Important: From Fox Islands Wind Neighbors

Important UPDATE: September 9, 2010

State of Maine finds Fox Island Wind Turbines in violation of noise standard


After months of data collection and analysis, the State of Maine agrees with the neighbors of the turbine farm on Vinalhaven: Fox Island Wind is in violation of state noise standard of 45 dba for nighttime operation.

In a letter dated September 9, 2010 to the State of Maine DEP, the state’s consultant on wind turbine noise writes, “… there exists a significant body of consistent meteorological and sound data indicating sound levels greater than applicable limits. Substantial changes are recommended for FIW nighttime operations, limiting (WTG) sound levels at ML-A (state approved site) to 45 dba.”

The Fox Island Wind Turbine Farm on the picturesque Maine island of Vinalhaven was commissioned in November 2009. Initially, the entire Vinalhaven community was proud of the wind turbine farm. Contrary to expectations, it instantly became a symbol of what can go wrong when wind turbine farms are placed too close to residences. As soon as the turbines began spinning, neighbors -- promised that "ambient noise" would mask the sound -- began complaining about excessive noise from the three 1.5 megawatt GE turbines.

For their complaints to have merit with the state environmental agency, the neighbors took action; raising funds in order to provide acoustic analyses and working with state regulators to establish a certified protocol for measuring noise violations from wind turbines. The local electric utility denies running out of compliance with state noise standards. The current violations are occurring despite running the turbines at lower "noise reduced operation".

The board of Fox Island Electric Cooperative and the project manager, Harvard Business School professor George Baker, repeatedly claimed to the Vinalhaven community that the wind turbine facility is operating according to state noise standards, denying the significant distress experienced by neighbors. FIW attorneys sought exemptions that would have allowed the turbines to run louder and have contested efforts by neighbors to do acoustical measurement.

Art Lindgren, one of the Fox Island Wind neighbors, said, “This statement by the Department of Environmental Protection is very welcome news. We look forward to working with Fox Island Wind and the Fox Island Electric Cooperative to turn down the turbines so that our peace and quiet is returned and the turbines do not violate state law.”

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Comment by Karen Bessey Pease on September 13, 2010 at 10:42pm
Yep. Peer pressure, encouraging 'pack' or 'mob' mentality... these are very effective tactics.
Comment by Long Islander on September 13, 2010 at 10:38pm
I recently read somewhere something to the effect of -- Be very afraid when the word "community" is used to sell something. It often means there is no sound rationale for the plans so they use the word community to make things all warm and fuzzy and prey upon people's feelings of guilt.
Comment by Karen Bessey Pease on September 13, 2010 at 10:21pm
Yeah... what's a measely ten percent of the population, anyway? World-wide, that'd be... 600 million, or something like that?

Completely disposable, really. grrrr.....
Comment by Long Islander on September 13, 2010 at 10:16pm
From January 23, 2010 in the Portland Press-Herald:

"In the meantime, some towns in Maine are enacting ordinances requiring a mile between turbines and homes. After Art Lindgren and Ethan Hall related their experiences in Buckfield earlier this month, residents overwhelmingly passed a six-month moratorium, aimed at a three-turbine proposal on Streaked Mountain.

This trend worries Baker at Fox Islands Wind. A mile setback makes community wind energy unfeasible, he said.

''Do we want to set rules that makes it impossible to do something that's really good for a community because 10 percent of the people are bothered by it?'' Baker asked".

http://www.pressherald.com/archive/turbines-turn-into-headache-for-...
Comment by Karen Bessey Pease on September 13, 2010 at 9:29pm
Art Lindgren, one of the Fox Island Wind neighbors, said, “This statement by the Department of Environmental Protection is very welcome news. We look forward to working with Fox Island Wind and the Fox Island Electric Cooperative to turn down the turbines so that our peace and quiet is returned and the turbines do not violate state law.”

And... Fox Island Wind "looks forward to engaging in further discussion with the Maine DEP on the appropriate interpretation of the recent data analysis and the degree to which existing ambient sound levels are taken into consideration.”

Does that sound like the kind of working relationship Vinalhaven residents anticipated having with their benevolent wind developer? I hope I'm wrong, but it sounds like FIW has just blown them off...

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."

https://pinetreewatch.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/

 

Maine as Third World Country:

CMP Transmission Rate Skyrockets 19.6% Due to Wind Power

 

Click here to read how the Maine ratepayer has been sold down the river by the Angus King cabal.

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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