Massachusetts Offshore Wind Cable Landings 3 Strikes

Falmouth   March 14, 2024 
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In 2010 and 2012 the State of Massachusetts gave the Town of Falmouth one million in renewable energy credits to purchase two commercial wind turbines that could not be sold at auction. The turbines came with a warning that each of the 1.65-megawatt wind turbines generates 110 decibels of noise each equivalent to a rock band playing 24/7. 
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The turbines caused 11 litigations and appeals over noise, shadow flicker, and health problems. The courts ruled the wind turbines a nuisance and were removed in 2022.
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Falmouth on Cape Cod is a vacation and boating destination with a large retirement community
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The land-based wind fiasco brings up the proverb fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. After the land-based failure, Falmouth is again looking at an ocean wind cable project.
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Strike one: 
On June 8, 2022, offshore wind contractors proposed placing underground 1200 megawatt cables buried through Falmouth and a six-acre high voltage direct current converter station on top of the Cape Cod aquifer. To put in perspective the Pilgrim nuclear plant on Cape Cod had an output of 680 megawatts. 
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Almost 200 people attended the June 8th onshore wind meeting held at the Lawrence School Auditorium with 90 percent were against the project.
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Strike two: 
On December 19, 2022, the Falmouth Select Board voted to deny offshore wind access to town property to study landfall sites for electric cables connecting its proposed offshore wind project to the electrical grid.
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April 10, 2023, the Falmouth Town Meeting voted to back the Falmouth Select Board's decision to deny offshore wind contractors access to town property. Falmouth has wind turbine zoning regulations approved by the town meeting and the attorney general called home rule in the Massachusetts constitution. 
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Strike three; 
In September 2023 Massachusetts created the Commission on Energy Siting and Permitting to remove barriers and permit time for renewable energy projects. Falmouth has bylaws requiring special permits that protect the health and safety of town residents. 
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Massachusetts has fallen behind on the 2025 to 2030 climate agenda goals due to offshore wind contractors withdrawing from signed contracts last year. Thus the state needs to bypass local zoning regulations to meet the goals.     
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On March 11, 2024, the Falmouth Select Board drafted a letter to the Energy Siting and Permitting Commission against removing barriers and permitting time. 
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Bypassing well-established local zoning regulations for the offshore wind agenda is a bunco scheme of enormous consequence. The citizens who value intellectual honesty should not be fleeced by their government officials.


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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."

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