Last week the NJ ran an article about some people who live near the turbine that UD has erected in Lewes. Some would seem to be less than enthusiastic about this new addition to the area. No surprise there. The article states that the 256 foot tall turbine is visible from both New Jersey and from Slaughter Beach.
Let us compare with Bluewater Wind’s scheme:
- New Jersey is about 17 miles away from the UD turbine, Slaughter Beach is about 13 miles and Bluewater proposes to build theirs 13.2 miles off of the Delaware Beaches.
- The UD tower is 144 feet shorter than the 400 feet that the proposed Bluewater wind turbines will reach.
- Bluewater says that they plan to build about 50 of these larger turbines verses the single UD tower that now exists.
You may recall that the Bluewater Wind people said that their turbines, “…will not intrude on the beauty and visual integrity of Delaware’s most precious assets: its coastline and beaches.” They said that, “On a summer day, the typical haze will render the turbines invisible. In winter, the turbines will be minimally visible.”
So let me get this straight. The one UD turbine can be seen as far away as New Jersey and Slaughter Beach. But the Bluewater turbines which would be fifty percent taller and sticking up out of the water would not “intrude”. Never mind that there would be 50 of them.
It would seem that if these things were ever built, the view from Bethany Beach might look a lot different than what the pitchmen from Bluewater have been selling.