Falmouth Wind Turbine -Stimulus Funds -Questions

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Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Dec 4, 2010
Are Falmouth town officials aware of catastrophic wiond damage of older turbines ? Vestas V 82   1.65 Wind Turbines Specs

http://www.energymaine.com/brwind/brdocs/Appe...

Please see section 31 Climate and Site Specifications you will see Extreme wind speed 42.5 m/s for 10 minutes .  42.5 m/s equals 95 miles per hour . 1 m/s equals about 2.2 miles per hour.

http://www.gordonengland.co.uk/conversion/vel...

This Vestas V 82 wind turbine is the one proposed for Orleans, Marion,Mattapoisett and Fairhaven it ended up in Falmouth.

Are these the two wind turbines purchased by the Massachusetts Technology Colaborative,MTC in 2004 for the installation in Orleans,Masachusetts ? The two wind turbines purchased in 2004 by the MTC were held in a warehouse in Texas at $3000.00 a month in storage fees for almost five years. In addition the monoploles that hold up the wind turbines were stored somewhere in Canada. The big question is how much more noise do these older turbines make if they are the same old turbine proposed for Orleans in 2004 ? Why was the MTC stuck with these two turbines for five years? What was the deal the MTC and the Town of Falmouth made for these two turbines if indeed they are the two antiquated out of warranty turbines from 2004 ? Did the wind sound study include the date and year of manufacture of the turbines? We need to find the actual date and time these turbines were built and go forward from there! We also need to see how federal stimulus funds were used to purchase the two old out of warranty turbines . If stimulus funds were used did the money go back to a semi-quasi state agency for profit ? Here is the website for the two turbines :

http://www.masshightech.com/stories/2008/08/0...
Bob Delaney

Mattapoisett, MA

#2 Dec 4, 2010
Only in Massachusetts do we pay for everything twice !

There is the possibility that the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative paid for two commercial wind turbines with renewable energy funds from our electric bills and then there is the possibility that the turbines were paid for again with federal stimulus funds again.

The Town of Falmouth voters were aware and told that these turbines were a giant gift horse, We will see in the near future if the payments come due in an investigation
Bill Carson

Mattapoisett, MA

#3 Dec 4, 2010
If you feel that there may be questions on stimulus funds you should contact :

Federal Stimulus Oversight
Massachusetts is eligible for over $8.7billion in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). Because the focus of Congress and state governments is on putting people to work, awarding contracts, and placing shovels in the ground quickly, the potential for mistakes is heightened. Following the lead of the Obama Administration, the AGO is working with the Patrick administration and other offices to promote two key goals: accountability and transparency.
On the Federal level, a Recovery.gov website is being maintained to explain and to document the ARRA, the allocation of funds, and the results of those expenditures. The Patrick Administration has set up a Massachusetts Recovery and Reinvestment website and each office within the administration has a section under the same logo, outlining its efforts under the ARRA.

The use of technology for communication is an important part of transparency. Working with the Patrick Administration, the AGO is well-situated to address many areas in which the potential for waste, inefficiency and potential fraud may exist and to help prevent those hazards.

For more information:

Testimony of Attorney General Martha Coakley to the Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight (PDF)(March 25, 2009: Hearing on Ensuring Accountability and Transparency in The Massachusetts Recovery and Reinvestment Plan)
A Stimulus With Integrity (Op-Ed piece, co-authored by Attorney General Martha Coakley and Governor Deval Patrick. This appeared in The Boston Herald on March 9, 2009)
Bob Delaney

Mattapoisett, MA

#4 Dec 5, 2010
Why not buy American ?

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-9...

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
AGENCY
[FRL–9142–5]
Notice of a Regional Project Waiver of Section 1605 (Buy American) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to the Town of Falmouth, MA

AGENCY: Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA).

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY: The EPA is hereby granting a waiver of the Buy America requirements of ARRA Section 1605 under the authority of Section 1605(b)(2)[manufactured goods are not produced in the United States in sufficient and reasonably available quantities and of a satisfactory quality] to the Town of Falmouth, Massachusetts for the purchase of a foreign manufactured wind turbine to be installed at its existing wastewater treatment facility
site.
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#6 Mar 18, 2013
http://www.falmouthmass.us/energy/presentatio...

Falmouth Wind-2
• WES Construction proposed a GE Energy wind turbine for Falmouth’s Wind-2

• GE declined to support the project due to safety concerns citing the proximity of the highway as
too close to Wind-2.

• As a result, the Town had to get a waiver from the EPA in order to use Federal Stimulus $(your
federal tax dollars) to buy a foreign wind turbine from Vestas, a Danish company

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