Mass. wind energy siting bill dies
In 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.
December 16, 2011
by Patrick Cassidy
in Cape Cod Times
The controversial wind energy siting bill under consideration on Beacon Hill is effectively dead.
State Sen. Benjamin Downing, D-Pittsfield, the co-chairman of a committee responsible for the legislation, announced this week that he will ask that the measure be tabled.
The announcement hands a major victory to opponents concerned about the bill's effect on local control over wind energy projects.
In remarks Wednesday during an energy forum at the Berkshire South Community Center, Downing said those concerns, plus issues with siting standards and other problems with the legislation and wind energy, prompted him to call for a study of the bill - a... [continue via Web link]