RE: Massachusetts: The Wind Turbine Siting Reform Act called the Wind Bill and WESRA.
I encourage Massachusetts citizens to attend Public Hearing on Thursday, October 20, at Barnstable High School Knight Auditorium 10AM-4PM regarding the Wind Bill and to contact their representatives.
The Wind Bill (WESRA) if passed will perpetuate Beacon Hill crony capitalism and corporate welfare. Sal DiMasi sponsored the Green Communities Act reportedly for the benefit his friend, Jay Cashman of Cashman Equipment, who had announced intention to build a wind project. The Cognos contract financial interest Sal DiMasi held compromised the Office of the Speaker and will send him to prison. Public interest continues to be undermined by Patrick Administration Public Officials despite Sal DiMasi’s trail for corruption and lengthy prison sentence.
This administration has restructured the Massachusetts energy market by the Global Warming Solution Act, the Green Communities Act, its net metering provisions, the Green Jobs Act, and similar mandates. We were informed these laws would extend public and environmental benefits. Green jobs have been created-but not for the public funding green initiatives. The architects of MA green laws exclusively enjoy publicly-funded green jobs. Grants and loan guarantees also benefit Massachusetts Patrick Administration Public Officials as CEOs, founders, Directors and Advisors behind several for-profit, publicly-funded, green business ventures. Green laws force the public to fund mandated goods and services provided without consideration of cost to consumers as public interest is not the driver.
Massachusettes Energy and Environment Secretary Ian Bowles ushered green mandates while he held oversight of the Commonwealth’s six environmental, natural resource and energy regulatory agencies. (1.) Coincident to Secretary Bowles serving as Mass Energy Chief he served as Advisor to Harvest Energy and to Flo-Design awarded $8.3 million dollar federal stimulus grant.
Five months after Leaving Office, Mass Energy Czar launched Rhumb Energy to service the industry his green laws promote from his office at 4 Liberty Square, Boston, MA. Rhumb Line was founded by Ian Bowles and his former undersecretary PHIL GUIDICE is named MANAGING DIRECTOR. Bob Keough, who once served as the energy department’s head of public affairs, is listed by Rhumb Energy as “PARTNER” as is Vivek Mothta, former director of energy markets at the state’s Department of Energy Resources. (2.a, b, c, d)
Undersecretary of Energy in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs and Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources Phil Giudice was also VP with stock options at EnerNOC that was awarded 20% of Massachusetts ARRA total stimulus by $10 million dollar contract. (3.)
Deerin Babb-Brott served as Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Coastal Zone Management and Director of the Office of Coastal Zone Management in the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. In that role, he led the development of the Massachusetts Ocean Management Plan, a first-in-the-nation comprehensive state ocean plan that designates wind energy development areas.
EPSILON Associates has announced: “ Deerin will lead Epsilon’s work on off-shore energy projects and bring his considerable expertise to bear on Epsilon’s active coastal permitting practice.” (4)
UPC First Wind is Boston-based with its CEO and President Paul Gaynor serving as 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 also co-chair of the Mass Department of Environmental Protection Advisory Committee “Low Carbon Energy Supply Subcommittee.” (5.)
UPC First Wind and affiliates IVPC build wind projects that fail to produce wind energy, yet developers continue to collect public subsidies. Seven IVPC project have been seized during operation, “Gone with the Wind” by Italian Police. (5.)
In this context, Paul Gaynor CEO and President of First Wind, Patrick Administration appointed Advisor, is the subject of Hawaii Free Press March 28, 2011 front page article on wind energy fraud titled: 'Hawaii Wind Developer tied to the Largest Ever Asset Seizure in Mafia History' (5.).
DeepWater Wind (Patrick Appointed Advisor) Paul Gaynor is Board of Managers of DeepWater Wind and Chief Executive Officer of First Wind; Michael Alvarez Board of Managers of DeepWater and President and Chief Financial Officer of First Wind according their Security Enchange Filing “Investment”. (6.)
Second Wind (Patrick appointed Advisor First Wind Paul Gaynor's Vice President) Michael Jacobs worked as a sales manager at Second Wind, Inc., and held the position of utility analyst for the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
“Second Wind received a $500,000 loan from the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust to help develop the Triton.” (7.)
Second Wind is partnering with WindPole Ventures-
TPI Composites Director of TPI Composites is Director of First Wind Patrick Wood III
TPI Composites’ offers a Statement On Award of More than $9 Million In Recovery Act Manufacturing Tax Credits from the Obama Administration. (9.)
With Ian Bowles Serving as Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has awarded TPI a $250,000 grant. (9.)
Bigger Government states:
After all, TPI Composites has also received accolades from Barney Frank, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and President Obama. Iowa companies have received more than $160 million in Department of Energy stimulus grants. How unfortunate that some Republican contenders chose to endorse more of the same instead of taking the opportunity to explain the senselessness of such a system. One would think that the Iowa Straw Poll would have been the optimal event to explain the free market perspective rather than acquiesce to the demands for more corporate welfare…” (10.)
The Wind bill language demonstrates the Patrick Administration intends to diminish private property rights and local control held by citizens in favor of renewable corporate entities. The Public is entitled to the public safety protections of Zoning the Wind Bill attacks. WESRA, if enacted, will promote corporate welfare and the interests of crony capitalists’. As the Wind Bill transfers public rights, monetary and resource wealth to its authors, and unduly exposes the public to exploitation, public health and safety risks associated with industrial development.
Please contact your representatives and urge them to vote against the Wind Bill(s).
Northboro, MA 01532
(2. a,b,c,d,e) http://www.rhumblineenergy.com/who-we-are-2/
(5.) Paul Gaynor UPC First Wind Advisor and Hawaii Free Press article
(6.) SEC Filing
Second Wind is partnering with WindPole Ventures- (8.)
The voice of experience and remorse in ME with wind energy bills like WESRA passed two years ago. Based on a report by Maine Center for Public Policy: Source: Bangor Daily New 10/13/11
'Some who created wind-power fast track now questioning the goals they set'
Additional evidence available upon request.
"AUGUSTA, Maine — The Wind Energy Act of 2008, which gave developers a fast track for putting up wind turbines on some of the state’s treasured high ground, was a piece of legislation passed at the time in the name of jobs, energy independence and climate change.
“There is tremendous potential for Maine to become a leader in clean, renewable energy, including wind energy,” said Gov. John Baldacci, who appointed the task force whose report led to the bill. “This kind of investment would create jobs and help to expand Maine’s economy.”
But now, two years after the law was championed by Baldacci, some members of the task force who supported the Wind Energy Act are questioning whether the goals they set for wind power can or even should be achieved.
Critics and even some one-time supporters say the proponents of the law were swept up in a tidal wave of enthusiasm for a technology that turns out to require significant sacrifice from the state, but has little to offer Maine in return..." [cut] continue reading this article by link: