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Gardner Correctional Center Turbines Unmoving

December 17, 2012

An aerial photo shows the two wind turbines towering over the North Central Correctional Institution in Gardner. (T&G Staff/Rick Cinclair)

The North Central Correctional Center (medium security prison) in Gardner holds a captive audience of around 1,000 prisoners who will be guinea pigs for the state’s blind rush into industrial wind development, if the turbines ever start rotating. Shaun Sutner, reporting for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, finds “Turbine project at prison stands still” (12/12/16).  In his well-researched article, Sutner identifies numerous complications that have kept the turbines, built in 2010, from going online. Problems include needed infrastructure upgrades to connect with the grid and to hook up to the prison electrical system.

All told, taxpayers have shelled out about $427,000 for the wind power so far, yet not one watt of electricity has been generated.

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