Is Alec Baldwin’s wind turbine feasible?

July 17, 2012 12:00PM

Actor Alec Baldwin hopes to erect a 120-foot wind turbine on his Amagansett, Long Island property, but his history of working to preserve East Hampton’s character could put his plan in jeopardy, the Wall Street Journal reported. More specifically, a stringent set of rules that are directed at keeping the area’s rural character and scenery, which Baldwin himself has advocated, could compromise the proposal.

If approved and constructed, Baldwin’s turbine would generate up to 10,000 kilowatts of electricity annually. Baldwin has indicated that he hopes to build the turbine to avoid paying the rates set forth by the Long Island Power Authority and call attention to renewable energy. The turbine would cost $97,050, the Journal said, but a $38,185 rebate from LIPA and a federal tax credit to the tune of nearly $18,000 will offset the total cost.

Baldwin said he is concerned that his neighbors could convince the East Hampton Town Board, which has final say, to turn down the plan because of aesthetics. However, no public disagreement with his plan has surfaced at this point. [WSJ]