Turbine creates headwinds in Orono

  • Article by: JAMES ELI SHIFFER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 4, 2010 - 11:04 PM

Orono resident Jay Nygard believes installing a small wind turbine in his yard would be an energy saver, but he has run into opposition from the city.

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hatesredstarDec. 4, 1011:00 PM

In this dispute of man vs city it's a pity they both can't lose.

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dadieoDec. 4, 1011:17 PM

My god, what the heck is wrong with a guy putting up a little wind turbine and saving some money? Way better than all those ugly portable basketball hoops...which I wouldn't want to be removed either! We really don't need the government this far into our lives. It's his property for crying out loud...keep us safe Orono! Improve the schools! Get outta my yard!!

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knicholsDec. 4, 1011:27 PM

Follow the money!! I am unfamiliar with who supplies electricity in Orono. But if residents in Orono were able to put up their own wind mills and provide some to all of their own electricity Orono would lose out on the tax dollars collected via the power company. Add to that there are some companies that want control of you air conditioning. The winner here is the resident.

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claudetrolloDec. 4, 1011:28 PM

Its just when and where?.......hmmmmmm

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davethedogDec. 4, 1011:49 PM

If this bothers even one neighbor it should not be allowed. Also, aren't there laws against running a business out of a residence? It's one thing to try and save yourself some money, it's another to do it at others' expense.

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the_vfoxDec. 4, 1011:54 PM

Did I read that right. It's prohibited unless the city specifically says its okay for anything to be on PRIVATE property. Did I move to Russia????? Sounds like a solid fourth amendment case to me.

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wakemakerDec. 5, 1012:42 AM

I live out here and it's classic Orono. "We'll tell you what you can do and when you can do it". He can battle this forever and the City won't give up.

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almontcoDec. 5, 10 1:07 AM

Whether it's a good rule or bad rule, it's still the rule. The city told the guy he can't have it, and then he goes ahead and starts building it anyways. Stupidity and arrogance will get you nowhere.

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teddygDec. 5, 10 1:08 AM

Capricious and arbitrary city rules. This dude is going to win. IN the meantime, is Orono going to go after all those homes big money homes with solar panels on them?

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nometcouncilDec. 5, 10 1:10 AM

yesorNO

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