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Windfall (2010)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 7 May 2010 (USA)
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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.


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


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Release Date:

7 May 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lowville, New York, USA See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,780, 5 February 2012

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Struggle of townspeople in NY community when they learn about a wind power development
26 February 2012 | by wco-presidentSee all my reviews

This is an excellent and balanced view of what can happen when a huge multi-national corporation targets your community for an industrial wind power generation facility. In this case, the townspeople decide to learn more on their own and look beyond the wind company's hype about "green" and "clean" and they discovered the potential for health problems, environmental impact, and the extent to which the development would change their community. In fact, just having the proposal changed the community--probably forever--as it pits people against one another.

For some, all they had to know was that they would be getting a cheque. Others wanted to know what the impact would be from having the huge industrial structures in their community. A key issue was how the elected officials saw their role: take the money or protect the community? Very thoughtful, and well done.

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