Governor Deval Patrick takes a spin at the Falmouth turbine issue

Governor, state differ on message to Falmouth

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:

  • He described the turbines as "2 older turbines"
  • "They're not working well, right?"
  • "At least one of them needs to come down"
  • "I’m sending love [to Falmouth] through this microphone"
  • "Let's see if we can't close on it [getting State financial help] soon"

That’s right: There’s no typo above. The governor actually said that at least one of the Falmouth turbines “needs to come down”. He was also very enthusiastic about getting Falmouth some financial help to defray turbine removal costs.

Oddly enough, as the Governor was busy “sending love” to Falmouth, his administration was busy punishing the town.

First, the state rejected a request by Falmouth to assist with repayment of $5 million in debt incurred to erect Wind #1. Then the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) rejected a request that it forgive its $1 million prepayment for Falmouth renewable energy credits.

That is, just as the Governor was sending Falmouth some love over the airwaves, his minions were giving the town $6 million cold shower.


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