Hurricanes Vs 30 Year Offshore Wind Contracts

New England politicians are considering 30-year contracts to get offshore wind off the ground. This helps the wind industry and will cost electric ratepayers.
Massachusetts had a political agenda in 2005 of 2000 megawatts of land-based wind power by year 2020. 
Politicians in 2008 gave the Town of Falmouth, Massachusetts one million dollars to buy a single megawatt wind turbine and a federal loan to buy a second turbine to get the wind business off the ground in Massachusetts. The turbines were supposed to last 25 years both had gearbox failures. In addition, the turbines caused health issues from two types of noise. The town was warned each turbine generates 110 decibels of noise. The courts removed the turbines in 2022.
Massachusetts today has less than 100 megawatts of land-based wind power an absolute political failure.
In 2024 New England politicians due to inflation want to give offshore wind contractors 30-year contracts to reduce the electric rates for consumers. The land-based wind turbines in Massachusetts didn't last 25 years so how would ocean wind turbines last longer? The answer is the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over.
States are going to give 30-year contracts to ocean wind contractors with wind turbines that may not last 20 years. 
Hurricane season starts June 1 peaking by September 1 and ending November 30, 2024. This year is a La Niña event which could double the amount of named storms and increase wind speeds. In 2018 hurricane Maria destroyed every land-based wind turbine in Puerto Rico.
The ocean wind turbines proposed off New England have a hub height of 500 feet which including the blades are 850 feet high. If an ocean wind turbine survives a storm there is no guarantee the foundation will survive large ocean surges from hurricanes. 
In August of 2023 the states of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts issued requests for proposals for offshore wind. The bids were submitted in March 2024. The project evaluations not made public are due in August 2024. The electric companies have until October 9, 2024, to review the contracts. 
The states will make the cost to electric rate users available after the November 2, 2024 elections.     
State politicians face another major hurdle with offshore to onshore wind turbine cables. The federal government leased the turbine projects in which federal agencies permitted the offshore wind cables to land locations closest to the major land electric grid locations. 
The land-based electric grid needs an expensive upgrade for offshore wind cable landings, state energy boards could force offshore wind to make it less expensive to place submarine cables directly to large cities.  
Local town boards can take money for the town from ocean wind contractors through a host community agreement, HCA. The local board and town become partners in permitting cables through residential locations. 
The local boards then tell residents they should take what the offshore wind contractors offer because there is nothing they can do against state agencies ruling against them. 
Most towns have zoning bylaws and regulations for industry, noise, height restrictions, and environmental issues.
State boards can not take residential property rights, and the right to protect public health, safety, and welfare.
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#  Since the start of the Block Island ocean wind project in 2016 whale deaths have increased and followed the construction of offshore wind projects. The projects deafen the whales making it impossible for whales to communicate, navigate, or nourish themselves. A deaf whale is a dead whale.
The alternative is the International Atomic Energy Agency says nuclear power plants today are among "the safest and most secure facilities in the world".

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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 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?" 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.”

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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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