Energy Central News

Curated power industry news from thousands of top sources.

News

Falmouth Turns Into A 2.5 Million Wind Turbine Dump

  • Feb 10, 2020
  • 464 views
Source: 
ArabianSupplyChain.com

Massachusetts Land-Based Wind Turbine Health Fiasco Spending Continues With Funds From The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

The Town of Falmouth created a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety related to the implementation or use of covered ARRA funds.

Like children at an ice cream counter, this politically-connected town filled their cone with soft-serve from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection loan program and then illegally dipped it into the vast vat of taxpayer funding made available through the economic stimulus program (the America Recovery and Reinvestment Act or ARRA).

The America Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds from 2009 should never have been loaned to the Town of Falmouth.

The noise danger was known prior to construction the turbines emit 110 decibels of noise each affecting up to 200 residential homes.

The 2005 KEMA Inc study done for the town made it clear the danger of installing these foreign-made turbines prior to the loan.

How exactly does Falmouth town government fritter away your hard-earned federal tax dollars?

The expansion of land-based wind power in Massachusetts collapsed to its lowest level since 2005. Wind turbine makers call it a"punch in the gut of the green energy transition" and blame themselves for misleading the public. Almost all post-construction acoustic testing reports prove that the noise levels generated are greater than predicted in the pre-construction modeling reports. This is true in as many as twenty-one communities and Falmouth.

The Falmouth taxpayers who are the owners of two large Vestas V-82 type 1.65 megawatt wind turbines took a ten-year licking over the giant sculptures and still throwing money away.

By June 2017 the town was found guilty by its own zoning board and Massachusetts courts the turbines were erected without a special permit and the turbine noise, shadow flicker, and ice throw is a nuisance.

It took eight years, multiple judges and juries in as many as eleven litigation cases which all included appeals.

Over the eight-year period, the Falmouth Select Board asked Town Meeting Members who meet every six months for up to $300,000.00 at a time for legal expenses to fight the neighbors of the wind turbines who filed litigation against the town.

The Select Board described the lawsuits against the neighbors as a "slam dunk."

The neighbors who fought the wind turbine noise described as torture spent their life savings fighting the town. Not everyone lost.

The Falmouth Select Board ignored the protracted legal battle and legal fees as they followed the state land-based wind turbine agenda using their board positions as a stepping stone to more lucrative state or private jobs. After all the taxpayers were footing the bills.

It may be worth noting that the town was warned by Vestas wind company prior to the construction of the turbines would exceed state noise regulations.

The Boston law firms that represented the town in litigation are all driving new cars and made a bundle off the taxpayers.

The town engineering contract company who helped install the wind turbines is now being paid to take down the turbines and store the turbines. The turbines were originally in storage back in 2005 as no one wanted the loud 110-decibel gear-driven wind turbines.

Despite written warnings, emails, 2005 KEMA Inc study, and General Electric companies refusal to place one smaller wind turbine the town installed the two Vestas turbines in 2010 and 2012.

The August 2010 Vestas 110 decibel wind turbine noise warning has never been disclosed to the public ten years later.

The Massachusetts Department of Health has never interviewed a single wind turbine victim in Massachusetts. The state of Massachusetts was the original owners of two Vestas V-82 type 1.65 megawatt wind turbines they knew generated 110 decibels each. The state had the specifications in 2005.

The Massachusetts Department of Health and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is stuck in regulatory capture protecting the wind turbine industry. The state is taking your health, property rights, and your tax dollars to advance a state land-based wind turbine agenda gone horribly wrong.

The news media shares much of the guilt presenting "Puff Stories" that the town could make 5.7 million over the next ten years moving 15-year-old gear-driven wind turbines that were designed in the 1990s. The gearboxes and blades need replacement and the antiquated turbines only produce half the power when installed.

Moving the wind turbines is not cost-effective. There is nowhere in the world they move 15-year-old gear-driven wind turbines to a new location.

The Falmouth Select Board convinced Falmouth Town Meeting Members in November of 2019 to spend 2.5 million dollars to take down the turbines and that does not include long term storage.

The blades on the Falmouth wind turbines weigh seven tons each and there are six of them for a total of 42 tons of fiberglass waste in a landfill.

Discussions
Spell checking: Press the CTRL or COMMAND key then click on the underlined misspelled word.
Frank Haggerty's picture
Frank Haggerty on Jan 20, 2022

The Town of Falmouth Massachusetts as of Jan 2022  is going to place a buried onshore wind turbine cable through congested residential neighborhoods. The cable at 1200 megawatts and 345,000 volts is double the output of the Pilgrim Nuclear Plant ( 680 ) megawatts - EMF from cables causes Childhood Leukemia  

Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »