Hawaii Free Press
Monday, March 28, 2011
Hawaii Wind Developer tied to Largest-ever asset seizure by anti-Mafia police
By Andrew Walden :: 576 Views :: Maui Politics, Maui News, Oahu News, Oahu Politics, Hawaii State News, Hawaii State Politics, World News, World Politics
by Andrew Walden
Paul Gaynor, CEO of First Wind stood comfortably with Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie, Rep Mazie Hirono, and HECO CEO Dick Rosenblum at the grand opening of the Kahuku Wind energy project on Oahu's North Shore Thursday. As he should.
First Wind–formerly known as UPC Wind--got its start in wind energy by launching Italy's IVPC--a company now subject to a record breaking asset seizure by Italian police. The Financial Times September 14, 2010 explains:
Italian anti-mafia police have made their largest seizure of assets as part of an investigation into windfarm contracts in Sicily. Officers confiscated property and accounts valued at €1.5bn belonging to a businessman suspected of having links with the mafia.
Roberto Maroni, interior minister, on Tuesday accused the businessman – identified by police as Vito Nicastri and known as the island's "lord of the winds" – of being close to a fugitive mafia boss, Matteo Messina Denaro..."
First Wind formed DeepWater Wind. First Wind CEO and President is Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick's appointed Green Jobs Czar.
Mr. Gaynor helps to write policy to direct wind energy development in MA as a MA based wind developer....with Mafia "affiliates"???
Now I understand why the MA wind energy mandate bill, The Wind Turbine Siting Reform Act, would eliminate the power of 2/3 Town Meeting Vote required for a zoning change. An offer for wind turbines, we cannot refuse ;(