NYC Looking At Staten Island Windmill Proposal

NEW YORK (AP) — Windmills on Staten Island? It’s a proposal New York City officials are exploring.

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Cas Holloway said Thursday at a town hall meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg that the city is exploring what sites on Staten Island might be feasible.

Holloway said “you’re going to see movement on that pretty fast.”

Do you think there should be windmills on Staten Island? Sound off below in our comments section.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Tim

    Good idea. It sucks.

    • Tim

      Why does it suck Tim?

  • Tim

    Why are there so many people against these units? Seriously, wind power has been around since 200bc and was used to grind grains. It is used to pump water, and to do many other things. Energy that can be made without destroying the ozone layer should always be looked at in a positive way, not a negative. Even more so when you consider this.
    1. By hooking a wind turbine or solar panel to your house you get a 30% tax credit.
    2. It is tax exempt
    3. If you create more power than you use you can sell it back
    4. there are grants for using renewable resources in almost every state.
    5. You will no longer have a electric bill
    Now this is based off hooking one up to your house, and the government wants you to do so. Check you local statutes, you may find that there is one in place that denies any entity from stopping you from erecting a unit on your property, condo, or townhome…. also go to for other info. Educate yourselves on these before you bash them.

  • Charles

    The windmills need to be placed on top of all of the buildings in Manhattan, where the libs who believe in them live. Let them listen to the shrill turbines they think are so wonderful 24/7. Due to the fact Manhattan has so many tall buildings, thousands of powerful, natural wind tunnels are always created that are stronger even then the open spaces of the NYC suburbs. Then when we get dead air in the summer and the turbines are sitting still and produce no power, once again, we can cut electricity to the consituency who believes wind and solar will replace oil. If it fails and does not produce the exaggerated energy they claim it will, they can sit in the dark and swelter. Wind mills are a great idea but belong in Manhattan where the people who believe in them live and should be given the results of their placement, good or bad..

    • Tim

      Roof mounted Mini Turbines make almost no noise at all. Your car is louder!

    • KPMc

      “The libs who believe in them”? What does that even me? Are you saying conservatives don’t “believe” in clean sources of energy? Do you think it’s something that doesn’t exist? Like Santa or the Easter bunny?

      It’s just stupid thinking like this that is ruining this country. Must you really identify with one side or the other so closely? Don’t you have a mind of your own which is capable of forming opinions for each subject independently or are you such a lemming you go down the list and side whichever way your party’s representatives are telling you to?


  • Rick

    Why not? Staten Island has been the least cared about and dumped on boro in NYC , for ever. Ted Kennedy objected to wind mills off his Hyannisport compound, spoiled the neighborhood, by his reasoning. My proposal, if Bloomberg wants them on S.I,, then put some up in Central Park. Bet he don’t, because the lefty liberals who love “green” solutions, draw the line when it comes to their neighborhood.

  • JE

    Great the windmills can blow the smell from the garbage to the rest of Staten Island.



      • Captain America

        Yep. So stay in Harlem. LOL

  • Rob

    Why is it always Staten Island? We are already have to deal with all the NYC garbage. Please, place these ugly contraptions at the Gracie’s mansion or better yet City Hall, surely all the NYC useless pencil pushers will be in favor of them.

  • R L Williams

    Excellent – about time! It’s really windy around the bay area – there is a reason they hold so many kite-flying competitions in Liberty State Park. It should also be noted that as it’ll be within view of Downtown Manhattan, such windfarms can be branded. And that means the electricity is more valuable.

  • Richard

    If you want a meaningful quick fix to the energy problem then go Nuclear.

    Windmills, solar and thermal should be developed and improved for near future use.

    • Tim

      It should be put more to a local issue than a state issue of who uses it. Nuclear is not the solution, is effects the air , and causes a great risk. Wind Turbines have been around for a long time, but people should be connecting to thier homes, not having the government putting up these large units. Mini roof mounted systems run on as little as 1.2mph wind, and can proce great amounts of power, as well and be hooked in series. Also, a battery backup can be used to store up to 8 hours of backup power. In short, there are greater benifits to wind then others.

  • Thomas John

    I think very late to implement this. Why not SOLAR plant also. Many wind mill can be installed on the top of the Bridges. Staten Island is connected with many Bridges. I have an IDEA to make Solar Plant and wind milll plant compaint (2-in 1)
    with out spreading on Ground and Roof tops. I am ready to share the know how for some kind of compensation

    All the best.

    • Tim

      I can provide streetlamps that also have 2 solar panels and a 2kw wind trubine atop them. In short it equals 2.6kw per hour total, and if you line them accross any of the bridges, you would produce more power than a wind farm. Not only that, but it would also run the lights!

  • ace

    They should build a nuclear power plant. This would solve all our energy needs.

    Wind turbines have killed more people (and birds) than all the nuclear power plants ever built.

    • Tim

      can you show me where you got your stats? I would be interested in reading this. Nuclear meltdowns have taken thousands of lives, and I don’t think I ever heard of anybody having a wind turbine explode and kill thousands of people. Let alone contaminate an entire city. Russia is still dealing with thier meltdown, and Japans issue with the tsunami, lets not even get into that one. 3mile island was a close call as well was Crystal River. So, please, show me how you came to your assumption?

  • russ

    great idea.
    Maybe they could be positioned ro blow the stench that comes from Jersey right toward mayor Bloomies house in manhattan. Maybe then he will have some small idea of what the other boroughs go through.

  • Dom

    The real reason behind the windmills is to blow the stink toward New Jersey

  • Steve Rader

    Solar power might be a better alternative to wind power but at this point in time anything is better than what we are using now especially in the long run the benefits far outweigh the downside.

  • Rafaelo

    Solar is better ,wind energy need more maintenance

    • Tim

      In residential use, solar can’t compare as there is almost no service required, and the power produced is much greater. You can have a net meter attached to your home and when you produce more than you use, the power company HAS to buy it back from you. In order to build that much energy from solar, you would need 1/2 acre of land just for the panels. I sell and install wind turbines and can say first hand, that a 5kw wind turbine hooked to your home will produce enough to where you do not need to worry about an electric bill EVER. If you dont want a bigger unit get 2-3kw roof mounted units and bam 6KW an hour… for you people out there that is over 4000kw a month!



      • Tim

        If you interested in a franchise, please let me know. I will supply everything you need!

      • Tim

        If you are interested in a wind turbine my company name is A&W Manufacturing Please email

      • anthony

        i want one , how do i get in touch with you

  • Marc M

    This should 100% absolutely be done. However, it is a common misconception that wind energy produces immediate savings in costs. It doesn’t. The real benefit is replacing polluting, finite resources such as oil and coal with infinitely renewable, clean resources such as wind. The savings will eventually come, but the initial start-up and transfer expenses will hold those off for a while. It is an awesome investment that requires vision enough to see past the next year’s energy bills.

  • Craig

    Yes, and if it is feasible the generators should utilize the methane from the Fresh Kills landfill as well.

  • jeff

    If you understand the facts it doesn’t make economic sense.

  • Green thumb

    As a Staten islander, I am all for it as long as it serves the residents, reduce energy costs and go green.

  • Bob

    If due deligence is done and facts support financial sense, than it should be a slam dunk.

  • Jon Kalleberg

    Yes! Perhaps we should install them on the old Fresh Kills landfill, which is currently being transformed into a park. It would be great P.R. for the borough to show that we are not the “garbage dump” of the city and are serious about safe energy. This will also provide jobs.

  • Robert

    The city should install the windmills on the landfill sites.

  • anthony

    we have plenty of real estate in tottenville as well as the old and recently closed dumps

    as long as they are properly maintained
    i think it would be verry welcome site

  • Al Albanese

    YES!!!! We need to get away from depending on oil this is a great first step for Sttaten Island

  • Mack Nostral

    YES! They are necessary if we plan to have a future of energy independence!

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