Falmouth Wind Turbine Backfires on Gov Patrick

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Sally Reynolds

Mattapoisett, MA

#1 Oct 12, 2011
"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 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

#3 Feb 3, 2013
Falmouth Massachusetts


BREAKING NEWS: Selectmen support removing wind turbines
More to come online and in Feb. 6 print edition of The Bulletin
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By Scott A. Giordano
Posted Jan 30, 2013 @ 07:09 PM
Last update Jan 30, 2013 @ 07:24 PM

The Falmouth Board of Selectmen voted to support removing the town’s two wind turbines, and they will draft language for a warrant article to be presented at their regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 4 – in time to have the issue go before voters in the town’s April 9 special election and then proceed to the general election in May.

Selectmen also voted to request the Massachusetts Clean Energy Commission forgive the town’s debt for renewable energy credits and to send a delegation of state officials to request help with the town's debt for the purchase of Wind 1 at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility.

At the end of their Jan. 30 meeting, Selectman Doug Jones said he was “very proud of the work we’ve done as a board to come to an agreement,” despite their differences of opinion throughout the process.

“This has been a long process to get us to where we are right now,”added Selectmen Chairman Kevin Murphy.“We’re in the last lap here.”

Look for follow-up information posted on Wicked Local Falmouth and published in the Feb. 5 print edition of The Bulletin.

Read more: BREAKING NEWS: Selectmen support removing wind turbines -- Falmouth Bulletin http://www.wickedlocal.com/falmouth/news/x206...

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