Welcome to Friends of Florida and Monroe

Is Iberdrola's Hoosac Wind Project Right for Our Beautiful Berkshire Rural Landscape?

The Hoosac Wind Project is located in Florida and Monroe Massachusetts. The nineteen 340 foot tall industrial scale wind turbines make it the largest land-based wind project in the state.

 

The Friends of Florida and Monroe is a group of concerned citizens who question the wisdom of building a project like this. We are concerned about what life will be like for us living in close proximtiy to the turbines. We question whether or not the millions of dollars of public subsidies really benefit the public or is this an example of sucessful lobbyists lining the pockets of wealthy corporations? Will there be health effects from the turbines, and will we see a reduction of our property values? Do industrial scale wind turbines really help with global warming and help us get off fossil fuels?  Or is this a wrong turn on the path to a sustainable energy future.

 

Please join us in learning more about industrial wind turbines. And help us to ensure the health and safety of the residents of Monroe and Florida, Massachusetts.

HOOSAC WIND TURBINES VIOLATE STATE NOISE STANDARDS

August 2, 2014 - These industrial wind turbines are out of compliance much more than the two days of isolated testing that Research System Group did after we complained about the noise here.  WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER 363 days a year? Just because they aren't being tested DOES NOT mean that they are IN compliance. We need help to make sure this project is held to STATE GUIDELINES every day of the year - or shut it down.

 

While Iberdrola would like to assure the public otherwise, we have every reason to believe that the wind turbines near our homes will continue to be loud. They will continue alter our once quiet and peaceful existence here on Moore's Road, severely impacting our health, well-being and property values. They are way too close to many homes here in Florida and all the surrounding towns. And sadly, the ones near us are right on over the town line in Monroe, so we never had a say about them.

 

Michael Fairneny

Moores Road

Florida, MA
 

Study: Monroe Turbines Too Noisy
By DIANE BRONCACCIO
Recorder Staff
Friday, August 1, 2014
(Published in print: Saturday, August 2, 2014)
MONROE — Acoustic testing of the Hoosac Wind turbines in Monroe and Florida show that noise levels have exceeded the maximum decibel range permissible for the 19-turbine New England Wind facility.
Hoosac Recorder aug 1, 2014.doc
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REPORT FINDS HOOSAC TURBINES OUT OF COMPLIANCE

 

Jim Jevulis July 31, 2014 WAMC Northeast Public Radio

 

Studies done earlier this year show noise levels coming from wind turbines at the Hoosac Wind Project in northwestern Massachusetts were out of compliance with state regulations. People living in the area have complained of adverse health impacts since the turbines began spinning in 2012.

http://wamc.org/post/report-finds-hoosac-turbines-out-compliance

Hoosac Monitoring Report - April 29, 2014
Prepared for Iberdrola Renwables
Hoosac Monitoring Report 04-29-2014.pdf
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Hoosac Wind Transmittal Letter
Letter to Massachusetts DEP from Iberdrola May 2, 2014
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Letter From Iberdrola to a Resident Regarding the Sound Study
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Forum on Industrial Wind and Property Values

 Forum on Industrial Wind Considers Property Values
 Slated for January 17 in Grafton, Vermont

 DANBY, VT—A public forum on the impact of industrial wind towers on property values will take place on Friday, January 17, at 6:30 p.m. at the White Church, 55 Main Street, Grafton. This is the second of three forums on Wind Development in Rural Communities sponsored by Vermonters for a Clean Environment, a statewide not-for-profit organization.

 Michael McCann, a professional real estate appraiser, will be the main speaker. McCann is a Chicago based appraiser who has studied and appraised wind project impacts on property values from coast to coast, and has qualified and testified as an expert witness on this subject before various zoning boards, siting committees and litigated cases.

 He brings 8 years of wind experience to Grafton on January 17, and will provide vital insight into the growing evidence of value impacts. He will inform attendees regarding appropriate methodology for such evaluations that meet professional and legal standards of evidence. He will present examples of independent value study results as well as wind industry funded studies, and provide a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies used.

 Seminar attendees are advised that McCann is an unbiased professional, and is not an anti-wind spokesman or activist as some in the pro-wind industry have characterized him. His blunt and transparent studies have, however, effectively debunked the industry claim of “NO VALUE IMPACT”.

Joining Mike on the panel will be Vermont residents who live near the wind turbine project on Georgia Mountain and have experienced first-hand the impact on their property values. Annette Smith, Executive Director of VCE will facilitate.

 Iberdrola Renewables, the fourth largest energy company in the world, has recently erected three MET towers (test towers), two in Windham and one in Grafton on land owned by New Hampshire-based Meadowsend Timberlands Limited. The towers are likely a precursor to an application for Windham County’s first utility-scale wind turbine development.

 All are welcome to attend this free event. Pizza and beverages will be served.
 The next forum on the impacts of industrial wind will be held on Friday evening, February 21.

 Vermonters for a Clean Environment is a statewide non-profit environmental advocacy organization that focuses on ensuring citizens have a voice in the permitting, regulatory, and legislative processes.

Iberdrola's avian consultant fined and sentenced for federal wildlife violations.

Dec 30, 2013 --Iberdrola wildlife consultant fined-

 

“We support the Justice Department’s vigilance in prosecuting Bittner for his serious transgressions and unlawful behavior,” said Tisdale, who has long contended that there are eagles in areas slated for wind turbines, where Bittner claims there are none. ““When unethical and basically corrupt experts like Bittner side with industry over avian protection,” Tisdale concluded, “our beautiful birds literally get clobbered with the blunt end of the turbine blade.”

 

 David Bittner, was sentenced in federal court  in August after pleading guilty to unlawful taking  a Golden Eagle without a permit and failing to file any data reports for a four-year period on birds that he had banded.

 

Bittner was sentenced to probation and a  $7,500 fine.Critics called that a slap on the wrist, since Bittner and the Wildlife Research Institute had raked in more than $600,000 in consulting fees for his work on behalf of large energy companies. Iberdrola and Pattern Energy hired him to write reports justifying their wind projects, Tule Wind in McCain Valley and the Ocotillo Express Wind Facility. Sempra Energy also hired Bittner as its eagle consultant for its massive Energia Sierra Juarez Wind in Baja California.

 http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/14638

Wind Siting Standards Hearing- Monday January 27 5pm-8pm Pittsfield, MA

Department of Public Utilities Wind Siting Standards Hearing
http://www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/renewable-energy/wind/siting/wind-siting.html
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DPU hearing Time and Place

 

Berkshire Community College
Monday, January 27, 2014
5:00 - 8:00 pm (longer, if necessary)
Koussevitzky Arts Center, Room K-110
1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Direction and Campus Map
Google Maps

Accoustics Expert -People matter, not sound testing equipment December 22, 2013

Ambrose said “we have to end up putting at the top of our list human complaints–that’s why we’re all here. If we end up putting our instruments there, we’re not going to end up solving the human complaint problem.”

 

http://windwisema.org/

Wind Noise Forum, Townshend, VT November 22, 2013

A discussion about noise and health effects of industrial wind with an expert and residents living near wind turbines.

 Hosted by VT State Senator Peter Galbraith D-Windham

With  Steven Ambrose, a civil engineer and member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering

 And Citizens from Groton, NH and the communities around the Hoosac WInd Project in Massachusetts

 

 http://vimeo.com/80183479

Hoosac Sound Testing Challenged by Wind Noise Experts

A Brief Review of the Hoosac Wind Turbine Noise Studies
November 22, 2013- Stephen Ambrose and Robert Rand
A case study in sound testing after a wind turbine project is operating, and the neighbors complain. The review concludes that Mass DEP sound regulat
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Hoosac Sound Study Cover Letter
The sound studies for Hoosac Wind Project were arranged for by MASS DEP and paid for by the developer. The residents near the project had many questions regarding the legitimacy of this study.
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Hoosac Sound Monitoring Report
Published in June, 2013 by Resources Systems Group, Inc of Vermont. The study concluded that the turbines are in compliance with MASS DEP sound regulations
Hoosac Sound Monitoring Report 6-27-2013[...]
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Robert W. Rand, INCE- Review of the Developer's Sound Study - April 19, 2013
Mr. Rand refutes the study results, suggesting that Hoosac Wind probably exceeds State noise limits. As noise level increases with power output, the highest sound levels were likely not acquired.
Hoosac Wind review-Rand.pdf
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Stephen E. Ambrose, INCE - Review of the Developer's Sound Study - April 19, 2013
The data is not representative of full-power output. . The background ambient noise levels were contaminated with tree and wind rustle, which can increase noise by more than the state standard.
Hoosac wind study review -ambrose.pdf
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Will State Noise Standards Help You? - DON'T COUNT ON IT

FARIHAVEN- SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 If town residents agree on anything, it's that the turbine fight is likely not over. In fact the State of Massachusetts is still
investigating the turbines, as well, after determining they were too
loud and exceeded legal noise levels, on a number of occasions.

 

http://www.abc6.com/story/23386633/incumbent-wins-fairhaven-election-wind-turbines-still-in-dispute

 

FALMOUTH SEPTEMBER 17, 2013

By a 3-2 vote last night at the Falmouth Public Library selectmen voted a
long-range plan for the wind turbines at the Wastewater Treatment
Facility, electing to increase the operation for both machines from 12
hours per day to 16 hours per day.

 

A Comment for this article states that "There is no mention in the article that Wind-1 was found by state regulators to be generating over 50 decibels of offensive noise 1,320 feet away. Falmouth bylaws limit noise to 40 decibels. The typical
ambient sound level in Falmouth is around 30 decibels."

 

http://www.capenews.net/falmouth/falmouth_selectmen_vote_to_increase_operating_hours_of_wind_turbines

Residents report on noise from wind turbines of Hoosac Wind Project

North Adams Transcript Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013
FLORIDA - Residents living near the Hoosac Wind Project held a press conference Tuesday, where they discussed formal complaints they have filed with the state Department of Environmental Protection
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iBerkshires Tuesday, February 12, 2013
FLORIDA, Mass. — The stories they tell are similar — constant headaches, ringing ears, pounding hearts, sleepless nights.
The cause of their concern can be seen sweeping the sky
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Greenfield Recorder February 13, 2013
“My quiet, peaceful, serene world and home has been turned into a reeling of unending noise, annoyance and constant dealing with those in charge to help us,” said Fairneny. “My wife’s ears are
hoosac Recorder 12-13-13.doc
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WTEN ALBANY NY February 12, 2013
BERKSHIRE COUNTY, Mass. -- "At night, at 3 a.m., 4 a.m. in the morning, it sounds like it's worse. It sounds like helicopters idling in the woods," said Mark Lavariere, a resident of Florida.
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ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT WIND TURBINES IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD?

The noise and vibration from large wind turbines have been
shown to have serious health effects. People all across our State are
complaining. People in nearby Vermont and New York are experiencing
a loss of peace and quiet in their rural homes. People living near turbines are reporting
insomnia, headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations, emotional depression and
constant stress. The sounds and
vibrations are even worse when people are inside their homes.

                     And we have the largest turbine project in Massachusetts!

 

 Call Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

          413-784-1100 or e-mail marc.simpson@state.ma.us

             



If they don’t hear from you, they will be forced to assume that you don’t care about the noise and vibration that you are being subjected to.

Hoosac Wind Complaint Form
Here is a form that you can fill out, save the changes and e-mail to DEP. Or use as a guideline for your call in complaint or download and mail it in.
Hoosac complaint form.doc
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Mail complaint forms to: Florida Town Hall 
                                   379 Mohawk Trail
                                    Drury, MA 01343

Governor Patrick is Met By Protesters at Hoosac Wind "Celebration"

Governor celebrates Hoosac Wind Project December 3, 2012

Letters to the Editor

 

http://windwisema.org/2012/12/14/comments-spills-over-to-greenfield-from-hoosac-ribbon-cutting/

 

These facts eclipse all other facets of the debate about wind power in that they challenge the very core of widely held assumptions about what we can really accomplish with wind energy. When so little is gained, why is it worth the massive public subsidies, impact on neighbors, wildlife, etc? Lloyd Crawford

 

… in inland New England, IWTs will not reduce our carbon footprint. They will not contribute in any way toward limiting global warming. They will however significantly increase the cost of every person’s and business’s electricity, precisely at a time when we cannot afford it. The reason is that the subsidies paid to keep this economically unsustainable technology operating will be spread over everyone’s monthly electric bill, in addition to the cost of the normal fossil-fuel-based capacity required to back-up those IWTs. Raymond Hartman

 

 

 

Michael Fairneny (left) of Florida and Malcolm Donald (second from left) of Falmouth wait for their meeting with the Governor while State wind turbine proponents admire the view.

 

“I feel like my whole world is going to turn to crap,” said Farineny, who has lived in his home for 28 years.“We were told we would never even see these things, and now I’m afraid we’re going to hear them.” (Gazettenet.com)

 

 

 

Protesters are on hand to help educate our public officials.

"Lloyd Crawford, of Hawley, is concerned with the new wind turbines not addressing the state's current energy problems."This project produces one 1,000th of the electricity used in Massachusetts,"he said. "Power demand is expected to grow one percent per year for the next
decade. We'd have to put up a project like this once every 5 weeks for the next 10 years just to keep up with demand." (North Adams Transcript)

We hope that Senator Ben Downing (left) agrees with Marsh Rosenthal (right, with a clear message on his tee shirt.). No Industrial Wind for our ridgelines.

Residents in New York state sue developer Iberdrola
ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - Dozens of neighbors of a $200 million wind farm sued the companies behind it,
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NEWS FROM VERMONT

Lowell Mountain, Vermont Turbine Complaints
lowell mountain noise compaints.zip
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On October 10, the Florida Massachusetts Selectmen heard from residents,
calling themselves “The Friends of Florida and Monroe”, concerned about
the Hoosac Wind Project that is scheduled to go online later this year.

http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2012/10/19/hoosac-wind-project-residents-meet-with-florida-selectmen-and-state-representative-gail-cariddi-group-has-formed/

Florida, MA Selectboard Meeting-Audiotape
October 10, 2012- Residents of Florida express their concerns about possible noise problems from the Hoosac Wind Project to the Florida Selectmen and to representatives from wind developer Iberola
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                      North Adams Transcript   October 11, 2012

                 New Wind Turbines Pose Noise Concerns in Florida

 http://www.thetranscript.com/ci_21746566/new-wind-turbines-pose-noise-concerns-florida

                     NorthAdams.com     October 2, 2012

 FLORIDA, Mass. — Residents will be able to bring questions and concerns to the developers of the Hoosac Wind Project next week.

http://www.northadams.com/story/42355/Pittsfield-School-Committee-Approves-Adult-Learning-Center-Move.html

         North Adams Transcript    Monday September 24, 2012

Hoosac Wind turbines to fire up soon - By Scott Stafford, New England Newspapers

 FLORIDA -- All 19 wind turbines are up, and the testing and commissioning process is about to begin on Bakke Mountain in Florida and Crum Hill in Monroe -- the final step before the Hoosac Wind project can start generating power.

 

                Hoosac Wind Project Nears Completion | WAMC

www.wamc.org
www.wamc.org/post/hoosac-wind-project-nears-completion?ft...
 
Sep 10, 2012 ... A 19-turbine industrial wind farm is near completion in the Northern Berkshires, but according to nearby residents, some uncertainties about the ...
www.wamc.org
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This is what has become of Crum Hill in Monroe, the highest point of elevation in the Berkshires.

 

An overview of issues with industrial wind power.

 http://www.aweo.org/problemwithwind.html

Find More Information Here

  Please visit these websites to find out more about industrial wind

 

                           http://www.windaction.org/about

                               http://windwisema.org/

                                http://aweo.org/

                             http://www.wind-watch.org

                               http://www.stopillwind.org/

                         http://www.preservelenoxmountain.org/

                          http://vermontenergyoptions.org/

                              http://shelburnewind.info/

                            http://www.nhwindwatch.org/

 

http://peakkeepers.org/

  http://www.vermontwind.info/information/




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