Cape Wind: Money, Celebrity, Class, Politics, and the Battle for Our Energy Future on Nantucket Sound

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PublicAffairs, 2007 - History - 326 pages
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When Jim Gordon set out to build a wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, he knew some people might object. But there was a lot of merit in creating a privately funded, clean energy source for energy-starved New England, and he felt sure most people would recognize it eventually. Instead, all Hell broke loose. Gordon had unwittingly challenged the privileges of some of America's richest and most politically connected people, and they would fight him tooth and nail, no matter what it cost, and even when it made no sense.

Cape Wind is a rollicking tale of democracy in action and plutocracy in the raw as played out among colorful and glamorous characters on one of our country's most historic and renowned pieces of coastline. As steeped in American history and local color as The Prince of Providence; as biting, revealing and fun as Philistines at the Hedgerow, it is also a cautionary tale about how money can hijack democracy while America lags behind the rest of the developed world in adopting clean energy.

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Williams and Whitcomb, both journalists and Cape Cod residents, have written a caustic firsthand report of the political maneuvers involving Cape Wind, a proposed wind energy project. In 2001, Boston ... Read full review

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The Cape Wind project was approved in 2011. The plans are from 2008-2009. They no longer use gear driven wind turbines. They have changed to direct drive turbines. Gear driven turbines could cost ten percent of the project. The electric grid to connect the turbines has doubled in cost since 2009 . The electric grid cost as much as the turbines themselves.
Gear Box failures account for 10 percent of the construction costs and installation of wind turbines.
Page 191 Gear Box Failures In Gear Driven Wind Turbines
"One of the common maintenance requirements is to replace the gearbox every 5 years over the 20-year
design lifetime of the wind turbine."
"As a result of these earlier failures, insurers adopted provisions that require the inclusion by
the operator of maintenance requirements into their insurance contracts. One of the
common maintenance requirements is to replace the gearbox every 5 years over the 20-year
design lifetime of the wind turbine. This is a costly task, since the replacement of a gearbox
accounts for about 10 percent of the construction and installation cost of the wind turbine,
and will negatively affect the estimated income from a wind turbine (Kaiser &
Fröhlingsdorf, 2007). Figure 1 depicts the size of the Quantum Drive gearbox of a Liberty
2.5 MW wind turbine (Clipper Windpower, 2010) "

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About the author (2007)

Wendy Williams has written for many major publications, including Scientific American, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, The Providence Journal and The Baltimore Sun. She has been journalist-in-residence at Duke University and at the Hasting Center; a fellow at the Center for environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado and at the Marine Biological Laboratory. The author of several books, she lives on Cape Cod. Robert Whitcomb is a vice president and editorial page editor of The Providence Journal. Before that he served as the financial editor of The International Herald Tribune; and as editor and writer for The Wall Street Journal.

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