Massachusetts Senate President : Take Down The Wind Turbines
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#1 Feb 2, 2013
Falmouth selectmen support tearing down turbines
By sean teehan
February 02, 2013
FALMOUTH Standing in the shadow of Falmouth's two town-owned wind turbines on Wednesday, Brent Putnam said he felt a squeeze in the air pressure and heard the loud mechanical noise akin to a jet engine.
"You can feel it," said Putnam, vice chairman of the board of selectmen.
That sealed his decision about Falmouth's two 1.65-megawatt turbines at the town's wastewater treatment facility.
He then drove about five miles to a special selectmen's meeting where, for the first time, he and all four other selectmen voted in support of removing the town-owned Wind 1 and Wind 2 turbines, the cause of a bitter three-year controversy in Falmouth that began when neighbors complained of adverse health effects they say were from the turbines.
Wednesday night, selectmen voted in favor of sending delegations from the board to state legislators and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center a public agency funded with ratepayer dollars to find out how much financial assistance and debt forgiveness the town could receive if it takes down the turbines.
The board also plans to vote Monday on three separate warrant articles for a special town meeting in April that would collectively recommend the decommissioning of the turbines, fund the dismantling process and pay the cost of operating them for the rest of the fiscal year.
"This is something that has polarized the community," board Chairman Kevin Murphy said. "It was a situation in which Murphy's Law played out."
In a presentation Wednesday night, Assistant Town Manager Heather Harper who served as the turbine project's manager told selectmen that taking down the turbines would cost up to $11.9 million.
It would cost up to $1.5 million in the first year when accounting for dismantling costs, annual energy costs and other considerations, Harper said. Residents would pay an average of $53 to $66 in additional taxes that year.
Tearing down Wind 1 and Wind 2 may quash arguments among residents and town officials that began when the first turbine was erected in 2010 at a cost of $4.3 million, but the cost of decommissioning them could ignite new quarrels between local and state officials.
In the years leading up to Wind 1's ribbon-cutting, the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, the Clean Energy Center's predecessor, paid for a feasibility study and provided expert advice for design and siting, Catherine Williams, a spokeswoman for the center, said.
Senate President Therese Murray, D-Plymouth, praised the idea of removing the turbines. Murray, whom selectmen named as a legislator they would likely approach seeking financial assistance, said in a statement she looks forward to hearing more about Falmouth's decommissioning plans.
#2 Feb 2, 2013
Will you please listen to this steaming pile of BS:
"Our role is to help communities gather the information they need," Williams said. "At the end of the day, the decision is with the local communities."
Oh, please! Does this mean the CEC will start informing communities that people who live near these things will be nauseous, sleepless, and dizzy whenever the wind blows, that their lives will become a daily misery, and their property value will be destroyed. Will the CEC tell people that wind developers are lying bastards who will say virtually anything to get you to buy a turbine or have one put up in your neighborhood. Does anyone remember when Sumul Shah said (with a straight face) that he expected property value to go up by 20% in Fairhaven once we had turbines??
Make no mistake about it, the one and only mission of the CEC, the DOER, and the DEP is to hide the truth and promote the development of wind turbines at the governors bidding. Then, once they purvey their lying bullshit, the community is free to decide. I wonder if they mentioned to Princeton, MA that they would end up $4,000,000 in debt and have the highest electric rates in MA.
Apparently, they didnt tell Gloucester this either. Theyre putting up 4 x 2.0Mw turbines. If you are looking for cheap property near the water, keep an eye on Gloucester.
Leaving so soon, Governor? Dont the the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
Btw, in case anyone thinks that Scott Brown will be an improvement, you should know that he was the sponsor of the wind production tax credit (PTC) in the US Senate and he voted for it 5 times including the last time, when it finally passed in late at night just before Christmas. The PTC is a corporate welfare check paid to wind developers with your taxes and the ONLY thing propping up the collapsing wind industry. Scott is an turbine hugger too.
As Steve McQueen once said, I can make up something prettier than that, but thats the way it really is.
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