Residents will have to wait until Monday, Dec. 1 to hear more about the proposed Graham Waste wind turbine project. Last Thursday, the applicant, Jim Sweeney of CCI Energy, formally requested the public hearing set to continue on this past Monday, Oct. 27 be postponed to allow him to collect further data. In anticipation of the planned public hearing last week, talk and opinion of the wind turbines were blowing around.
A spokesman for the state Department of Public Utilities confirmed that a decision on Cape Wind's power purchase contract with National Grid would not be issued yesterday [Nov. 18], the paper's deadline.
Project principals haven't exactly been holding their breath.
In filings with the state, Wal-Mart said the high prices set by Cape Wind's first contract to sell electricity will lead to higher costs for the retailer. Wal-Mart already pays more than $2 million a year to power 28 Massachusetts stores served by National Grid, which negotiated the deal with the offshore wind farm.
Wal-Mart, a company that epitomizes the word big, is among the groups questioning the deal between Cape Wind Associates LLC and National Grid. The retailer argues in documents recently submitted to the state Department of Public Utilities that Cape Wind is not cost-effective. ...The company has concerns with how National Grid will pass the additional costs of the power from Cape Wind on to customers, Wertz said.
Although the move may conflict with Wal-Mart's messaging on clean energy, it fits with the company's parsimonious image, says Joseph Feldman, an analyst at research firm Telsey Advisory Group. Most of the company's green initiatives so far have led to cost savings, Feldman says. "Wal-Mart's proposition to their customers is to help save them money," he says. "Anything that gets in the way is a hindrance to that."
Walpole would need to change zoning to allow for a renewable energy or alternative energy generation facility in a designated area by right. ...Selectman Snuffer said he "shudders in total agony" with the thought of allowing by-right zoning - site bylaws that give the town very little recourse for denying a business from building in the designated area
The town will not seek a state Green Community grant after failing to submit an application before the deadline, but officials say they will continue to move toward implementing sound environmental initiatives independently.
Selectmen last week considered applying for a state grant that would have paid for a consultant to suggest how the town can become more environmentally friendly.
SAVOY (AP) -- A wind power project has been proposed for Savoy.
When the Pilgrims arrived in America, it was the Wampanoag who greeted them peacefully so the newcomers could escape religious persecution. Now the tribe is having to fight for their own religious freedoms.
The Wampanoag, also known as "The People of the First Light", have delayed the construction of America's first offshore wind farm, reports Associated Press.
The Mashpee and Aquinnah Wampanoag practice sacred religious rituals which they say require an unblocked view of the horizon, in particular, the sunrise.
The Aquinnah Wampanoag complaint cites multiple violations, including irreversible alterations, significant adverse effects, and the destruction of historical, cultural, and spiritual tribal resources through the permitting of the Cape Wind project, according to a tribal historic preservation office press release.
A study of wind energy feasibility concludes that vigorous winds blow over the tribal lands of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), and if they are harnessed they could provide the tribe with financial and environmental benefits. ...The tribe has made no decision to move forward with a wind project. "We did the study to see whether we wanted to go ahead," Mr. Vanderhoop said. "There has been no vote of the tribal council."
"The Tribe depends on Nantucket Sound for food, jobs, spiritual ceremonies, and cultural continuity, and the Sound is essential to the Tribe's religious ceremonies and traditional religious practices," the Wampanoag say in their federal complaint.
Last month, the nation's first offshore wind farm nailed down its first buyer when the Massachusetts Department of Public Utility approved a deal that sees Cape Wind selling half its power to National Grid, the state's largest electric utility.
But the other half of the Cape Wind project's electricity remains available with no obvious takers.
The president of the board of directors of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod has resigned over a dispute about whether to endorse the wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound.
Jack Barnes, 72, of West Falmouth, sent his letter of resignation to fellow board members at the prominent local environmental organization Friday, citing his belief that the organization's executive director, Maggie Geist, plans to push for an endorsement of Cape Wind's proposal.
Glenn Wattley does not apologize for being associated with coal.
"Yeah, I started in the coal industry but I've done a lot of other things," he said in an interview at the offices of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound yesterday.
The 54-year-old business and investment consultant's most recent undertaking is as the new chief executive officer of the Alliance. The nonprofit group is leading the fight against Cape Wind Associates' proposal to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound.
The Tiverton Town Council approved installation of a 150-foot meteorological tower at the Industrial Park during its meeting Monday night.
The tower will measure wind velocity, and its findings will help determine the best location for a wind turbine in town.
Gary Plunkett, a representative for East Bay Energy Consortium, said the turbine will generate one year's worth of wind data.
Not everybody in Wellfleet is delighted by the prospect of a 400-foot-high industrial wind turbine being installed at White Crest Beach.
That's clear from the questions the Wellfleet Energy Committee has had to answer publicly at its meetings, and personally, by e-mail, to citizens who have raised many inquiries about the financial feasibility of a wind turbine, the impact it will have on the environment and their property values.
Five years of work to build a 400-foot-tall wind turbine on town-owned land overlooking White Crest Beach came to a crashing halt last night as selectmen voted unanimously to kill the project.
"I embrace alternative energy and it grieves me to be supporting the end of this project," Selectman Jacqueline Wildes-Beebe said. "There is a lot of risk for too little gain."
A tempest is brewing over the proposed wind turbine at White Crest Beach.
Last week, vandals absconded with the stakes used to mark the site of the turbine. This week, a large group of Outer Cape homeowners gathered at National Seashore headquarters to voice their objections to the project.
And it appears that the vice-chair of the Wellfleet Energy Committee, which spearheaded the project, has resigned.
Wellfleet police are investigating alleged vandalism to land survey stakes off Ocean View Drive where the town is planning a land-based wind turbine.
The removal of a handful of stakes on town land was reported to the police yesterday by land surveyor Chet Lay of Slade Associates of Wellfleet, said police chief Richard Rosenthal this morning.