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4 The Daily Tar Heel Thursday. January 12. 1973
Howard's Knob si te of project
Windmill to he built near Boone
By DAVID STACKS
HOWARD'S KNOB - This
inaccessible peak in the Blue Ridge
Mountains of Northwest North
Carolina soon will have a superlative to
draw visitors from near and far.
Officials of Blue Ridge Electric
Membership Corp. and the U.S.
Department of Energy have announced
plans to build the world's largest
windmill atop Howard's Knob, a 4,420-
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Scheduled to be operational later this
year, the wind turbine will be attached
to two rotor blades with a 200-foot span
mounted on a 150 foot tower. The
blades will have 50-foot ground
The project is part of a federal
program researching alternate sources
of energy, according to Bud Ayers,
engineering director with the Lenoir
based Blue Ridge Electric.
Ayers and his staff have been
monitoring winds on Howard's Knob
since December 1976 on a tower visible
from most vantage points in Boone. The
wind turbine will replace the present
The windmill will be constructed on a
six-acre tract leased from the Watauga
County Board of Commissioners, Ayers
said. The nearest house is 800 feet away.
But the only way to reach the summit is
on foot or in a four-wheel-drive vehicle
because the only road is unpaved and
Ayers said the N.C. Department of
Transportation has promised road
improvements before construction of
the windmill begins.
The rural electric cooperative will
supply engineers to monitor the
research station and perform minor
repairs after it is completed, Ayers said.
But only a handful of staff engineers
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will be needed to keep an eye on the fully
automatic station because equipment
on Howard's Knob can be monitored
from Blue Ridge Electric's Lenoir office,
"It's air gears and a generator," the
engineer said. "We hope it will produce
2,000 kilowatts per hour when the wind
blows at 24.6 mph."
But even with roaring winter winds,
Ayers said the generator and an
adjoining substation will generate less
than 10 percent of the power the
cooperative needs to supply its almost
30,000 members in eight counties.
"Ten percent is rather optimistic," he
"A source that depends solely on the
wind will never replace the hydroelectric
Maurice Rhodes, Blue Ridge
Electric's communications director, said
the wind generator will help the
company cut costs during the winter.
"The greatest'winds are in January
and February," Rhodes said. "That's
also when people use the most power.
Ironically, the coldest winds will help us
keep people warm during our peak-load
While imposing variables on the
amount of electricity the wind generator
produces, Rhodes said high-speed gusts
could cause other problems.
"Part of the experiment is to see if this
big monster will fall over or tear itself
national service. If large discrepancies exist
between the reports from each service. Carpenter
says he calls each one to find out why.
Dan Salgado, meteorologist at a bureau of the
National Weather Service at the Raleigh-Durham
Airport, says if a forecast on WTVD is different
from a forecast on WRAL-TV in Raleigh it
conf uses the public. W R A L uses only t he National
"We at the National Weather Service may
forecast rain or snow and they come out on a limb
and say snow," Salgado says. "It fouls things up.
ACCU-Weather should work for us or us for
them. But we're bigger." Salgado says.
Bob DeBardclaben, weatherperson at WRAL
in Raleigh, says he would not criticize ACCU
Weather. But he says it is money down the drain to
pay for ACCU-Weather when the information
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In the background is Howard's Knob, overlooking Boone,
which has been chosen as the location of the world's largest
windmill. The windmill is part of a research project examining
up," Rhodes said. "People have asked
what would happen if a blade should
break in a 35-mile-an-hour wind. I don't
know, really. But just how far is a
20.000-pound steel blade going to fly?"
Ayers said he doubts the blades will
break. The pitch and yaw controls cause
them to "feather out" in high winds,
making the blades hang still in 35 mph
Rhodes said an important aspect of
the windmill is its public accessibility.
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from the national service is free. .
"Why pay for it when you can get the National
Weather Service information for nothing'.'" he
says. "You have to believe in the people you are
working with and for. The National Weather
Service has a tremendous wealth of information."
DeBardelaben says if it snows in North
Carolina and the National Weather Service fails to
predict it, as it did just before Christmas, people
who expect 100 percent reliability automatically
say the National Weather Service is no good.
ACCU-Weather predicted the snowfall.
Susan Datz. reporter for WCHL in Chapel Hill,
says she is not familiar with the ACCU-Weather
service. But she says the information she uses from
the National Weather Service is sufficient and
accurate. "I have no complaints about the
service." Datz says.
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He said Blue Ridge Electric officials
hope to study how persons feel about
living within sight of . such a huge
H e said environmentalists have raised
the most fuss about the windmill
"Environmentalists are strange
creatures," Rhodes said. "They scream
for non-polluting alternate sources of
energy. But they don't want it in their
UNC patrolman claims
By DAVID STACKS
Security Director Ted Marvin has used
inconsistent methods of selecting police
officers for advancement in each of three
promotions made in the past two years, a
University Police officer has charged under
grievance provisions of the state personnel
Patrol Officer Fred Giles filed a formal
complaint with the University Personnel
Department Jan. 3 after Marvin appointed '
Patrol Officer Walter Dunrr to the rank of
Giles and five other patrol officers
unsuccessfully applied for the job Marvin
awarded to Dunn.
Giles also is charging police officials with
ignoring a merit selection system that
stresses applicants' education, training and
experience more than seniority.
"They (police officials) are manufacturing
a set of ironclad rationales that are not
consistent from case to case," Giles said.
standards practiced by
are fair to applicants,
"1 don't know if you would call it a science
or an art," Marvin said. "But making
promotions is difficult. We haven't had a
vacancy in two years without having several
applicants who could handle the job."
Marvin said the police' administration
reviewed the seven applicants for the
detective's position and recommended one
of them to the personnel department.
Although Marvin would not disclose the
name of the police; administration's
recommendation, he said it was not Dunn.
Personnel officials, however, reviewed the
applications and recommended Dunn, who
was then chosen for the post.
The security director said Dunn's
promotion was made after an examination
of each applicant's length of service,
evaluation by the applicants' commanding
officers and the amount of job-related
education each applicant had.
The plainclothes detective sergeant's job is
one of the most coveted in the 32-member
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new sources of energy. C.?icials hope to achieve 2,000
kilowatts of energy per day under ideal wind conditions. Photo
by Cameron Davis.
Part of a $20-million research project,
the Howard's Knob generator is one of
four windmills modeled after a smaller
prototype at NASA's Lewis Research
Center in Ohio. The Howard's Knob
model will be the largest, costing $3
The three other windmills, when
completed, will be in New Mexico,
Puerto Rico and on Block Island off the
coast of Rhode Island.
Two promotions were made after a
uniformed sergeant's position became
vacant in 1 976 and a lieutenant's post opened
in 1977. The third promotion, which took
effect last week, was Dunn's.
Marvin and police coordinator Maj. E. B.
Riggsbee interviewed candidates for the
uniformed sergeant's job in 1976. A four
member review board consisting of
uniformed police officers helped select the
lieutenant in 1977. Marvin and chief
i investigator Lt. Charlie Mauer made the
decision to promote Dunn.
Even though different selection methods
were used in the three promotions, Marvin
said the minimum standards for each
vacancy remained the same.
But Giles said police administrators rated
applicants for the detective's post in a
manner inconsistent with educational
standards set up under state guidelines. The
patrol officer said the minimum
qualifications University Police requires of
its personnel should be at least as stringent as
those of the N.C. Criminal Justice Training
and Standards Council.
Under University regulations, applicants
for the detective's post are required to have a
high school diploma, basic police training, a
basic criminal-investigation course and one
year of experience as a police officer.
In addition to requiring these same
minimum qualifications, the state training
council requires officers to have an associate
or bachelor's degree, or a specified number
of years of seniority certified by the council
as equivalent to a college degree.
Marvin said he did not use the state
guidelines because they are not part of
Giles charged police administrators with
setting aside the results of a merit selection
system established to assign point values on
the basis of each applicant's experience,
training and education.
Marvin said administrators did not rely on
the point system because several applicants
had almost the same number of total points.
Instead, he said the applicants' length of
service with the University was the deciding
factor in the promotion.
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