. I mean not in the least. I actually think it looks kinda cool.
Now if we look back a year from when the thing kicks off and see that the City only gets a tiny fraction of what it think’s it’s going to get I will be supremely pissed and feel duped and I’ll rail against every phoney baloney green energy claim that comes down the pike but I’m going to be cautiously optimistic that we will indeed provide those savings.
Now that the Turbine is up and you can see what it looks like on the horizon and you know what we know about the projected savings would you say that the turbines at Varian and Gloucester Engineering are a good thing or not?
Please vote in the new poll-
On our last poll in which we asked if the City of Gloucester would get more or less that $450K in Energy Savings over two thirds of voters chose under.
I’m more optimistic and I hope Mayor Kirk once the energy audit from the first year comes out gets to say “IN YOUR FACE!” to all the doubters and we get well over $450,000 per year in energy savings.