Bayonne’s new turbine that will power MUA pumping stations has its official bow as some neighbors air noise and safety concerns
The Peninsula City’s newly erected wind turbine was officially unveiled yesterday.
Located at the Bayonne Municipal Utility Authority’s Oak Street Pumping station, the turbine will produce 3.3 gigawatt hours of electricity a year, enough to power 600 single-family homes for the year, officials said.
Comprised of a roughly 260-foot tower and a 1.5 megawatt center piece, the turbine will be used to assist in powering the both the city’s Oak Street and Fifth Street pumping stations.
It will go online in March, officials said.
Several city officials, including BMUA executive director Steve Gallo, director of Public Safety Jason O’Donnell, director of Municipal Services Joseph Waks, and City Council President Terry Ruane were on hand for yesterday’s official unveiling.
The wind turbine will save the city in electricity costs and also earn Renewable Energy Credits with PSE&G, Gallo said.
The project is expected to save the BMUA $7 million over the next 20 years.
“The completion of the wind turbine is a big step forward for renewable energy,” Mayor Mark Smith said in a statement. “Harnessing wind power is part of my administration’s policy of achieving savings and greater efficiency in government.”
Several nearby Isabella Avenue residents were also talking about the wind turbine yesterday.
“I could see having a windmill, but not so close to the houses,” said Charlotte Pachucki, an Isabella Avenue resident of 33 years. “I really think the windmills are good things, but they should be on a mountain, or they should be over the (military) base at the end (of town) where there are no homes.”
Another Isabella Avenue resident of 30 years, Donna James, whose backyard is several hundred feet from the wind turbine, expressed concerns about the effect the wind turbine will have on property values and how much noise it will make.
But John Armstrong, senior associate with Hatch Mott MacDonald, the project design engineers who worked on the wind turbine project, said the noise produced by the turbine should not exceed the city’s nighttime noise ordinance.
“You’re more likely to hear a truck passing on East Fifth Street than you’ll hear the turbine,” he said.
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