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Let's Make A Wind Turbine Deal

Wind Turbine Proposal

  Let's Make A Wind Turbine Deal

 The Massachusetts semi quasi state agencies are the state's economic development agency for renewable energy. The state has a renewable energy goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable energy by the year 2020. Everybody makes mistakes including semi quasi state agencies. The siting of commercial megawatt turbines in Falmouth was a mistake.

Originally a 660 Kilowatt turbine one third the size of the current 1.65 Megawatt was first proposed . The semi quasi state agency owned two 1.65 Megawatt turbines that were being held in a warehouse in Texas for years and had become a political embarrassment.

 The Town of Falmouth got offered a deal it couldn't refuse and took it . Today it looks like a Trojan Horse. 

Here is my proposal :

 A. The semi quasi state agency takes down the turbine and places it in a better location away from residential homes. The agency replaces the wind resources with photovoltaic's, solar, heat pumps, geothermal or the equivalent in renewable energy megawatts at no cost to the town. 

B. The semi quasi state agency, the owners of the turbine, provided the resources and studies done to have their turbine sited in Falmouth . The agency is in the process of awarding a 100 million dollar bid on February 15 ,2013 to build the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal for ocean wind turbine projects.

 C. The taxpayers of Falmouth pay nothing. The semi quasi agency uses the proceeds from the sale of the turbine to provide the Town of Falmouth with other sources of renewable energy at no cost to the town. In this scenario the neighbors around the wind turbine gets relief, the town gets one or several renewable projects at no costs and the semi quasi agency gets the turbines operating some place else.  

The semi quasi agency keeps going forward with its goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable energy by the year 2020. The semi quasi state agency is funded by the renewable energy tax on every residential and commercial electric bill. They have the resources.

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Bill Carson February 08, 2013 at 04:18 AM
See March 28,2005 Energy Committee Minutes :: http://www.falmouthmass.us/meeting.php?depkey=energy&number=290
David Kent February 08, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Mark, Is there anything out there that has a chance of shutting those turbines off before April? My point: If there isn't, then let's all just accept that we've won a HUGE VICTORY and let that victory play out between now and April. Is there anything that can end this before April? If not, let's chill.
Bill Carson February 08, 2013 at 05:35 PM
Dave , Obfuscation is the word that comes to mind when looking at the big picture in Massachusetts . They haved stalled hopng the victums of the wind turbines would huff and puff and go away. Every day ( Milton Today) the turbines are being shut down or hours turned down. The tide is turning the commercial wind turbine siting process in Massachusetts has serious flaws . The boards of health have to act in the best interest of the people ill from the turbines and prevent further harm .
mark cool February 10, 2013 at 12:31 PM
David - there is! That authority has rested with the board of health the entire time. It would seem the political solution could easily motivate an accelerated similar solution by the BoH. The one requiring patience is restoring community health. The decision that suffers the procrastination of the BoH would immediately restore residents health.
Bill Carson February 12, 2013 at 04:12 AM
Where is the Falmouth Community Wind Project Site Screening Report Apr 19, 2005 ? This report was prepared by KEMA ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT, INC and funded by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. Page 28 of the April 19, 2005 site review says : Section 6.2.2 a special permit is needed for the Falmouth Wind 1 turbine. Here is the pdf .Why no access to the report ? www.masstech.org/.../comm_wind/falmouth/falmouth_site_screening_study.pdf www.masstech.org/.../comm_wind/falmouth/falmouth_site_screening_study.pdf

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