Governor Deval Patrick - aka firstname.lastname@example.org (Imager Credit : Social Media )
Former Democrat Governor Deval Patrick faces renewable financial fiasco from the 58 million Evergreen Solar project at the old military base at Ft. Devens to health problems installing commercial megawatt wind turbines under his watch.
The Falmouth wind turbines are both an ongoing health and financial fiasco with as many as eleven different types of litigation over ten years.
The Town of Falmouth is contemplating moving two foreign-made megawatt wind turbines designed in the 1990s. Both turbines are gear-driven wind turbines.
The town proposes spending 2.5 million to take down the turbines and put them in storage. This is more than the cost of the first town owned wind turbine #1.
Falmouth, Massachusetts is ground zero for poorly placed commercial megawatt wind turbines in the United States due to decisions by the executive branch of government under the management of former Governor Deval Partick from 2007 to 2015.
The Town of Falmouth with the help of the MassDEP installed two foreign commercial megawatt wind turbines using the American Recovery Reinvestment Act of 2009 stimulus funds that cannot be used if a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety. The MassDEP brokered a loan agreement between the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust to build the second Falmouth V-82 wind turbine for 5 million dollars.
The 5 million loans called a PRA, Project Regulatory Agreement or power production agreement is due plus interest as the turbine no longer produces power. The MassDEP brokered loan had no safety guidelines for noise and became stuck in regulatory capture.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection is an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under control of the executive branch of government-controlled directly by the Governor of Massachusetts.
MassDEP is responsible for protecting the environment in the state. Its areas of responsibility include preventing pollution of air, water, and ground; protecting wetlands; waste and recycling issues; regulating hazardous materials, and reducing climate change.
The Massachusetts courts shut down the two Falmouth V-82 wind turbines in June of 2017. Both 110-decibel wind turbines and twenty-one other communities suffer today from poorly placed wind turbines installed on former Governor Deval Patrick and his Mass Department of Environmental Protection.
The former Governor Deval L. Patrick testified during the federal trial of former Massachusetts House Speaker Sal Dimasi the father of the Green Community Act. Sal was sentenced to eight years in federal prison for corruption. At one point, during the trial it was revealed that Patrick used the code name email@example.com on his state email address.
The firstname.lastname@example.org emails have never been released by the state.
Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT
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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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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law
Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future
"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."