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Powered-down turbines continue to cost Falmouth money

Selectmen addressed the financial circumstances while announcing the decision not to appeal, saying “we know there would be substantial costs associated with taking down the turbines in addition to the lost electricity generated by both Wind 1 and Wind 2 as well as the looming debt associated with not running the turbines.” “These are real numbers and those liabilities have real impact on our community services and resources,” the statement read.
22 Jul 2017

Falmouth ruling bolsters cause for neighbors of Plymouth turbines

But the recent development in Falmouth, where a judge ordered the town’s two wind turbines at the municipal wastewater facility to be powered down because they constitute a nuisance, is a positive development. “It’s definitely a ray of hope for us,” said Ian Davies of Plymouth, a neighbor of the turbines. Davies was the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit filed by a group of private citizens against Future Generation Wind and the town of Bourne.
16 Jul 2017

Turbine decision comes as surprise in Falmouth

“It’s just such a tremendous relief to me and it’s still taken these past couple of days to sink in,” said Barry A. Funfar, a plaintiff in the case that ultimately led the board of selectmen to drop legal proceedings. Mr. Funfar is one of several neighbors who argued that the presence of the turbines negatively affected their health. 
14 Jul 2017

Falmouth neighbors worried celebration premature in fight against wind turbines

Judge Cornelius Moriarty upheld the local zoning board’s finding that two 1.65-megawatt turbines at the town’s wastewater treatment facility were a nuisance, and he ordered them shut down. ...A few days after Moriarty’s June 20 decision, selectmen announced they had to gather more information before deciding what to do next, since the town could be on the hook for dismantling the turbines as well as loans and grants used to buy and install them if the turbines remain offline. The total potential cost to the town was previously estimated at $14 million.
7 Jul 2017

At clean energy tour, dialogue dominated by wind turbine opponents airing grievances

One opponent of wind energy was armed with a three-page testimonial about his plight of living near a wind turbine. ...He began, “Do you know what it’s like to live for 30 years in peace and quiet, to come home and see 350-foot blades from wind turbines in your neighborhood? Do you know what it’s like to feel uncomfortable in your own yard, having to listen to an industrial noise that never seems to end?”
23 Jun 2017

Falmouth’s Wind Paradox

Despite the 2013 Wind Turbine Bylaw prohibiting the existing turbine structures, and the zoning board’s 2016 permit denial for one of the turbines, I think town hall and wind turbine neighbors are destined to do this forever. Exposing perhaps the real victim in this David and Goliath paradox – Falmouth itself.
30 Apr 2017

Not exactly a breeze: Offshore wind still faces challenges

NEW BEDFORD — Amid all of the challenges that could face offshore wind power along the East Coast — legal disputes from commercial fishing advocates, construction plans altered by whale migrations, President Donald Trump’s emphasis on revitalizing fossil fuels and more — some promising news for renewable industry supporters arrived in mid-March.
29 Apr 2017

Falmouth wins turbine nuisance case

Despite the decision, the turbine known as Wind 1 — one of two turbines at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility — must remain shut down as the town battles its own Zoning Board of Appeals in Land Court and faces off with neighbors in a morass of additional legal challenges.
27 Apr 2017

NIMBYism wasn't issue, the environment was

The Eagle editorial's implication that NIMBYism must not stand in the way of saving the planet is as irrational as it is unfounded. The hard-working politicians and administrators in the East have neither wind nor ridges in their backyards, so they pontificate to us out here in the Berkshires that we must (must!) accept wind turbines on every ridge if they say so. Or else.
23 Apr 2017

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