Windfall (2010)

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Wind power... It's green... It's good... Or is it? Windfall exposes the dark side of wind energy development when the residents of a rural upstate New York town consider going green.


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Credited cast:
Scott Alexander ...
Himself - Operations Manager
Frank Bachler ...
Himself - Town Supervisor
Ron Bailey ...
Himself - Meredith Resident
Sue Bailey ...
Herself - Meredith Resident
John Barrasso ...
Himself - Senator, Wyoming (archive footage)
Rick Beyer ...
Himself - Tug Hill Resident
Dan Birnbaum ...
Himself - Meredith Resident
Keitha Capouya ...
Herself - Head of Planning Board
Chuck Coggins ...
Himself (voice)
Tara Collins ...
Herself - Meredith Resident
John Hamilton ...
Himself - Meredith Resident
Roger Hamilton ...
Himself - Town Board
Tom Hewson ...
Himself - Energy Ventures Analysis (archive footage)
Ken Jaffe ...
Himself - Meredith Resident
Andy Karsner ...
Himself - Department of Energy (archive footage)


Wind power... It's green... It's good... It reduces our dependency on foreign oil... That's what the people of Meredith, in upstate New York first thought when a wind developer looked to supplement this farm town's failing economy with a farm of their own -- that of 40 industrial wind turbines. Attracted at first to the financial incentives, residents grow increasingly alarmed as they discover side effects they never dreamed of, as well as the potential for disturbing financial scams. With wind development growing rapidly at 39% annually in the US, WINDFALL is an eye-opener for anyone concerned about the future of renewable energy. Written by Anonymous

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We have wind farms about 20 miles north of us....every time I drive by them on the freeway and think that they are really spectacular looking...and think to myself..."self, why not harness the wind?" But this documentary really brings up some great issues with the not-so-obvious- drawbacks of locating these massive turbines in residential areas. I certainly wouldn't want them on my immediate property after hearing about some of the consequences. But more importantly...I always wondered what the carbon footprint was of manufacturing, assembling, and maintaining these things. Well, it is pretty apparent that more environmental damage is probably done, or is a wash, compared to the benefit of the "free" wind. I think there will be fields of these abandoned in the next decades...then what? A more viable option may be to have property owners use the smaller ones that service one residence, with extras being sold to the power companies. Might be much more efficient, and wouldn't bother those around you.

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