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Fairhaven Wind Turbine Planning Board April 2008

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Mary Delaney


#1 Nov 15, 2011

Meeting reconvened at 7:15 p.m. Chairman Fleurent called the meeting back to order at that time.

Town Planner’s report was read by Secretary Pelland.

Jim Sweeney (President CCI Energy)– We started this project in 2003. We are proposing a community wind project which has community benefits to the Town. We would provide the electricity to the waste water treatment plant with the balance of power going to the grid. We will provide a minimum of $100,000 to the Town, in lieu of taxes, because the land can’t be taxed. That escalates over time. This will bring several million dollars of revenue over time to the Town. The financers are comfortable going forward. Town Meeting approved the project and we entered into a lease with the Town. Right now, we’re contemplating that this will be ready by the end of the year.

Planning Board Meeting April 22, 2008
Bill Carson


#2 Nov 15, 2011

Fairhaven wind project developer dodges

Standard-Times staff writer

December 27, 2008 12:00

FAIRHAVEN— The developer behind the Fairhaven wind turbines is abandoning the special permit granted earlier this year but not the project, according to a letter sent to the town last week.

CCI Energy will now work with the town on how to restructure the project using the recently enacted Green Communities Act in order to provide the greatest benefit to the town, according to James Sweeney, CCI's president.

"I think it's taking a step forward," Mr. Sweeney said of the change. "This way we think we can move forward quicker and provide some benefits to the town."

Relinquishing the permit allows the project to sidestep a lawsuit filed against the town and the project in June, according to Mr. Sweeney.

After the Planning Board granted CCI the special permit, a group of 11 residents filed a civil suit asking the court to overturn the board's approval.

CCI is proposing to erect two wind turbines on town-owned land adjacent to the waste treatment plant on Arsene Street.

Under the special permit, "we were held up with the suit until 2010," said Mr. Sweeney.

Abandoning the permit gets the ball rolling again: "It doesn't prohibit us from going forward with the project," said Mr. Sweeney.

CCI is also making a change to the turbines it will use for the project, according to Mr. Sweeney.

In its original application for the special permit, CCI specified two Vestas turbines from the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, known as MTC.

However, MTC's turbines, which the agency advertised for sale on its Web site in August, are no longer available, according to Mr. Sweeney.

Instead, CCI is planning to use two turbines from AAER, a Canada-based company, he said.

A call to an MTC spokesman was not returned Friday.

It's still unclear how the changes to the project will affect the permitting process, but more information on relevant aspects of the Green Communities Act will likely be available in January, according to Mr. Sweeney.

"I believe it will be a little bit more streamlined, but there's still a lot of unknowns," he said. "But our plan is to have the system operational towards the end of 2009."

Contact Charis Anderson at canderson@s-t.com
Mary Delaney

Mattapoisett, MA

#3 Nov 15, 2011
The two Vestas wind turbines that were scheduled for Fairhaven went to Falmouth where they made 50 residents sick and some had to live in their basements !

Falmouth ,Massachusetts Vestas 1.65 MW V 82 wind turbine noise.

"If you want to see the future, come to Falmouth," Massachusetts Gov Patrick said.

The Falmouth commercial wind turbine dedicated last year is the first of two planned for the treatment facility site, said Falmouth's assistant town manager and the town's project manager for the turbine project.A Vestas V 82 wind turbine with a 1.65 MW rating has caused major noise issues and sickness with over fifty residents.

A construction contract for the second turbine — which will be equal in size and power output to the first one — was signed with a Woburn-based construction company .That project is expected to benefit from federal stimulus money.

The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) was stuck with two Vestas V 82 commercial wind turbines in 2004 at $3500.00 per month storage fees in a warehouse in Texas. The MTC was state's semi quasi economic development agency for renewable energy.

The costs of the turbines were 5.2 million dollars. The Massachusetts
Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has since taken over the many duties of the MTC.

The turbines were so old they were out of warranty. The semi quasi state agency had to produce good wind turbine studies for towns interested in wind turbines and sell these two politically embarrassing turbines to some town in Massachusetts.

Some residents of Falmouth, Mass. say they're suffering headaches, insomnia and depression because of a 400-foot tall town-owned wind turbine that began operating there last year.

Because of its strong winds, Cape Cod is a crucial part of Governor Deval Patrick’s plan to erect enough wind turbines to power 800,000 home by the end of the decade – a quarter of them on land. But complaints about a wind turbine in Falmouth are raising the possibility that one bad experience could jeopardize Patrick’s state-wide push for wind energy.

The two older gear driven Vestas V 82 foreign made commercial wind turbines were repurchased in 2010 like a used car using an EPA waiver to use 2009 stimulus funds to purchase the turbines by the Town of Falmouth in 2010. The turbines were purchased the first time in 2004 .There are still issues of how federal stimulus funds were used to buy two commercial wind turbines that were built and bought in 2004 and resold with NO warranty in 2010 !
Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#4 Apr 20, 2014
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