Falmouth Massachusetts Abandons Town Owned Wind Turbines

Falmouth Massachusetts Abandons Town Owned Wind Turbines 
In 2017 the Massachusetts courts shut down both town-owned Vestas V-82  type 1.65 megawatt wind turbines.
The Vestas V-82 generates 110 decibels of noise each equal to a hard rock band playing 24/7.
Barnstable Superior Court Case number 1472CV00003
Town of Falmouth vs. Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals et al
06/20/2017 MEMORANDUM & ORDER:
For all the foregoing reasons, it is hereby ORDERED AND ADJUDGED,
(1) the decision of the defendant Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Falmouth be affirmed to the extent that the operation of Wind 1 and Wind 2 constitute a nuisance; and, it is further ORDERED that the Town of Falmouth cease and desist the operation of the wind turbines forthwith.
In April 2019 the Town requested the Letters of Interest RFQ [request for qualifications]for the operation of the wind turbines. That failed.
The Town Manager requested and received approval for the appropriation of $2,500,000 at the November 2019 Town Meeting for the disposition of the wind turbines. Law firms and engineering companies were hired. 
The Town of Falmouth planned on issuing RFP, requests for proposals by mid-to-late December of 2021 to have the two wind turbines at the wastewater treatment plant dismantled.
There is no RFP as of 2022 and the turbines have been abandoned since the court shut down the nuisance in 2017. 
Note # The commercial operation date of Falmouth Wind II was February 14, 2012. The US EPA granted a waiver using the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds and five million to build the turbine. The loan must be paid back if the turbine is no longer energy efficient.

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Comment by arthur qwenk on January 31, 2022 at 9:02pm

Shut them all down and help end the subsidy scamming and corruption from the likes of Angus King and Jr, who knew the game as it started  in 2008,as they   skimmed tax payer dollars. Their game was Record Hill  "Independence Wind",now covered by next to useless wind machines, stated to be "special" in design to milk federal grant money.


Why Does Maine keep electing this  self-serving pompous assed  political sleazeball time after time, a left wing liar calling himself an "independent"?

Maine, now its known as a hotbed of political corruption whose politicians pass laws that provide them with lucrative jobs once they leave office. That is as corrupt as it gets. The perfect example is the Wind Industry. Former Governor Angus King(now Senator) went to great efforts to help  pass an expedited wind law allowing massive wind farms throughout the State of Maine and then after he left office he, his chief of staff - Kurt Adams and  King's son - Angus King King Jr. all went to work for First Wind making millions of dollars in salaries and stock options! Such flagrant political corruption should not be tolerated by any decent Mainer.  Maine is too good for such underhanded, greedy scoundrels. Wake up Mainers! Pass laws that prevent such political corruption. Maine is not a backward state with backward people. Stand up and be heard. Tell your political representatives that you're tired of all the political corruption.  Please - do it Now!

How much did Senator Angus "the Windbag" King and son milk from you??  Ask them.

While you are at it , ask "independent " Angus about   Hunter Biden's laptop .

Comment by Frank Haggerty on January 31, 2022 at 9:18am

The turbines were shut down by the courts in 2017 -According to Falmouth bylaws the turbines are abandoned 

Town of Falmouth: Article XXXIVWind Energy Systems

Abandonment or decommissioning.

(a) Removal requirements: Any WES which has reached the end of its useful life or has been abandoned shall be removed. For a scheduled decommissioning, the owner shall notify the SPGA by certified mail of the proposed date of discontinued operations and plans for removal. The owner shall physically remove the WES no more than 150 days after the date of discontinued operations. Decommissioning shall consist of:

[1] Physical removal of all wind turbines, structures, equipment, security barriers and transmission lines from the site.

[2] Disposal of all solid and hazardous waste in accordance with local and state regulations.

[3] Stabilization or revegetation of the site as necessary to minimize erosion. The SPGA may allow the owner to leave below-grade foundations in place in order to minimize disruption.

[4] Abandonment: Absent notice of a proposed date of decommissioning, the WES shall be considered abandoned when the facility fails to operate for more than 12 consecutive months.

[5] Prior to declaring the WES to be abandoned, the SPGA shall notify the owner by certified mail that corrective action must be taken. The owner shall have 30 days to respond and provide a schedule for corrective action.

(6) Financial surety: The SPGA shall require the applicant for any LWES to provide surety, either as a bond or escrow account, to cover the cost of removal in the event the Town must remove the WES together with a right-of-entry onto the property in the event of default. The applicant shall submit a fully inclusive estimate of the costs associated with removal, prepared by a qualified engineer. The amount shall be adjusted for inflation.

(7) Public inquiries/complaints: The applicant shall identify a responsible person and contact phone number in the event of public inquiries or complaints, for as long as the WES is in place. Complaints that cannot be resolved by the parties shall be forwarded to the Building Commissioner, with a copy to the SPGA, by the responsible person identified above.


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(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."


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