Representative Vieira Files Wind Energy Relief Act

Representative Vieira filed a bill this month that if passed would establish two funds for residents, businesses and towns that have been adversely affected by industrial wind turbines.


Representative David Vieira (R-Falmouth) filed the bill after various options for dealing with the town’s turbines were presented to selectmen by the Wind Turbine Options Process group, according to a press release.

If passed, the bill would establish two funds using money from the current Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust Fund. One fund would set aside $15 million for residents, businesses and towns that incurred losses such as negative health effects and property loss.

The bill calls for a second fund, called the Wind Turbine Decommissioning or Relocation Fund, that would set aside $7.5 million to help towns remove or relocate wind turbines.

“I have filed the Wind Energy Relief Act as a means to open up various options for dealing with the negative impacts of improper siting of wind turbines throughout the Commonwealth. While the situation in Falmouth was the impetus for filing the bill, the relief funds would be available to all municipalities in Massachusetts,” Vieira said in a statement.

mark cool January 25, 2013 at 04:05 PM
Janice, e-mail to: townmanager@falmouthmass.us. Thanks kindly for being an neighbor citizen!
brian hunt January 25, 2013 at 06:42 PM
lets put these turbins in the yards of those who don't think there is some thing wrong with the people of Falmouth of Falmouth that are dealing with this.. I laugh when I see those old stickers ,,,,,,,isn't Falmouth nice ,,,,,,what happen ...spending money that's what it is Falmouth people ,,and how so many of you surport this town what a kick in the ass,,
Blowin Smoke January 25, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Jim Wiegand - your concern for bird welfare is inspiring! You'll appreciate this article "For the Birds: Audubon Society Stands Up in Support of Wind Energy". http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2006/12/for-the-birds-audubon-society-stands-up-in-support-of-wind-energy-46840
Jim Wiegand January 25, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Blowin Smoke .....I know all about Audubon, Sierra Club and several other groups. That is why I wrote this "rig conservation groups and rig politicians with their donations". Ask them to produce contributions from wind energy sources. Ask them about the California condor deal that was made years ago, Ask them if there are any gag orders associated with donations they receive. Ask them about the compromises they made at Altamont where some 2500 golden eagles have been killed. Ask them why they do not say a negative word about wind turbines when for years up to about 1999, they did. Ask these groups about the mitigation money they get from wind projects. Ask them about wind the industry's hidden genocide and their routine use of bogus studies and mortality searches. Ask the about the all wind farm related golden eagle deaths in Texas that have never been reported. Ask them about all the missing whooping cranes since 2006. If you can get any answers let me know. I will have a lot more to say.
Blowin Smoke January 26, 2013 at 12:44 AM
Jim Wiegand, your comments fit just perfectly with other anti-wind stories heard so often in Falmouth. Generally vague, shifty and unsubstantiated. California condors, and eagles in Texas? "Hidden Genocide". Hello? Is that the best you've got? Yes, it is the best you've got. No better than Carson's fixation on gearboxes, or Cool's aviation disaster fantasy. Since the noise & health thing has been debunked, you're resorting to nonsense.
Jim Wiegand January 26, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Sorry but I can not write a book just to satisfy a fool. I've done the research and I am an expert. I am actually hoping to be part of a hearing in Washington DC some day to expose this terrible industry. I have given expert testimony for lawsuits and will probably be a witness for one that is taking place in Maine. I have also help to stop several wind projects in CA with what you call nonsense. Anyway thanks for helping to show people some of the character behind this industry.
Bill Carson January 26, 2013 at 02:04 PM
The Falmouth Wind Turbine Experiment another Project MK-ULTRA ? Public Officials publicly recognize the physical illnesses and emotional suffering caused by operating wind turbines, and they facilitate harm to humans by their silence or actions related to this human experiment. Torture is the systematic and deliberate infliction of acute pain by one person on another, or on a third person, in order to accomplish the purpose of the former against the will of the latter. In 1986, the World Health Organization working group introduced the concept of organized violence, which was defined as: The inter-human infliction of significant, avoidable pain and suffering by an organized group according to a declared or implied strategy and/or system of ideas and attitudes. The Falmouth wind turbines are a violent action that is unacceptable by general human standards, and relates to the victims’ feelings.This falls under the heading of organized violence.
Bill Carson January 26, 2013 at 02:27 PM
What is testing on unsuspecting citizens ? Wind turbine noise causes “clear and significant” damage to people’s sleep and mental health. A Massachusetts 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. http://youtu.be/wh0c36iKfvs
Patrick Ranaudo January 26, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Thank you David!! Thank God we have a few Republicans here in Massachusetts to combat some of the lunacy on the Left. Because that's what, in a nutshell, all of this windmill nonsense boils down to.
Bill Carson January 26, 2013 at 04:45 PM
CLF Ventures is a non-profit affiliate of Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) that works in collaboration with public and private organizations to advance sustainable innovation and bring about positive environmental change. The problem is the environment belongs to everyone not just non profit organizations. The people of Massachusetts have to ask how the State of Massachusetts came up with the Model Wind Turbine By Laws for cities and towns to site commercial wind turbines in your back yard . Once you understand how the Model By Laws were designed you get the big picture of the state goal of 2000 megawatts of renewable electricity by 2020. The bottom line "you have to break a few eggs to make the omelette". The eggs are you and I the average Jill and Joe and your family. Whose family will be the next broken eggs ?
Blowin Smoke January 27, 2013 at 02:27 AM
"Wind Turbines Power Mass Hysteria" The title speaks for itself. Article written by a professor of public health. http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4028112.html
Jim Wiegand January 27, 2013 at 05:52 AM
Wiping out Eagles and other species is not hysteria. The wind industry covering it up is fraud. In a week or so an article is coming that will explain very clearly how the mortality studies conducted Wolfe Island deliberately missed most of the fatalities. But even though the numbers of hawks, owls, and other birds reported killed was very alarming, the real numbers are actually many times greater. This article will be very important to readers because what happened at Wolfe Island is universal with the wind industry.
mark cool January 27, 2013 at 12:57 PM
The Nissenbaum study, released October 2012, indicates that adverse event reports of sleep disturbance and ill health by those living close to IWTs are supported. The study has not been refuted and is not refutable by prior studies. It contradicts the MASS state report on wind turbines and health, which concluded that wind turbines aren’t a health hazard. That report contradicts itself, because it acknowledges that if noise generated by the turbine caused sleep disturbances, that could, in turn, impact a person’s health. (smoke & mirrors) As for the link ~Blowin~ obnoxiously continues to cite, to suggest, without supporting evidence, that people are suffering ill affects from industrial wind turbines because they don’t like them or because of hysteria, when there are known plausible mechanisms for why people may get sick through excessive exposure to wind turbines, is 'public health' malpractice! This Simon Chapman fellow is a QUACK.
Bill Carson January 27, 2013 at 01:02 PM
A , The smoking gun of noise reports done for and by the semi quasi state agency section 6.1 page 38 of report designates the 99 homes by streets that have " potential visual and noise impacts". The ambiguous report left local politicians or home owners to believe trees, rolling hills and rte 28 would stop the noise. http://www.falmouthmass.us/energy/falmouth%20feasibility%20study_111505.pdf B. This is the wind turbine sale through multiple parties and one million dollar renewable energy credit contract summary. This along with a partial history of the aged turbines.The turbines had also been scheduled and stopped in Fairhaven over setback issues to residential homes and never sold at an auction. http://www.cbuilding.org/sites/cbi.drupalconnect.com/files/Memo%202012-0710%20Falmouth%20Wind%20Turbine%20Sale%20and%20REC%20Contract%20Summary.pdf C. This URL below shows the semi quasi state agency unable to sell the two turbines at an auction in 2008: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/mass-high-tech/2008/08/mtc-puts-mothballed-wind-turbines-on-auction.html The result : Falmouth's Trojan Horse : Health Issues Over Noise http://youtu.be/wh0c36iKfvs
Bill Carson January 27, 2013 at 01:11 PM
The urls above show the two Vestas V 82 wind turbines had setback issues in other towns in Massachusetts before Falmouth .The MTC the owners stuck with the turbines were well aware of setback issues and only offered information to the Town of Falmouth that would sell the politically embarrassing turbine ! The noise study done and paid for by the MTC designates the homes by streets that would be affected ! The MTC advanced one milion in RECs renewable energy credits . Falmouth was the last and only hope the MTC had of unloading the turbines that were manufactured in 2004 . No one in New England wanted the two turbines . The turbines had even been offered to Portsmouth ,Rhode Island after Fairhaven residents went to court to stop them because of set back issues . Read the urls ! NO ONE WANTED THE TURBINES - FALMOUTH MADE A MISTAKE BASED ON THE REPORTS AND STUDIES DONE FOR FALMOUTH BY THE SEMI QUASI STATE AGENCY ! THE MTC SHOULD TAKE THEM DOWN !
Jim Wiegand January 27, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Falmouth should keep this in mind. If these turbines were to come down it would send wind industry shock waves across the world. The tide will have turned on these ruthless bast**ds and others will follow. For this reason they will fight this with everything they have, including the use of their billion dollar marionette, President Obama. Falmouth take you community back from the thugs and put these monstrosities where they belong, in a dumpster.
Blowin Smoke January 28, 2013 at 03:21 AM
Mr. Cool likes to present the Nissenbaum study as being some (desperately needed) credible science to support his anti-wind hobby. But he neglects to mention that all three authors are biased. Nissenbaum and Hanning both serve on the BOARD OF DIRECTORS of the Society for Wind Vigilance. The third author, Aramini, is a scientific advisor to the same anti-wind society. http://www.windvigilance.com/home/advisory-group Read what a Canadian judge wrote about Nissenbaum: "The judge dismissed the notion that Dr. Nissenbaum could provide an unbiased opinion on wind farms.“A review of his affidavit No. 2 especially shows that he does not take an objective approach to the issues at hand,” the judge wrote." http://www.saskatoonwindturbine.com/2011/10/09/wind-farm-injunction-is-dismissed/ Anti-wind crusaders attempt to spin up some credible-seeming claims , but their propaganda is easily debunked.
mark cool January 28, 2013 at 11:11 AM
Blowin’s information is incorrect and is proven to be misleading. The study I've cited concluded that wind turbines located in close proximity to residences can pose a health risk. Wind turbine proponents like Blowin, fired back, and produced a Canadian court case that questioned Nissenbaum’s claims. These proponents, as well as Blowin, contend that Nissenbaum’s study was dismissed (debunked), when, in truth, the court case and the study WERE NOT EVEN LINKED. The court case, dated October 2010, involved an injunction to stop construction of an industrial wind turbine farm. The judge ruled against the injunction and Nissenbaum’s contention that wind turbines should be at least 2,000 meters (more than 6,000 feet) from homes. Nissenbaum based that opinion, he said, on a PRELIMINARY STUDY he’d conducted that revealed that people living within 1,400 meters of a wind turbine were suffering ill affects. But this was not the study released last year (the one I cited), which was peer reviewed and published. MORE SPIN FROM BLOWIN?
Bill Carson January 28, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Bird Deaths From Wind Turbines Jim , I did some quick research on bird deaths from commercial wind turbines. Here's what I found: bird death mitigation actually means the amount of money a commercial wind turbine contractor has to pay someone to kill birds. M & M , Mitigation equals Money. The mitigation fee to exterminate Roseate Terns are $780,000.00. Bird Island and Ram Island in Buzzards Bay are the chief nesting islands for all the Roseate Terns in North America. A $780,000.00 mitigation fee will or has been paid to upgrade Bird and Ram Islands to help the Roseate Terns. I read a report that says one ocean wind project will kill around 360 birds per year. The report also makes reference to the birds going around the wind turbine project. The report as usual leaves out what happens to the coastal birds that make the choice to fly out to sea around the ocean wind turbines. If they leave out information from reports it's always negative information . http://www.epa.gov/region1/communities/pdf/CapeWind/Comment16BarbaraDurkin.pdf
Bill Carson January 28, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Jim I also found this in a science magazine article : "Jim, excellent comments and good material, continue your heroic efforts against overwhelming political coverups of the HORRENDOUS FAILURE OF WIND ENERGY. I'm more knowledgeable on the Energy Issue, for which Wind is probably the biggest waste of Energy Dollars in the history of human civilization. An incredibly stupid source of Energy. And the EIA is lying about numbers regarding Wind Energy, trying to make their dismal performance look better than it actually is."
Jim Wiegand January 28, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Everyone in the Northeast and on up into Ontario needs to pay very close attention to what I am about to disclose. For me it is the single biggest reason for a moratorium on wind projects in Vermont as well as the rest of North America. In my opinion the millions of bird deaths that have been deliberately under reported by the wind industry is criminal and here is something else that is just as sinister. The industry has been sitting on a bird safe wind turbine design that produces far more energy. They have kept their mouths shut about it so they could keep on selling their eagle killing turbines to America. Here is their reasoning. This planned obsolescence keeps the profits rolling in and stimulates demand by encouraging purchasers to buy sooner if they still want a functioning product. In this case it is the ignorant saps that are still putting in 25 year bird killing projects. This postponement is why we still have dead eagles 28 years later. Anyone that wants to present this information to Legislators can contact me for more information. What I have said is true and I can prove it. Readers do your best to pass this message along to others.
Bill Carson January 28, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Jim . I have been trying to get people to understand why the wind industry is keeping the dirty little secret about gear box failires so low keyed. The turbines with gear boxes require massive operation and maintenance at three to five years .Many turbines in New England are failing . The wind industry as it turns out get a cottage industry of repairing three year old commercial wind turbines that were sold to last twenty or thirty years . Once a town buys into three million dollar turbine they have to spend one million every three to five years to keep up the operation and maintenance. I think the tide is turning and the average Jill and Joe are just starting to understand the whole bunco scheme going on here . I think the government officials are taking the view it's a work program like the end of WW II . There are plenty of other renewable products that could be used : Photovoltaic, fiber optic lighting, heat pumps, geothermal etc . Thecommercial wind industry is kicking back to much cash to the politicians .In some countries they've taken control of governments - lets hope its not to late here
Jim Wiegand January 28, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Guess who is standing in line for the their undeserved share of the wind project mitigation money? Hypocritical and parasitic wildlife conservation groups that should know better.
Bill Carson January 28, 2013 at 08:32 PM
Cape Wind is actually a small ocean wind farm with 130 commercial wind turbines. The much larger site is the ocean south of Marthas Vineyard to Rhode Island . This site is in 3000 square miles of prime fishing grounds . I believe NOAA put the fishing industry out of business with catch limits in order to build over one thousand wind turbines. The fishing people think the first time a boat pulls up an electric cable Homeland Security will declare the entire area off limits. The area of the 3000 square miles of wind turbines is in the main migratory route of all the birds from north to south every year. The public has no knowledge of what is going to happen to the bird population of North America because of the failure of the liberal press to report the truth and the political contributions to our politicians . Mitigation money keeps everyone quiet.
Ken January 29, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Stop cheering this is BAD. What I don't like about it is that it will externalizes the risk for wind farm developers by giving them an insurance policy. This will make it easier to develop more wind farms. This is bad for people who are opposed to industrial wind turbine development.
Ken January 29, 2013 at 09:40 PM
And what do you have Blowin Smoke. Nothing at all, just arrogance. Everything that you dismissed have all been proven . You just don't care because you know more without ever having done any research. Wow, it must be so cool to be you, NOT!
Blowin Smoke January 30, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Given Jim Wiegand's fascination with bird deaths, he'll want to read a major new study published today in Nature Communications. It shows (again) that cats are, by a huge margin, the largest cause of bird deaths. Hopefully Jim will switch to ranting about kitties instead of wind turbines, to remain true to his cause. http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v4/n1/full/ncomms2380.html
Jim Wiegand January 30, 2013 at 03:47 AM
Blowin Smoke........ I see you are still playing the cut and paste fool. Cats? Eagles eat cats. Hitler slaughtered millions so by your logic that means we should forget about nicer folks like Saddam Hussein and Bin laden. Anyway thanks again for allowing me to expose readers to some of the wind industry's deflective propaganda.
Jim Wiegand February 01, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Here is a little more about cats from decades of observations in the field; cats in remote locations are eaten and killed by the native species. A feral cat's diet is in no way a threat or problem with many specialized species like shrikes, eagles and hawks, owls, falcons, cranes,seabirds and so on. With bobcats, coyotes, Mt lions, and eagles around cats do not have a chance. In all my years with many thousands of hours of wilderness observations in remote locations, I have never seen one feral cat, EVER. But I have seen plenty of these cat killers and cats that wander too far from the safety of communities disappear. Not only can these species easily kill a cat, they can out-compete them with their survival skills. The primary bird problem with cats is in their association with people. Feral cats depend on people and communities. This is where they find their food and shelter away from these other species. So let's just finish by putting this into proper perspective, the turbine vs. cat debate was all created from behind a desk for the purpose of hiding a terrible mortality problem associated with wind energy. It is the wind turbines that are slaughtering every indigenous bird species in their remote locations, not feral cats. The avoidance of meaningful studies, rigging of methodology, and bombardment of propaganda in the media has always been in the industry's playbook. This fraud has been going on for over 25 years.
NortheasternEE February 01, 2013 at 07:05 PM
It's not tax money. The money will come from a fund that has been accumulating over the years from a renewable energy surcharges on our electric bills which was used, in part, to fund the wind turbines in the first place. The state enticed Falmouth and other towns to do these projects with our money. In Falmouth and other places they made a mistake by underestimating the impact when they knew or should have known you can’t put wind turbines too close to where people live. This will not encourage more failed installations. To the contrary, it will be a lesson-learned for public officials to be more careful next time.


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