Windwise tries to put a face on turbine legislation
Windwise fears that the two bills, in combination, would allow the state to easily put turbines on state land without the approval of neighboring local governments. ...Straus said if it came to a vote of the wind siting standards bill, he would vote against it, saying "for me the local participation in decision making is critical, and this bill wouldn't allow for that."
June 15, 2012
by Ariel Wittenberg
in South Coast Today
BOSTON — Twenty members of the statewide turbine opposition group Windwise met Thursday at Beacon Hill to lobby against two energy bills they say could lead to an increase in the number of turbines across Massachusetts.
Supporters of the first bill, titled "An act relative to competitively priced electricity in the commonwealth," say the bill doubles the amount of energy utilities must accept through net metering, or buy at retail price, making the energy market more competitive.
But Windwise members worry the emphasis on net metering will actually put pressure on local municipalities to build wind turbines to support the... [continue via Web link]