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Falmouth was among the first towns in Massachusetts to install large turbines so close to homes. When people complained, the town tried curtailing their operation when it got real windy. Then they shut them off at night. They even considered buying out the homeowners.
KINGSTON - Kingston Wind Independence LLC, the owner of the Independence wind turbine, accuses local residents of making "false, baseless and inflammatory statements" in the media while also saying the company's legal department is "keeping tabs" on public statements they make to protect the company's reputation.
The zoning board of appeals declared two town-owned wind turbines a nuisance in a 4-1 vote Thursday night. The decision overturned Building Commissioner Eladio Gore's determination that noise from the turbines did not constitute a nuisance. Turbine abutter Neil Andersen, of 211 Blacksmith Shop Road, appealed that decision in November, and the board closed that hearing last week.
In the second half of a four-hour annual town meeting, residents unanimously approved a one-year extension of the town's wind-turbine moratorium and bought the Highway Department a new, used pick-up truck and a reversible, power-angled snow plow.
For some projects, the town bylaws require surety bonds - money set aside to cover any cost to the town in the event a developer doesn't finish a project or, in this case, if a wind turbine needs to be decommissioned. ...But Camelot Wind, the company that owns the Camelot Park turbine, says no insurance company will sign off on such a lengthy bond.
The Board of Health has been discussing creating shadow flicker regulations and may hire an engineer with knowledge of flicker effect to analyze the flicker study report. The question, was there ever a shadow flicker study done before the Independence was installed, has been a point of contention at public meetings as recently as last week. Town Planner Tom Bott, for one, has come under fire by Leland Road residents Doreen and Sean Reilly, among others.
Town Meeting would have to approve the spending of $8.3 million, which includes $4.9 million borrowed to construct Wind 2, $2 million to pay back the renewable energy credits, and $1.4 million to remove both turbines. That is the same amount Town Meeting failed to authorize earlier this month by six votes shy of a two-thirds majority. "I'm guardedly optimistic" that the ballot question will pass, Mr. Suso said.
With selectmen preparing to throw their support behind the ballot question asking voters if they support the estimated $14 million cost of removing Wind 1 and Wind 2, a concern was raised at their meeting last week that the Falmouth Energy Committee could be actively working against them.
Up until now, Diniak said, the turbine has had issues with a part on the tip of the blade called a "tip break." The tip break causes drag to slow the turbine down ...Now, he said, the oil's overheating is the main focus.
Unbiased inquiry into the facts of Cape Wind do not support any value to the project other than its profit to Mr. Gordon. Perhaps the most serious false claim in behalf of Cape Wind is that it will bring jobs to Massachusetts. New Bedford is the unfortunate setting for this claim.
Last Tuesday, April 9, 2013, Governor Patrick took a call on the issue of Falmouth's turbines during his weekly talk show on Boston Public Radio. Some of his responses were very surprising and extremely important. To hear this question from Falmouth resident Dave Moriarty and the governor's response, click here and go to the nineteen minute mark. Here are a few of the governor's statements:
For more than an hour, town meeting voters heard pleas from neighbors of Scituate's wind turbine. The consensus from the speakers: the turbine sounds like a jet plane that never lands, and it's ruining their health. ...Residents Wednesday night voted 132-118 to oppose the non-binding resolution, submitted as a citizen petition.
Falmouth's special Town Meeting concluded April 10, but not before Town Meeting members approved an amended Article 22 that will let town voters decide the fate of the town's two wind turbines at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility. ..."No borrowing would occur unless we get the vote of the voters."
Selectman Brent Putnam this afternoon said that when special town meeting reconvenes tonight at the Lawrence School, selectmen will ask town meeting members to allow them to study the costs of removal and seek special legislation that would allow Falmouth to borrow the necessary money.
"Peer-reviewed scientific studies have proven that living near wind turbines makes people sick, as evidenced by 21 wind turbine locations in Massachusetts from the Cape and Islands to the Berkshires where people have reported serious health problems," said Lilli-Ann Green, a spokesperson for WWMA.
“If mankind was worried about CO2, rather than paying Jim Gordon $500 million a year and making him wealthy, why don’t you plant a helluva lot of trees because trees and bushes take CO2 and convert it into oxygen,” Koch says. “What Jim Gordon is feeding off of is perception, not reality. The perception is that windmills are good because the wind is free.
"We got the message from the state and we're moving forward," said Selectman Kevin Murphy, chairman of the board. Even if town meeting votes against the article, selectmen will offer a ballot question asking voters if they want the turbines removed, Selectman Mary Pat Flynn said. The question would likely appear on the May 21 ballot. "Everyone wants to vote on this, not just town meeting," Flynn said.
Town meeting voters will consider a citizens' petition asking Scituate officials to rescind the special permit - awarded by the planning board in 2010 - that allowed Scituate Wind LLC to build a 390-foot-tall turbine off the Driftway. The petition was filed by turbine neighbors who say noise and flicker from the turbine have hurt their health.
FALMOUTH – The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) asked its board of directors to authorize the board chairman to appoint a three-person subcommittee that will review and potentially modify the existing renewable energy certificate (REC) purchase agreement with the town of Falmouth. However, the MassCEC staff memorandum that makes this request also states that Falmouth will not receive a contract waiver if Wind 1 is decommissioned and removed.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) issued a staff memorandum regarding how to address noise complaints arising from the town-owned wind turbines sited at the Falmouth water treatment center. The details of the memo are provided in this post.