AG Martha Coakley & Wind Turbines
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#1 Nov 6, 2013
AG Martha Coakley & Wind Turbines
Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) Democrat has announced she is running for Governor of Massachusetts. As Attorney General her office is the voice for fairness for those who need it most. That's not the case when it comes to the victims of commercial wind turbines statewide. Where has she been?
Attorney General Martha Coakley is the chief lawyer and law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In addition, her office is an advocate and resource for the Commonwealth and its residents protecting our civil rights. What happened to the civil rights of the residents living around the Falmouth wind turbines ? Has she brought people together to drive innovative solutions to the ongoing health issues and lack of sleep caused by the wind turbines ? NO
In 2008 Martha Coakley got a former Democratic State Representative from East Freetown to agree to pay nearly $500,000.00 restitution for violating the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act. The money was for misleading customers of his "wind turbine business." Today it's unclear if all the restitution was ever paid. The former Democratic Massachusetts State Representative now resides in Hawaii.
The Attorney General operates the Government Bureau initiates affirmative litigation in the public interest, on behalf of the Commonwealth and its residents. What about the victims of the wind turbines their property rights and health ?
Today we see Martha Coakley (D) with her campaign funds in disarray. The Massachusetts Republican Party is asking to appoint a special investigator to look at Attorney General Martha Coakley’s use of her federal political account. Again what about the wind turbine victims ?
Falmouth in one more year will have gone through a series of unending lawsuits going into the future. The public will be much more educated about commercial wind. Attorney General Martha Coakley has got to step up to the plate to protect the wind turbine victims in Massachusetts or give up the race for governor.
#2 Nov 6, 2013
October 09, 2008 - For immediate release:
Attorney General Martha Coakley Reaches Settlement with Defective Wind Turbine Company
FALL RIVER - Today, Attorney General Martha Coakley’s Office obtained a consent judgment against Mark Howland, of East Freetown and his company WindTech-Co, resolving allegations that he violated the Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act by misleading consumers, many in Southeastern Massachusetts, by making false and misleading representations in promoting the sale of wind turbines, failing to install turbines paid for by consumers and providing unsafe wind turbine installations. Under today’s agreement, which was filed in Fall River Superior Court, Howland will have one year to repay $488,000 in restitution. If he fails to make that payment within one year Howland will be responsible for a payment of $638,000.
“Now more than ever, it is crucial that consumers seek out clean and sustainable alternative energy sources,” said Attorney General Coakley.“This settlement will help ensure that consumers need not fear for their safety or that they are being taken advantage of as a result of contributing to environmentally-sound solutions.”
In March 2007, the Attorney General’s Office filed a complaint and obtained an emergency court order in Bristol Superior Court to shut down Howland’s Freetown company and to place a freeze on his bank accounts. The Attorney General’s Office identified over 160 consumers affected by the faulty wind turbines.
The complaint alleged that Howland misrepresented the power generation capabilities of the turbine systems, and did not disclose to consumers that certain local permitting was necessary for the installation of the turbines. In many instances, local building inspectors notified consumers that construction of the turbines would need to be halted and that systems already installed violated zoning laws. The complaint further alleged that of the systems that Howland and WindTech-Co. installed, most if not all were installed in an unsafe and ineffective manner. Specifically, most installations did not meet the specifications of the turbines’ manufacturer, which posed a safety threat and also failed to generate the intended energy capacity.
Additionally, the complaint alleges that Howland made false representations to consumers in order to sell wind turbine systems. Specifically, Howland misrepresented to consumers that the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) would reimburse consumers for a large portion of the purchase of the turbine systems. The MTC is a quasi-state agency which runs a renewable energy grant program that encourages private homeowners to install wind or solar systems to power their homes or businesses. The program partially reimburses homeowners for the installation of these systems upon completion. Howland misrepresented that the reimbursement was automatic. The MTC sets a cap on the amount of pending projects by a single contractor that may seek reimbursement, and WindTech-Co. surpassed that cap, leaving some consumers disqualified from the reimbursement program. MTC referred the matter to the Attorney General in January 2007 after receiving numerous complaints from Howland’s consumers.
Under today’s agreement, Howland is permanently prohibited from operating a business involved in the sale and installation of alternative energy systems, specifically, wind turbine and hybrid wind turbine/photo-voltaic systems.
This matter was handled by Assistant Attorneys General Margret Cooke and David Monahan of Attorney General Coakley’s Consumer Protection Division. Quinton Dale, Director of Attorney General Coakley’s Investigations Division and the staff of the Investigations Division also assisted in this case.
#3 Nov 6, 2013
Ex-Mass. lawmaker's land may be sold
Published 09:58 a.m., Wednesday, July 13, 2011
FREETOWN, Mass.(AP)— The state Attorney General's office is looking to sell 26 acres of land in Lakeville belonging to a former state lawmaker to repay people allegedly misled by his alternative energy company.
Attorney General Martha Coakley reached an agreement in 2008 with former state Rep. Mark Howland of Freetown and his company WindTech Co. to settle allegations that he made false and misleading representations in promoting the sale of wind turbines.
Howland was ordered to repay customers. A spokeswoman for the attorney general's office tells The Herald News of Fall River he has only repaid $93,000 and still owes more than $524,000.
Lakeville officials question whether the sale of the land can cover the amount still owed. The land is assessed at $349,000.
Howland, who now lives in Hawaii, did not return a message Wednesday.
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