Alec Baldwin Files Paperwork for Windmill

One hundred and twenty foot structure would be the first residential windmill in East Hampton Town, reports 'Newsday.'

Alec Baldwin has filed an application to erect the first residential windmill in East Hampton Town, a 120-foot structure which would reach up to 131 feet tall on his 8.3-acre property, according to Newsday.

and the currently operate wind turbines, and being the first residential proposal, the town's planning department recommended holding a public hearing on the proposal.

The 10-kilowatt windmill would reportedly cost around $60,000 to erect.

For more, click here to read the article in Newsday (subscription required).

What do you think of this proposal? 

Preliator June 12, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Gail Simons June 12, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Liman June 12, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Just wondering... is he paying it all? Or is it taxpayer subsidized? LIPA rate-payer subsidized? Like the fellow who put one on his farm in Amagansett... reportedly a $90,000 job but almost all of it was funded through such grants. Inquiring minds...
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I don't know how Mr. Baldwin is paying for it. Many the wind turbines, like the one the farms put up, do get grants and rebates, but it's not taxpayer funded in the sense that East Hampton subsidizing them directly. But, I hear what you're saying . . .
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Here are some comments via Facebook: Carla Joy Zambelli: If someone's far enough off the road, and the immediate neighbors don't get upset....well aren't windmills part of Hampton history? Loretta Lynch: Not fond of the idea. Picture it if you will what it would be like if many had them. D C DeForest Jr: NIMBYists killed the Idea of powering the Montauk Lighthouse in the '90s ---- they need to be embarrassed and made ashamed into action. Jen Foerster Edwards: Why would they be a bad thing? Isn't alternative energy a step forward? Christian Stevens: Let them be installed where ever feasible!!! Michael J. Behan: Alec has enough wind to power the entire town. Just kidding great idea if it doesn't ruin the landscape but when is solar power not enough?
amagansett voter June 12, 2012 at 06:50 PM
We ALL subsidize these alternative energy rebates through additional charges on our LIPA bill each and every month.
K. June 12, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Shhhhhh! (We're all supposed to pretend that is not the case).
Preliator June 12, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Don't forget he Chevy Volt, we all subsidize that piece of junk, well, those of us who pay taxes that is.
Springs Advocate June 13, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Wow! the acting roles must really be drying up for Alec. This is a total publicity stunt. The dems will pounce on it, endorse it as a key step in saving East Hampton, Zach Cohen will get his picture in the paper with Alec. and so on and so on and so on Typical business as usual for the wanna be elite. I'm not buying it
Open Sky June 13, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Why would you allow a person to build a 130 foot structure in an area that the max allowable building height is 32 feet? How can you question whether it would look good? I mean what would you prefer to look at, the open sky and trees and birds or a freaking windmill???? Private windmills make absolutely zero sense in the Hamptons.


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