NYS’ Two Billion Dollar Energy Swindle

June 27th, 2009

by Mary Kay Barton

NYS taxpayers and ratepayers are funding what is likely a $2 Billion fraud.

I was one of a number of citizens representing 33+ NYS grassroots groups who attended the June 16, 2009, NYSERDA Environmental Stakeholder's Meeting on Wind Power in Albany. (See Meeting Summary: http://tinyurl.com/mxa5zf for a more detailed report.)

The reasons for this unique meeting were: 1.) to answer citizens' questions on industrial wind power that we have been asking NYSERDA for years now (See: Citizens' Questions: tinyurl.com/kkkuqz for these, and for more background),  and 2.) to see if they could provide scientific proof that the $2+ BILLION dollar Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program is not a complete waste.  NYSERDA failed to do either.    

The crux of the problem with wind power is the fact that it is the very same businessmen and investors who stand to make "obscene" profits at NYS citizens' expense, who are claiming industrial wind is a solution that will reduce CO2 emissions and thereby reduce Global Warming

To date, no independent scientific studies have shown evidence to substantiate their self-serving claims. 

Our persistent pursuit of NYSERDA for PROOF is the reason this meeting was held.

Unfortunately, NYSERDA's one-sided stacking of the panels for this meeting, the very limited question time citizens were allowed, the wind lobbyists' PR provided on NYSERDA's website, right on down to the intimidation their lawyer used when he told us, "You better watch what you do with that videotape,"  all fly in the face of NYSERDA's own Mission Statement as a "public benefit corporation" who "places a premium on objective analysis" - "reaching out to solicit multiple perspectives."

NYSERDA officials told us wind energy is “not up for debate,” as this is the political agenda that's been handed down to them. Our view is that as energy experts of the state, NYSERDA should formally object to ineffective political directives in technical areas, and insist on sound scientific solutions.  It appears instead, that fear of program cutbacks is guiding their actions as "multiple perspectives" are now being locked out while our government and its' agencies pursue these corporate-political agendas.

DEC's Chief of Engineering Projects, Jack Nasca suggested that NYS towns use some of the PILOT money they receive from these projects to conduct their own studies, so the towns can hold developers accountable if they don't meet set project requirements. Nasca's statements further demonstrate that the State (who is in charge of this whole matter) has no intention of demanding any accountability from Big Wind LLC's, and wants to pass the buck on to rural communities. 

NYS Department of Health representative, Dr. Jan Storm, reported that the negative health impacts involving noise associated with industrial wind turbines have been reported worldwide.  Yet, she acknowledged NYS still has NOT conducted any studies on these problems, while the "woefully inadequate" siting continues on unchecked across NYS. 


Only two of the speakers at the meeting had anything genuinely negative to say about wind power all day. Dan Driscoll, retired noise control engineer for power projects with the PSC, sited the "many adverse health effects" associated with "infrasound" from industrial wind projects. He closed by asking, "What are you going to do about it?" but received no reply from any NYSERDA or other State agency representatives. 

Retired DEC Ecologist Tom Brown really called out the State, citing the "inadequate oversite of these projects by the State" in towns who are "ill-prepared to deal with the well-financed industry," as being "tragic". Thank God there are still some highly-principled people who aren't afraid to speak out against the political pandering going on in our government today! 

Before we allow the needless spending of billions more of OUR hard-earned money, to line the pockets of corporations who continue to lobby for legislation to suit their bottom lines, we must DEMAND to see independent, objective scientific PROOF to justify what they are doing.  

Before we allow further environmental, health, economic and cultural devastation of our beautiful NYS landscapes - all for a scam reminiscent of the economically-devastating subprime fiasco that has harmed us all, we MUST stand up, speak out, DEMAND the TRUTH, and insist on scientifically-sound solutions to our energy issues. 

We anxiously await the scientific proof that NYSERDA claims they have, but still has not produced (5 YEARS into this program!), when they post the answers to our Citizens' Questions on their website - as they promised us they would do at the 6/16/09 meeting. 

Mary Kay Barton is a lifelong NYS citizen & environmental activist for Sound Scientific Solutions.

5 Responses to “NYS’ Two Billion Dollar Energy Swindle”

  1. nofreewind Says:
    Thank you Mary Kay for representing American in this FRAUD being perpetrated on the American People. A 2MW turbine costs $3.5 million dollars according to windindustry.org. They work for about 20 years. If you took a loan for that period at 7% it would be $330,000 per year. A 2MW turbines operates for about 30% of 8760 of the year producing = 5300 MWhours or 5,300,00 kWh. Each kWh is worth about 5 cents wholesale for a total production of $262,000 per year. A wind turbine does not even pay for the costs of construction with the electricity produced! And there are yearly maintenance costs and kickbacks to landowners and local governments. That is where the FRAUD comes in. With double-accelerated capital appreciation, Federal Production Tax Credits and various other Federal/State and Local tax credits and breaks we actually pay the Wind Farms to place these wheels up so we can watch them spin. Also they seriously harm the environment, our scenic beauty and residents in close proximity to the turbines. It is a complete SWINDLE of the American Public. www.nofreewind.blogspot.com
  2. Barbara Durkin Says:
    There are no scientific studies that support what amounts to the industrial wind Ponzi scheme. Using the business model of Enron, hypothetical future value accounting methods, these oft times former Enron employees deliver promises that cannot be kept, in exchange for public monetary and resource wealth. Public apathy poses a greater threat than the multinationals hiding the clean green machine scheme. When it sounds too good to be true, it's the wind industry speaking. Enron was asked for a refund by GE... Los Angeles Times November 15, 2002 “General Electric Co. is seeking the refund of almost half the $358 million it paid to an Enron Corp. unit for wind-turbine manufacturing assets, lawyers told a federal bankruptcy judge in New York on Thursday. “It’s standard procedure,” said Dennis Murphy, a spokesman for GE Power Systems, who confirmed the company’s refund request. “Purchasers have certain protections built in. If the purchase price didn’t accurately reflect the value of the asset, we can petition,” he said.” http://articles.latimes.com/2002/nov/15/business/fi-wind15 The wind industry tells the truth :) http://www.wind-watch.org/documents/wind-energy-industry-tells-the-truth/ Thank you for offering your voice of truth and sound reasoning, Mary Kay Barton.
  3. HILDA E. DAVIS Says:
    Ms. Barton well stated the position of the citizens of New York. As a citizen of N. Carolina and having fought hard last year, we were successful in the fact they will not be allowed in our County, but they are now trying to put them off shore of our beautiful coast. Neither our Federal or State Government will stand up and have federal and state requirements put into place, as is strongly needed, and as is done in all other industries, not just energy issues. If the people of our country don't learn to stand up and make themselves heard, we will all pay the price for the greed of these developers, with the politicians being the ones that will have their pockets padded for something that has never been proven beneficial any where in the world. This issue is similiar to what we are dealing with in regard to Illegals in our country, in that we are not being protected as our state and federal government is suppose to do.
  4. Dan Szetela Says:
    Thank God someone is will to say the emporer has no clothes. The American people are in a panic and have fallen pray to the equivilent of a quack doctor promising to cure your cancer.
  5. Tom Stacy Says:
    Ms. Barton has caught this scandal by the tail and has the fortitude to hang on. It is people with this kind of determination and value set that made America great. Sadly, without the support of big media who hold all the face cards of public opinion, our society is doomed to waste and inefficiency at the hands of the greedy. Had I been the one with the video tape, you can bet it would be used to its fullest potential by our own lawyers! God bless the truth and damn our government's spending without transparent and scientific accountability.

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