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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 January 29, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Falmouth Health & Windfarms: Experimentation on people filmed at Falmouth Public Librarary . You can not vote away human rights . "On August 19, 1947, the judges delivered their verdict in the "Doctors' Trial" against Karl Brandt and several others. They also delivered their opinion on medical experimentation on human beings. Several of the accused had argued that their experiments differed little from pre-war ones and that there was no law that differentiated between legal and illegal experiments" http://youtu.be/wh0c36iKfvs
Blowin Smoke January 29, 2013 at 12:00 PM
"Are wind turbines making people sick? Or is it all psychological?" Washington Post 10/23/12 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/10/23/are-wind-turbines-making-people-sick-or-is-it-all-just-psychological/
D. I. Vided January 29, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Blowin - I’ve tried to educate myself on this challenging issue. I can appreciate the skepticism you brought to the discussion at the beginning. But I don’t think we need to look farther, for the potential of real health complications, than the State’s own turbine - health impact report. That report acknowledges that turbine noise, if the turbine is too close to people, cause sleep disturbances, that under prolonged exposure, could impact a person’s health. The actual question should address whether our turbines are too close, rather than your insistent promotion that these neighbors are crazy. The only accurate way to determine either possibility is by performing health impact research on Falmouth neighbors with the turbines turning. To my knowledge, in my own research, this has not been done. Most neighbors don’t want to be Guinea Pigs (I respect that) but many welcome and have made the invitation to use them for research known. Until some conclusive medical evidence proves that either our turbines are too close or that neighbors are crazy, I would hope more tolerance could be shown our neighbors. Erring on the side of caution is essential when the concerning issue involves the critical need to preserve a Falmouth resident’s health and well being. Please put away the divisive attacks, and get on board with finding a community solution.
Bill Carson February 03, 2013 at 04:29 PM
Extremist anti-wind hysteria being spread by agitators? Not all officials on board with SelectBoard vote to shut down wind turbines. Money over Health ? "The beatings will continue until morale improves" is a famous quotation of unknown origin. Does it apply in Falmouth ? http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130202/OPINION/302020338/-1/OPINION02
mark cool February 03, 2013 at 04:41 PM
More accurately - the beatings will continue because Falmouth can't afford not to
Bill Carson February 03, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Massachusetts environmental officials are considering new regulations that would require the state to review commercial wind turbine noise issues. The impacts on health and sleep translates into a human rights issue. The Falmouth Wind 1 turbine is a catastrophic failure of judgment A Massachusett study into the noise effects of wind turbines has been described as a ‘disgrace’ because it fails to take into account the problem of sleep deprivation and other health issues. The State of Wisconsin reviewed the noise study done for Falmouth, Massachusetts by the State of Massachusetts. Based on how poorly the study was done for Massachusetts, the State of Wisconsin has decided to stop the insanity. http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen01/Massachusetts%20Wind%20Turbine%20Health%20Impact%20Study%20Talking%20Points.pdf
David Kent February 07, 2013 at 10:25 PM
One of the tenets of management that can be extended to this situation is: Set achievable goals. Bill Carson's plan violates that tenet when he says that the State should place solar, geothermal, etc. in Falmouth as part of a deal. That ain't gonna happen. So it's not worth lobbying for it. No, we should all simply lobby the State to cover Falmouth's costs to dismantle the turbines and the debt that the town took on to purchase and install the turbines. That is, the State should simply ameliorate the costs that it encouraged the town to incur regarding the turbines. Asking for new renewable energy as part of the deal is asking for something won't happen even if H*ll freezes over. It also makes the town look grasping. We should simply ask for the State to make the town whole.
Bill Carson February 07, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Dave ,Should Falmouth have gotten a Special Permit for Falmouth Wind 1 ? The residents say Yes -The Town says NO - The study done for the town says YES Here is something I don't understand the feasibility study was done for Falmouth in two parts one April 19,2005 and November 2005 . The first part of the study is not on the town website or the CBI documents . The April 19 ,2005 report clearly shows that a review of the Cape Cod Commission etc shows a SPECIAL PERMIT is required. Falmouth Community Wind Project Site Screening Report Apr 19, 2005 – FALMOUTH SITE SCREENING REPORT This report was prepared by KEMA ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT, INC and funded by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The date of the report April 19, 2005 The report says a Special permit is needed . Falmouth Wind 1 Turbine Falmouth Community Wind Project Site Screening Report April 19,2005 The date is important for this report April 19,2005 Page 28 of the April 19, 2005 site review says : 6.2.2 a special permit is needed for the wind turbine Please click here to review report : https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Yl3ICFJcNtcJ:www.cirenew.info/Electricpdfs/falmouthwindscreening.pdf+town+of+falmouth+community+site+screening+report+2005&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESi49W9MYZShc48WC9-Zy-Vomge2o-MeG6_B-PTQP1IuL-V2ABWVkeBIpUpKBiJoGkaJc2xEjAGEstT91nAIM4rTWgxq1YCgG9SI4bGTTgvJhXVRbMmbSvNpmryPqPdVKNZL7ok8&sig=AHIEtbQsliJQJ-ShoM6WzyWqthnFcBdsMw
David Kent February 07, 2013 at 10:41 PM
I still see significant discussion of the effects of turbines, the science, etc. here. I wonder if that's really important any more because - correct me if I'm wrong - a decision has been made in Falmouth. Hasn't the Board of Selectman's vote cast the die on the Falmouth turbines? I know that Town Meeting still has to vote, but isn't that vote a foregone conclusion against the turbines? Perhaps I'm wrong and we still need to beat the drums on the plight of the neighbors, etc. between now and the Town Meeting in April. But if the die HAS BEEN cast against the turbines, isn't it time to stop arguing the merits of the turbines and turn our attention to what Bill Carson wrote about?: Getting rid of the turbines WITHOUT the town taking it in the neck for all the costs.
Bill Carson February 07, 2013 at 10:56 PM
There is a pending court case in which the resident abutters say Wind 1 should be shut down because it never got a special permit .The case was filed years ago . The judge will make a decision in a few weeks. The study done for the town by KEMA and paid for by the MTC says they should get a Special Permit - check 6.2.2 in the url. The town never used the Special Permit method . Also if you look on the town website you can't find the April 19,2005 report . Page 28 of the April 19, 2005 site review says : 6.2.2 a special permit is needed for the wind turbine Please click here to review report : https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Yl3ICFJcNtcJ:www.cirenew.info/Electricpdfs/falmouthwindscreening.pdf+town+of+falmouth+community+site+screening+report+2005&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESi49W9MYZShc48WC9-Zy-Vomge2o-MeG6_B-PTQP1IuL-V2ABWVkeBIpUpKBiJoGkaJc2xEjAGEstT91nAIM4rTWgxq1YCgG9SI4bGTTgvJhXVRbMmbSvNpmryPqPdVKNZL7ok8&sig=AHIEtbQsliJQJ-ShoM6WzyWqthnFcBdsMw ...
mark cool February 07, 2013 at 11:18 PM
The die has been cast only in the political sense. The primary problem that availed itself early on was that this problem was an issue of acceptable health conditions. No one has provided any proof that it isn't. The board of health has repeatedly tried to seek the aid of the DPH. The last correspondence the board received said - you're the board of health... Make a decision! Selectmen have set the long range plan. Yet the short range plan seems ignored by the local body charged with it's determination. I am very grateful for the Selectmen's action. However, today residents continue being made sick. Health is the principle issue. As a result, issues of town budget, climate actions, and soliciting debt relief from the state all become very important. But until until the long range plan is implemented, is it reasonable to expect residence to tolerate being made sick? In a word - no! The ball is, as it should be, in the board of Health's court. Falmouth needs to encourage the boards timely support of the Selectmen's intent and action,
Bill Carson February 08, 2013 at 12:50 AM
The residents of Falmouth have suffered for three years .Now comes Fairhaven, Kingston and Scituate. The complaints are in the thousands. The Mass DEP has stalled and come out with bogus studies about low frequency sound from commercial wind turbines. At one point the state has asserted the wind turbine illness was physiological and people in other communities were catching it like a disease. The Mass DEP and Massachusetts Department of Public Health is taking part in the states renewable energy goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2020. These departments take their orders from the top down. They clearly are placing the health of the residents of Massachusetts at risk. The local cities and towns local departments are at risk of lawsuits against themselves and the municipalities by well financed wind turbine contractors. The legal term of ‘a failure to act' comes into play in all these communities with sick residents. The local boards of health have a duty to act ! Residents/abutters are at risk of being injured and people who have already been injured and are at risk of further injury. The members of the Falmouth Board of Health need to act to stop the turbines or quit the position on that board to prevent their "failure to act."
David Kent February 08, 2013 at 12:54 AM
Mark, I hear you about people still being made sick. And I suppose that it's easy for me to sit here and say: "It's only a couple of months until Town Meeting" when I'm not suffering. But... it's only a couple of months until Town Meeting and that should end it all, shouldn't it? There will be an item on the warrant to remove the turbines and, with the unanimous Selectman vote, that's sure to pass. And won't that be the end? Won't that be the coups de grace even if the Board of Health dithers forever? You say the Selectmen vote has cast the die in the political sense. But if that means that the TM will along, what else do we need?
David Kent February 08, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Bill, you know I'm on your side on this issue. I also wonder if you go waaaaaay over the top in some of your writings. Consider this one: "At one point the state has asserted the wind turbine illness was ... catching it like a disease". Where in heck did you get that? If you think it's true, then let's see a quote. If it's not true then.... well.... why do you say things like that?
Bill Carson February 08, 2013 at 01:09 AM
The Panel merely reviewed literature and public media sources and met only three times Stated that sleep disruption is the most commonly reported complaint by people and discusses this primarily as a result of “unwanted sound” and audible, amplitudemodulated noise (“whooshing”) Writes off most self-reported “annoyance” as a combination of sound, sight of the turbine, and attitude towards the wind project (ES-5) Therefore, according to the Panel, because they “found” no negative health effects to humans as a result of their literature research, it must necessarily follow that there are positive health effects. Yet, these positive health effects are not the result of wind turbines being safe, but that the turbines’ “green” impact on the environment will result in a decrease of conventional sources of fuel. This endorsement of safety is an admission that the Panel failed to strictly adhere to the scope of their charge. http://legis.wisconsin.gov/eupdates/sen01/Massachusetts%20Wind%20Turbine%20Health%20Impact%20Study%20Talking%20Points.pdf
mark cool February 08, 2013 at 01:25 AM
David- I believe you already know my answer. Answer me this... Would you board an air plane for a flight to wherever.. if the disclaimer at the gate read "this aircraft has existing flight safety inspection violations.. BUT this aircraft has been scheduled for all associated repair in two weeks." would you still want to fly on that aircraft? Yes, they will (God willing) eventually come down. Yet, if the will, for their removal, already exists. And that will's justification is to eliminate acknowledged harm upon residents, waiting until TM seems not in keeping with the intended reason (ie eliminating acknowleged harm). And whatever you do... Don't get on that plane!
Bill Carson February 08, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Dave ,-Expert “Independent” Panel Member: Dr. Dora Anne Mills took part in the Massachusetts wind turbine study for Falmouth . Do a google search. These studies blame the victums ! http://stopthesethings.com/2013/01/26/blaming-the-victims-of-big-wind/
Blowin Smoke February 08, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Yet another credible debunking of infrasound.. Australian environmental protection agency, Jan 2013. http://www.epa.sa.gov.au/xstd_files/Noise/Report/infrasound.pdf Begs the long-forgotten question: exactly what problem are we trying to solve in Falmouth?
Bill Carson February 08, 2013 at 03:14 AM
The wind turbines will be shut down in three months. The issue now is to shut down Falmouth Wind 1 sooner because a Special Permit was not used by the town for the installation. A study paid for by the MTC followed recommendations of the Cape Cod Commission. http://www.capecodcommission.org/resources/bylaws/ModelWindBylaw.pdf The town never used the Special Permit method . Also if you look on the town website you can't find the April 19,2005 report . Page 28 of the April 19, 2005 site review says : 6.2.2 a special permit is needed for the wind turbine. The study done for the town by KEMA and paid for by the MTC says they should get a Special Permit - check 6.2.2 in the url https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Yl3ICFJcNtcJ:www.cirenew.info/Electricpdfs/falmouthwindscreening.pdf+town+of+falmouth+community+site+screening+report+2005&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEESi49W9MYZShc48WC9-Zy-Vomge2o-MeG6_B-PTQP1IuL-V2ABWVkeBIpUpKBiJoGkaJc2xEjAGEstT91nAIM4rTWgxq1YCgG9SI4bGTTgvJhXVRbMmbSvNpmryPqPdVKNZL7ok8&sig=AHIEtbQsliJQJ-ShoM6WzyWqthnFcBdsMw
David Kent February 08, 2013 at 03:22 AM
My goodness Mark, what a crappy analogy!! The turbines have been causing problems for years now. We're very likely a couple of months away from their demise. We're not in for the equivalent of a plane crash during that time. Now, if it's your opinion that there's a significant chance that TM won't shut the turbines down for good a couple of months from now then please let me know. Then it WILL make sense to continue the drumbeat to convince people. But, until you tell me that, I say: You've won!
Bill Carson February 08, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Tens of thousands of dollars were used to build the Apr 19, 2005 – FALMOUTH COMMUNITY WIND SITE SCREENING REPORT.This report was prepared by KEMA ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT, INC and funded by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. The question now is why did the town decide not to use a Special Permit ? Was it to avoid notifications of abutters ? Where the setbacks to close to the turbines ? The bottom line is section 6.2.2 says a Special Permit is required for Falmouth Wind 1 .That's a fact .It's in English and in print .
David Kent February 08, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Bill, The link you provided doesn't come close to describing turbine illness as a catchy disease. Come on: Do you have a source of such an accusation or not? Frankly, I doubt that you have that. If that's true then your contention that this WAS said, is hyperbole on your part. Why do you have to indulge in that kind of stuff? Frankly, you do it often. I've read numerous things from you that aren't reasonable. IMHO, turbine opponents need to be careful to avoid this kind of thing. It robs our credibility! No?
Blowin Smoke February 08, 2013 at 03:37 AM
So it was a noise problem, then it was infrasound, then it was sleep (oops! night curtailments fixed that), and now it's a Permitting problem. So hard to pin down what the real problem is, since it keeps changing. But why sweat the details - just spend $9 million to rip em down..
mark cool February 08, 2013 at 04:00 AM
David - I'm not trying to argue here. But you miss the point of what, to most, would be simplistically reasonable, or common sense. It's not about gauging the harm at all, rather it's about making a simple decision given evidenced risks and potential consequences to be avoided. You've mentioned it yourself.. "it's easy to sit here and say...." I know you're on our side, yet there's a disconnect. You sense a victory at some future date. I, aware of the same, sense the enduring pain all the while, until that future date. And sadly ~ endure the pain further, is so unnecessary.
Bill Carson February 08, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Blowin Smoke, When you look at the town website or the CBI website there are all the pdf files associated with building the Falmouth Wind 1 turbine. I'm at a loss for why the Apr 19, 2005 – FALMOUTH COMMUNITY WIND SITE SCREENING REPORT is not on its site . This was part one of two parts of the original feasibility study to install the wind turbine . Why was the second part of the wind study produced and the first never posted . Did the study include negative information ? Why isn't it posted in the Energy Committee minutes and discussed in the 3/28/2005 minutes ? http://www.falmouthmass.us/meeting.php?depkey=energy&number=290
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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