The Town of Falmouth hid a noise warning letter from Vestas wind company that everyone invloved in the installtion of the second wind turbine Falmouth Wind II was aware all the Vestas V 82 wind turbines in Falmouth were 6 decibels louder than the proposed smaller General Electric wind turbines.
This is the April 2, 2013 Staff memo to the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Board of Directors – The memo confirms test results were estimated and were wrong. Keep in mind all state and local officials and Vestas wind company knew the turbines were too loud in 2010
Staff Memorandum for April 2, 2013 Meeting of
MassCEC Board of Directors

Staff requests the Board delegate to the Chair authority to appoint a three-person subcommittee of the Board, which will include the Chair and the CEO, with the authority to review and approve on behalf of the Board of Directors potential modifications to an existing renewable energy certificate (REC) purchase agreement (the “Existing REC Agreement”) between MassCEC and the Town of Falmouth (the “Town”). Under this agreement, MassCEC has prepaid $1.01 million to the Town for RECs to be delivered from a wind generating facility between 2015 and 2030.

MassCEC is considering the terms of an amendment to the Existing REC Agreement, which may include potentially waiving the Town’s obligation to deliver RECs to MassCEC under the Existing REC Agreement. The purpose of a potential waiver would be to reduce the financial impact to the Town of steps taken to mitigate sound impacts from two municipally-owned wind turbines (“Wind 1” and “Wind 2”) at the Falmouth waste water treatment facility (WWTF).

Risks/Due Diligence:

1. State policy consistency – is the potential REC agreement concession consistent with state noise policy? Yes. MassDEP has conducted regulatory compliance testing of the Wind 1 turbine at night and concluded that the sound impact from the turbine does exceed state noise policy under certain conditions. MassDEP monitoring during daytime found no exceedances of state noise policy.

2. Precedent – what will be the impact on other projects that are subject of neighbor concerns? There is substantial evidence that conditions for the Falmouth wind project are unique, both justifying the action contemplated herein and providing reasonable assurance that the Falmouth resolution will not represent a precedent for other wind projects, for example:

a. Falmouth Wind 1 was one of the earliest municipally-owned megawatt scale wind turbines installed in Massachusetts. Even though the original MTC-commissioned feasibility study for Falmouth over-estimated the likely acoustic impact, that study did not include a detailed acoustic analysis based upon sampling of ambient acoustic conditions (as is our current, more rigorous practice) which might have identified a potential exceedance of the 10 decibel limit.

b. The Falmouth wind turbines are of an older design which does not offer “low noise operations” or other retrofit options.

3. Over-subsidy – does the potential REC agreement concession unduly place the financial impact of relief on the Commonwealth, rather than the Town (the Town was ultimately responsible for siting of the turbine) ? We do not believe this to be the case. The aggregate nominal value of the potential concession is about $2 million. In comparison and by way of example, the Town will forfeit up to $8 million in aggregate financial benefit if operation of the wind turbines is curtailed to 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Mass Clean Energy Center Admits Falmouth Wind Turbine Noise “Mistakes”
truniciated click link to read entire April 2, 2103 memo below