Why do we look to the wind industry for solutions to our energy needs when the cradle of industrial wind in the U.S. is ENRON?

Why do we look to the wind industry for solutions to our energy needs when the cradle of industrial wind in the U.S. is ENRON

The Director of First Wind is (was?) Patrick Wood III.  First Wind CEO Paul Gaynor is former MA Deval Patrick’s appointed Advisor to the MA energy secretary on green policy under the Global Warming Solutions Act.  Wood is also the Former FERC Chair who failed to address energy market manipulation that led to the CA Energy Crisis, and a long-time promoter of ENRON's Ken Lay. See FTCR’s Letter to FERC Chairman Pat Wood, III 6/15/04, here-


First Wind Steve Vavrik Vice President, Origination was with ENRON in London in a project development and gas trading capacity. His role at ENRON included trading natural gas forward contracts and negotiating structured power deals.

UPC First Wind President Michael Alvarez is responsible for First Wind operations and assets.  After beginning his energy career with GE Capital, he joined ENRON in London

5/3/08 ‘Enron's ghost, carried on the wind’ Robert Bradley is a 16-year veteran of ENRON, seven of which he spent as a speech writer for Ken Lay. “As Bradley sees it, most of the "green energy" programs that are all the rage now date to initiatives supported by ENRON.”

In 2002, GE with CEO Jeffrey Immelt, spent $358 million to buy the assets of the bankrupt ENRON  Corporation, Zond Wind, founded by James Dehlsen in 1980.  Months later, GE petitioned the courts for the return of over half the money they spent on ENRON assets claiming the value of these assets wasn't worth the price GE paid.  GE’s Immelt led President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. 

Mike Cutbirth is former head of Global Finance for Zond Corporation and ENRON Wind.  He served 4 years as the first CEO of Clipper Windpower formed by ENRON.   

The first customer of the $40 million, publicly-funded Charlestown, MA Wind Turbine Testing Center WAS Clipper Wind, now bankrupt, founded by ENRON Director James Dehlsen. Dehlsen also served as an advisor to the Department of Energy’s Wind Program, testified at the first U.S. Senate hearings on global warming, and was a delegate to the climate change conference in Kyoto, Japan.

The MA Wind Turbine Testing Center Executive Director  Rahul Yarala is a staffer at MA Clean Energy Center MassCEC, that collects ratepayers' surcharges to invest in renewable schemes, and former Director of Engineering at Clipper Windpower, Inc., formed by ENRON.

Chief Operating Officer of Winergy Power, LLC, is Chris Wissemann is Deepwater Wind Founder is Chief Executive Officer of Fishermen's Energy and hails from ENRON.  

Let us never forget ENRON behind the CA Energy Crisis.  It's interesting to note that Senator Levin, below,  was addressing the future Director of First Wind, Patrick Wood III, then FERC Chairman charged by President George W. Bush to address corporate fraud by ENRON in the following excerpt: 


107th Congress transcript states-

Senator Levin: “The Enron scandal began by exposing dishonest accounting at a number of major U.S. companies that, unbeknownst to most, had begun to eat away at the reliability of their financial statements. It has since exposed the conflicts of interest that have made investors distrust investment reports issued by leading U.S. financial firms. It has exposed how those firms have become unwilling participants in shell companies, phony trade deals, and complex financial transactions used to inflate earnings, hide debt, and increase stock prices..”

Levin: “corporate executives have walked away from corporate disasters with millions in their pockets, often from exercising stock options, while pension funds, investors, employees and creditors have lost everything.”

[cut]. http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CHRG-107shrg83483/html/CHRG-107shrg834...

Those who don't learn from mistakes generally repeat them. 

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Comment by Barbara Durkin on February 24, 2015 at 11:37am

Thanks, MK, and LI. 

It seems that too many have too short memories.  What do Public Officials think?  That we aren't exposed to the Northeast Energy Crisis as the same players on on the field in New England right now?  Have they changed their spots?  When Enron alum., Robert Bradley, warns Enron is the wind industry's business model, how can this be ignored by our policy makers? 

Exactly, LI, Boston-based First Wind CEO has been invited by former Governor Patrick to write green policy that favors his Boston-based company. 

UPC First Wind CEO and President Paul Gaynor is former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s appointed Co-chair of “The Climate Protection Advisory Committee” under the Global Warming Solutions Act.  UPC First Wind Paul Gaynor is co-chair of the Mass Department of Environmental Protection Advisory Committee “Low Carbon Energy Supply Subcommittee.” 

UPC First Wind Paul Gaynor's business performance history with supporting evidence, here, should have excluded him from consideration from being appointed as an Advisor to the Executive Secretary of Energy and Environment by the Patrick Administration. 

Paul Gaynor CEO and President of First Wind and Patrick Administration Advisor is the subject of Hawaii Free Press March 28, 2011 front page article,

'Hawaii Wind Developer tied to the Largest Ever Asset Seizure in Mafia History': 


It appears we stand at the intersection of ENRON and MAFIA Streets.

Is it any wonder why wind is neither clean nor green, nor commercially reasonable, nor reliable, nor a job creator, nor is it a vehicle to lessen our dependence on foreign countries or fossil fuels. As with Enron, there are no benefits realized from the public or environmental perspectives. While all adverse impacts associated are actual and measurable.  Ditto the Mafia. 

Comment by Mary Kay Barton on February 24, 2015 at 9:48am

Tweeted this article out to @Chris_C_Horner -- He replied: 

@MaryKayBarton Wind industry born 1887; *global warming industry* began w/Enron,after they bought Zond, & constructed the rent-seeking beast

Comment by Long Islander on February 23, 2015 at 6:50pm

"First Wind already has secured a long-term power purchasing agreement for energy generated by its Bingham project through an agreement with Massachusetts. The state agreed in September 2013 to buy power from First Wind’s Oakfield and Bingham projects".


If First Wind's CEO is advising the government of Massachusetts on green energy and his company secures Power Purchase Agreements (PPA's) from Massachusetts buying power from a Maine wind project his company owns, how convenient is that? Are these Mass PPA's authorized by the state of Massachusetts? If so, even if he is not specifically advising them to sign a particular PPA, this interstate nonsense would appear outrageous to say the very least.


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 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

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"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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