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Union Beach Wind Turbine Components to Travel Through Matawan Week of July 23

The wind turbine parts headed for Union Beach will first pass through Marlboro, Matawan and Hazlet.

Trucks carrying the parts for the controversial wind turbine construction project at the Bayshore Regional Sewage Authority (BRSA) facility in Union Beach are slated to pass through Monmouth County the week of July 23. Because of the oversized loads, however, some traffic delays can be expected.

The Conti Group, the project delivery group hired by BRSA, will transport the massive wind turbine materials from Newark to Union Beach by passing through Old Bridge and connecting to Marlboro where it will head east on county road 520 and turn up Wyncrest Road toward Route 79. It wll follow 79 into Matawan, where it will go through Main Street, over the NJ Transit train tracks and turn right on the Route 35 to head through Hazlet toward Union Beach. The seemingly odd route was chosen to help offset costs

"It's not likely that we will damage anything, but we're taking every precaution," Conti project manager Eric Millard told Patch. He also said that the route has been carefully mapped out and town officials have given approval. Although they will be carrying oversized loads, the trucks will "not be any heavier than regular concrete trucks that you see in the area."

The Matawan Borough Council to authorize Mayor Paul Buccellato to sign an agreement with Conti Enterprises to approve the transportation of wind turbine components through the borough at an April 2012 council meeting. Conti bonded $250,000 to cover all costs for the replacement of any infrastructure that has the potential to be damaged, and a maintenance bond for $250,000 will remain in place for a period of two years.

The Union Beach Borough Council authorized a special counsel in late June to seek an injunction from the state Superior Court that would block the transport of the wind turbine, but so far no hearing date for the injuction has been set.

"We do have a set schedule that we're following," he continued, but would not say which exact dates the delivery would be made aside from the fact that they would start on July 23. According to a June 27 article from National Wind Watch, however, the parts will be delivered "over the course of 7-10 business days, Monday through Thursday, between the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m."

According to a press release from Marlboro Police Capt. Steve Menonna, the turbine is divided into three different sections, and each section will be transported along the route on different days throughout the week.The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office will escort each transport, and traffic control will be provided by local police officers. The release also said that traffic delays may be experienced "as utility wires and traffic light arms are moved to allow this oversized load to pass."

Bill Heller July 14, 2012 at 07:04 PM
And what will happen if the Appeals Court, who is aware of Conti and the BSRA's plans to transport and erect the turbine, rules against them this coming week on the injunction, on their right to even build it or both? I pray that happens so Union Beach can be saved from Windzilla, which according to an early newspaper article was conceived by then BSRA commissioner and councilman Frank "Boss" Wells. In his dreams he's Boss. If they succeed, this wind turbine will destroy home values in Union Beach. Would you consider investing your hard-earned dollars in a home close to a noisy 38-story industrial wind installation with blades each the size of a cell tower? This wind turbine will put Boss Wells and the BSRA in the Boondoggle Hall of Fame. They claim savings, yet a cost/benefit analysis was never done, there is no warranty on Windzilla, maintenance is expensive, it uses a lot of grid power (not its own) to power its systems, the gears wear out at about $200K every five years or so and that's not being budgeted for, the blades need to be replaced in about 12 years, and there's no money being set aside for disassembly/removal/remediation after 20 years when it's reached the end of its life. It's the height of arrogance and irresponsibility and ratepayers will pay the cost in the end. Plus, both a judge and the DEP warned them that if they truck it and build it prior to the court's rulings, they do so at their own risk of an order to dissemble and remove it. It's insane!!!!
Bill Heller July 14, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I'd like to add that the world over, people are complaining about damage to their health and home values from industrial scale wind turbines. In places like Denmark, no stranger to wind, it’s the law that homeowners must be compensated for loss-of-value. The BSRA will never guarantee home values, UB residents will have to line up to sue them, more ratepayer expense: 1) http://www.ens.dk/en-us/supply/renewable-energy/windpower/onshore-wind-power/loss-of-value-to-real-property/sider/forside.aspx 2) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2011/09/30/ontario-wind-power-property-values.html 3) http://www.windaction.org/documents/27736 4) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/business/energy-environment/06noise.html
Milton R. July 14, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Are Conti and the BRSA going to compensate local businesses for business disruption losses due to blocked traffic and the like? And what if they have to disconnect power lines so they can temporarily remove them to allow the trucks to pass through? On a hot summer day that will present real problems for folks, fry a computer ot two, and also hurt businesses. This whole power grab of a move by a lousy stinking sewer plant that thinks it knows better than everybody else in these parts is a really, really stupid idea. How are they getting away with this crap?
Charles E. Hoffman. Jr. July 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM
I raised the maintenance & decommissioning issues at an open public meeting & was never given a hard, agreed upon NO answer. If it were to be built, I am of the opinion that as part of the BRSA's 2015 Recapitulation Plan, ref Commissioner WELLS words, will include the decision to sell-off the IWT itself & enter into a leased land for reduced electrical cost agreement with the IWT buyer. A "land lease" agreement of this nature is how the Atlantic City Sewer outfit had their wind turbine electrical costs savings agreement designed. It is also my opinion that the Ultimate Buyer of the IWT will be a LLC. Buy conducting this sell-off, the BRSA will no longer have any responsibility for the maintenance and decommissioning of the IWT and the LLC can, if and when faced with a maintenance and/or decommissioning cost that exceeds the remaining "fair value" of the IWT, file for bankruptcy and walk away leaving the community with a huge "eye sore" that its taxpayer will ultimately end up having to fund for its removal. Question: Will the BRSA establish an escrow acct for decomm-ing? The answer: NO! Might do so as part of 2015 Recap Plan. Question: Will the BRSA at some future date sell off the IWT itself under a "land lease" agreement? Answer: Why would we want to do that? Reply to Answer: It would be a "smart business" decision! The BPU should require the BRSA to est. and maintain a $1.5 Mil decomm escrow acct as a condition for issuing the $408K IWT renewable energy grant to BRSA.
Bill Heller July 20, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Charles...I would bet dollars to wind turbines that your are correct. The money in industrial wind turbines is not in the power generated, but in the tax incentives. Every time a IWT changes hands, the new owners get to depreciate it with a special "double declining" depreciation. And that's just one of the perks. That's why IWTs and wind farms are constantly being sold and bought in the greater marketplace. As a nonprofit state authority, the BSRA can't take advantage of all the tax perks, but a lot of LLCs and the like can. And those firms can't always be held accountable to the public and local municipalities. And you are also correct when you say they can simply dissolve their LLC and walk away from a turbine installation if the costs start to outweigh the financial rewards, leaving the IWT behind as a rusting monument to a failed technology. It has happened a lot around the world.

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