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4 more wind turbines in Hull?

Hull officials are moving ahead with plans to build four offshore wind turbines capable of producing enough electricity to power the town. An application filed last month with the state calls for erecting four power-generating windmills on a shoal known as Harding’s Ledge, roughly 1.5 miles east of Nantasket Beach. ‘‘This would be the first offshore series of wind turbines in the country,’’ Hull Town Manager Philip Lemnios said. ‘‘We had such a favorable response to our two land-based turbines, the townspeople are pursuing the offshore options.’’

Town officials awaiting state action on plan for windmills 1.5 miles off coast

Hull officials are moving ahead with plans to build four offshore wind turbines capable of producing enough electricity to power the town. An application filed last month with the state calls for erecting four power-generating windmills on a shoal known as Harding’s Ledge, roughly 1.5 miles east of Nantasket Beach.

‘‘This would be the first offshore series of wind turbines in the country,’’ Hull Town Manager Philip Lemnios said. ‘‘We had such a favorable response to our two land-based turbines, the townspeople are pursuing the offshore options.’’

The town’s two turbines generate enough power to meet about 12 percent of Hull’s electricity demand. The offshore turbines would be able to produce a total of 15 megawatts of power, enough to meet all of the town’s demand for electricity, according to the Wellesley company hired by Hull to develop the plan.

State environmental officials will visit Hull on Jan. 24 to review the plan. They are collecting public comments through Jan. 29. State Secretary of Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles, a staunch wind-energy supporter, is expected to make a preliminary decision on... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Town officials awaiting state action on plan for windmills 1.5 miles off coast

Hull officials are moving ahead with plans to build four offshore wind turbines capable of producing enough electricity to power the town. An application filed last month with the state calls for erecting four power-generating windmills on a shoal known as Harding’s Ledge, roughly 1.5 miles east of Nantasket Beach.

‘‘This would be the first offshore series of wind turbines in the country,’’ Hull Town Manager Philip Lemnios said. ‘‘We had such a favorable response to our two land-based turbines, the townspeople are pursuing the offshore options.’’

The town’s two turbines generate enough power to meet about 12 percent of Hull’s electricity demand. The offshore turbines would be able to produce a total of 15 megawatts of power, enough to meet all of the town’s demand for electricity, according to the Wellesley company hired by Hull to develop the plan.

State environmental officials will visit Hull on Jan. 24 to review the plan. They are collecting public comments through Jan. 29. State Secretary of Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles, a staunch wind-energy supporter, is expected to make a preliminary decision on the town’s application sometime around Feb. 6.

With few options for additional land-based turbines in Hull, the town hopes to use offshore turbine technology developed and popularized in Europe, Lemnios said.

A $1.7 million grant from the Massachusetts Technological Collaborative is underwriting a feasibility study by ESS Group of Wellesley.

Before offshore turbine construction can begin, studies must be performed to determine whether the ocean floor could support the turbines and how the construction might affect lobsters and other marine wildlife, a spokeswoman for ESS Group said. The construction also would need local, state and federal approvals.

Hull lobsterman John Meschino, a member of the town’s conservation commission, said fishermen are concerned about the construction of transmission lines that would be buried in the seabed and link the turbines with Hull’s municipal light plant.

‘‘There are quite a few fishermen who have concerns about it,’’ Meschino said. ‘‘They have a concern about the destruction of habitat, and questions about construction and testing. There’s not too much information that’s been brought forth, scientific evidence that would back up the proposal.’’

It cost $1.2 million to build Hull’s first, 660-kilowatt wind turbine. Hull’s second, 1.8-megawatt turbine cost $3 million. The cost to build what many are already calling Hull Wind III has yet to be determined, Lemnios said.

Each of the four turbines would be about 430 feet tall, including the height of the turbine blades.

Public comments on the plan may be e-mailed to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs at deirdre. buckley@state.ma.us

How tall?

430 feet - Height from ground to tip of the blade of each of four power-generating windmills proposed for a shoal known as Harding’s Ledge, roughly 1.5 miles east of Nantasket Beach

328 feet - Height of Hull Wind II near the Hingham border off Gosnold Street

240 feet - Height of Hull Wind I on Pemberton Point overlooking Hull High School

440 feet - Height of each of the 130 turbines being proposed by Cape Wind for Nantucket Sound


Source: http://ledger.southofboston...

JAN 15 2008
http://www.windaction.org/posts/12818-4-more-wind-turbines-in-hull
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