Massachusetts Whale Deaths Increase With Offshore Wind: “What Are The Odds

The Block Island Wind Farm in 2016 was the first commercial wind farm in the United States. 
Initially, when the Block Island, Rhode Island wind project was proposed, offshore contractors told residents they could expect a 40 percent drop in their utility bills. 
After the wind farm came online local officials said the savings would likely be far less. 
The original cost including submarine cables and 5 wind turbines was 330 million. A Danish company later paid 510 million for the entire project or 100 million for each turbine. The price tag on the Block Island wind farm shows from an economic perspective and electric ratepayer the future of offshore wind is unfavorable.
The electric cable installed during the offshore project from Block Island to the mainland failed. The reconstruction of the cable was over 30 million. Rhode Island electric ratepayers were charged a surcharge on their electric bills to pay for repairs.  
A cottage industry has been created at an unknown cost to conduct maintenance on the Block Island turbine every Summer. This year a wind turbine jack-up barge is working on wind turbine # 4. 
Since January 2016 with the start of the Block Island wind farm, elevated humpback whale mortalities have occurred along the Atlantic coast from Maine through Florida. NOAA Fisheries has declared a whale "Unusual Mortality Event" that has followed wind turbine construction on the east coast into 2023.
Offshore wind failing electric ratepayers, is not cost-effective, and the forecasts of rapidly declining costs through increasing economies of scale are unrealistic.
Massachusetts history shows state officials in the past set unrealistic land-based wind turbine goals of 2000 megawatts of wind power by the year 2020. The land-based projects were a disaster with only around 100 megawatts today. 
Massachusetts spent the last six years of legislation to contract offshore wind. The state politicians and offshore wind companies signed contracts saving electric ratepayers money in 2022. Electric ratepayers were promised savings just like the Block Island wind farm. 
Massachusetts is allowing several ocean wind companies with signed contracts to rebid their projects next year costing ratepayers more money in order to achieve an unrealistic offshore wind turbine goal again. 
Whale deaths have followed offshore wind all along the east coast since 2016 and with the start of the Massachusetts project, two Humpback whales washed up in Martha's Vineyard on June 12 and 13.
Believe it or not, a whale washed up in the New Bedford ocean wind turbine port on July 3, 2023. 
The most common denominator is the news media standing down on common knowledge: 
A deaf whale is a dead whale and electric rates are going to be equal to a second mortgage. 


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Comment by Willem Post on July 5, 2023 at 10:36am

Loud noises from explosions to determine rock strata for foundations destroy the SONAR NAVIGATING ability of whales.

Bats also navigate with sonar. That is the reason they can fly at night

The whales bump into ships

They wash onto shores.

They cannot find fish with sonar sounding, i.e., they are starving.

They cannot communicate with other whales



Comment by Frank Haggerty on July 5, 2023 at 8:36am
Block Island Rhode Island Wind Farm Failures Episode Number 1  


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


(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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