New England states move to increase hydropower.386662013-06-16T01:13:03Z2013-06-16T01:13:03ZHydropower could play a larger role in New England's energy mix as five of the region's states, including Massachusetts, move to import more of it - most likely from Canada - and at least one has passed a law that could allow electricity from large-scale hydrolectric dams to be classified as green as wind or solar energy.Some area residents steaming over solar projects.380582013-04-14T12:43:39Z2013-04-14T12:43:39Z"Residents and abutters have little to no opportunity to have their voices heard in objections or their questions answered," Ms. Chase said. "Despite the numerous procedural errors that have occurred, the town continues to blindly allow this ill-sited project to deleteriously impact the public health, safety and welfare of the people who have made their home on Bearsden Road for years."Falmouth selectmen, finance committee stand firm on removing turbines.379762013-04-05T18:30:59Z2013-04-05T18:30:59ZThe Falmouth Board of Selectmen and the Falmouth Finance Committee held a joint April 4 meeting and unanimously stood by the selectmen's prior vote to remove the town's wind turbines, despite receiving none of their requested financial assistance from the state to do so. The latest estimate is that it will cost the town about $14 million to remove both Wind 1 and Wind 2.In New England, a Natural Gas Trap.373952013-02-16T13:21:19Z2013-02-16T13:21:19ZThe underlying issue in New England is that gas pipeline capacity is inadequate to keep prices steady in times of high home heating demand, said Vamsi Chadalavada, executive vice president and chief operating officer of ISO New England. ISO is leading a study focused mainly on reliability, but reliability is intertwined with price, he said.Falmouth town meeting to vote on turbines.372732013-02-05T10:38:34Z2013-02-05T10:38:34ZThe three articles collectively ask town meeting members to: appropriate money to cover debt obligations the town holds for construction and maintenance costs; fund the dismantling and disposal or relocation of the turbines; and supplement the fiscal 2013 and 2014 operating budget as necessary due to the turbines being curtailed or shut down.Massachusetts renewable energy goals fall short .368352012-12-22T14:03:49Z2012-12-22T14:03:49ZGroups of pro-wind residents living near wind turbines within weeks become anti- wind as soon as the 400 foot turbines start to spin. The operators of the turbines quickley find themselves in front of local boards and court. ...performance of wind turbines in New England showing that the economic life expenses of onshore wind turbines is very short in some cases between 3 and 5 years, not the 20 years projected by the wind industry and government projections. Northeast Utilities, NStar close $5B deal.347682012-04-10T19:42:33Z2012-04-10T19:42:33ZConnecticut and Massachusetts negotiated agreements with the two companies that set the stage for regulatory approval. In Massachusetts, Northeast Utilities and NStar agreed to buy more than a quarter of the power that would be produced by the proposed Cape Wind offshore wind farm as a condition of the deal.Lack Of alternative energy in NU merger settlement rankles critics.346322012-03-25T17:30:54Z2012-03-25T17:30:54ZUnlike in the Massachusetts pact, where NSTAR, based in Boston, agreed to buy more than one-quarter of the power generated by Cape Wind, Connecticut negotiators did not reach a deal for the companies to purchase locally generated alternative power.
Connecticut officials said in response: Cape Wind's energy is renewable energy, but it's pricey, and they didn't see a value in locking ratepayers into higher generation rates.
Wind turbine critics question panel's report on health impacts.342962012-02-14T01:03:05Z2012-02-14T01:03:05ZEleanor Tillinghast, a longtime critic of the Patrick administration's efforts to proliferate land-based wind turbines, said the Patrick administration's report recalled public health officials' slow realization about the scale of the AIDS epidemic, as well as on tobacco and asbestos issues around the county.Green electricity finds few customers in Mass.; Wind farms bring higher NStar bills.342422012-01-31T10:59:50Z2012-01-31T10:59:50ZToday, with fewer than 6,800 customers in the program, a typical family buying all its power from the wind farms pays about $23.94 more per month than a basic service customer, or about 30 percent extra when delivery charges are included. Those rates will increase again in March by $8 for customers buying all their power from the Green program.Committee buries wind siting bill, guv's bottle bill dealt blow.341762012-01-24T19:42:36Z2012-01-24T19:42:36ZKeenan and his co-chair, Sen. Benjamin Downing, said their decision to relegate the wind siting bill to a study - a move that nearly always spells defeat for bills - was intended to give the committee more time to advance narrower legislation focused on the siting standards used for land-based wind projects. ...The bill was sent to study without objection from any of the 10 members on hand.New rules could boost region's renewable power .341652012-01-23T15:31:32Z2012-01-23T15:31:32ZA federal order issued last fall is intended to make it easier to construct transmission lines, costly and controversial projects that are notoriously tough to build.
Wind farm critics slam health study; Patrick standing by controversial report.341422012-01-21T15:54:10Z2012-01-21T15:54:10Z"It's a one-sided report," said Virginia Irvine of Brimfield, a town where a proposed wind farm caused great controversy.
Neil Andersen lives near a wind turbine in Falmouth and says he is upset with the findings. "I got to the first page saying that my problems, my health problems, don't exist."
State wind act is dead.338332011-12-17T15:25:56Z2011-12-17T15:25:56Z"From the time we first became aware of the bill in 2009, we were up against the Statehouse leaders, the media, and the â€˜green' groups," said Eleanor Tillinghast, a member of Green Berkshires. "It was quite a fight. From the Cape to the Berkshires, we all pitched in to protest this unprecedented and dangerous piece of legislation. And to their great credit, our legislative leaders listened and reversed course on the bill." Mass. wind energy siting bill dies.338192011-12-16T14:25:54Z2011-12-16T14:25:54ZIn making his decision, Downing said he had considered what he heard from constituents and state officials during 15 hours of hearings on the bill held in Hancock and Barnstable.
The siting bill has been fought by those opposed to putting wind energy projects near residential areas.
Murray abandons wind energy siting bill.337772011-12-06T11:46:05Z2011-12-06T11:46:05Z"The senate president supports local control and is not in favor of the bill," Schroeder wrote in an email to the Times. "The Senate plans to review other bills pending before the Legislature that address the costs of energy and our renewable energy goals."
Opponents of the siting bill praised Murray's change of heart.
State senate president will not support windmill delay.337362011-12-01T13:20:39Z2011-12-01T13:20:39ZKeisch said wind turbines on ridges would be "devastating to property values" in the county, would cause utility rates to go "up instead of down," and are not a reliable source of energy.
"You say that they should be part of the mix, but I think until we really understand the scientific basis for it, there are other alternatives," Keisch said.
Green Communities Act needs an overhaul, or perhaps extinction.337392011-11-30T13:51:56Z2011-11-30T13:51:56ZMr. DiMasi, off to jail this week, is the third successive Massachusetts Speaker of the House to be indicted and convicted for financial impropriety. He ought to have been charged with poorly thought out energy generation legislation.
The boondoggle that is Cape Wind is a DiMasi/Patrick legacy. Legislators get an earful at contentious Cape turbine hearing.333852011-10-22T13:13:29Z2011-10-22T13:13:29ZThe state is late to the party when it comes to setting rules for wind energy development, too late to bother many Cape Codders told a state's joint committee on telecommunications, utilities and energy Thursday morning at Barnstable High.