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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -Falmouth Wind Turbine

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Bob Gagnon

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Nov 1, 2011
Falmouth, Massachusetts -American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds

The Town of Falmouth is building clean energy projects, commercial wind turbines, that are making at least 50 residents sick. The residents of Falmouth, Massachusetts say they're suffering headaches, insomnia and depression because of a 400-foot tall town-owned wind turbine that began operating there last year. They have complained for over a year.

What will make you more ill is how the turbine called Wind 1 was built using money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act?

Lets specifically point to $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds granted to build the Falmouth foreign made wind turbine called Wind 1, of which an estimated about $4.5 million is already spent.

In 2004, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC), the quasi-public agency tasked with encouraging renewable energy technologies in the state of Massachusetts, gambled $5.28 million in public funds to purchase two new (at the time) Vestas V82 – 1.65 megawatt wind turbines.

The Collaborative plan was to sell the towers to municipalities in an effort to jump-start local public renewable projects. The turbines were stored in a warehouse in Texas at $3500.00 a month until 2010.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has taken over many of the duties of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC)

The wind turbines were "repurchased" in 2010 with stimulus funds.
They were purchased in Denmark in 2004 -
How did the EPA grant a waiver to spend stimulus funds on these two turbines?
How did this put American workers to work?
Over 50 residents are sick!
Let's get some answers !

The urls are below in order how these American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds were used :

(1) First the EPA waiver :

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

(2) Second the auction by the Mass Technology Collaborative in 2008 when they couldn't sell the turbines :

Friday, August 8, 2008

MTC puts mothballed wind turbines on auction block. The MTC was stuck with two politically embarrassing commercial wind turbines at this time

(3) Third and last :

The Wind 1 Falmouth foreign made turbine manufactured in Denmark in 2004 went into operation in March 2010 and not long thereafter became the subject of strenuous complaints from 50 members of the nearby community regarding noise impacts. Beginning in June 2010 the Town convened a technical team and launched a public process to understand and address the complaints.Information on this process is available at:

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