East Coast "Close to the Wind" Summit Press Release

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Press Release: “Close to the Wind” Summit to Convene at the Hyport  Conference Center in Hyannis, Massachusetts 

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Barnstable, Massachusetts — January 4, 2024 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

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The “Close to the Wind” Summit, a gathering to bring together concerned voices to discuss the technology,  wisdom and risks of offshore wind development. Guest speakers will discuss offshore wind power development, interconnection and better approaches to the transition to renewable energy. The conference will take place on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the Hyport Conference Center, 35 Scudder  Ave., Hyannis, Mass. 

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Organized by the group Save Greater Dowses Beach, East Coast activists, and energy and environmental experts will discuss offshore wind energy construction, transmission, and its onshore impacts. The conference will focus attention on less harmful and costly ways to develop offshore wind energy while minimizing the damage and disruption to residents and businesses that operate offshore and onshore. 

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Event Highlights: 

1. Speakers: Local and regional thought leaders from the fields of renewable energy, commercial fishing and community activism will deliver inspiring addresses.

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Speakers to include: 

Lisa Quattrocki Knight, Cofounder and President, Green Oceans https://green-oceans.org/

Jerry Leeman – New England Fishermen’s Stewardship Assoc. https://www.nefishermen.org/

Val Oliver and Amy DiSibio, ACK for Whales https://ack4whales.org/

David Buzanoski, President, Falmouth Heights Maravista Neighborhood Assoc. https://fhmna.org/

Barnstable Speaks http://barnstablespeaks.com/

Joe Bourne, Protect Sandbridge Beach https://www.protectsandbridgebeach.org/

Susanne Conley and Adam Mirick, Save Greater Dowses Beach https://savedowses.org/

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2. Q&A: Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions and express their own viewpoints on offshore wind development and its impacts. 

Registration and Details: 

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• Date: Saturday, January 27, 2024 

• Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM 

• Location: Hyport Conference Center, 35 Scudder Avenue, Barnstable, Massachusetts • Registration: Reserve your place by emailing   saveourbeach22@gmail.com  

• Donation: $20 at the door (checks preferred) 

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For media inquiries, please contact: 

Stacey Guenther, Save Greater Dowses Beach, (646) 732-3390 or ACGuenther99@gmail.com

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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