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“I’m appalled that the state (and the town of Yarmouth) would consider a project that would damage this fragile watershed,” said Andrea Gottfried, a taxpayer in West Yarmouth. “Lewis Bay is historically, ecologically and economically important to Cape Cod residents and visitors from around the world.”
Falmouth will get a major break on the $1.5 million debt it owes to the state Clean Energy Center, thanks to an agreement between local and state officials reached in connection to one of two wind turbines at the wastewater treatment plant.
The town of Falmouth will seek the help of a consultant to figure out how to comply with an order to dismantle and remove the Wind 1 turbine which was shut down for improper permitting.
AUBURNDALE, Mass. — Speakers at the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Renewable Energy Conference on Feb. 1 discussed the merits and viability of different methods to achieve New England’s aggressive emission reduction goals.
In recent years it seemed Northern Pass may have made a mistake getting ahead of the crowd in an attempt to sell Quebec hydropower into New England, as it faced more than six years of withering criticism while later-arriving proposals drew little attention.
Samuel Bonacci, a spokesman for the college, said the ice flew off the turbine’s blades Tuesday morning, landing on the building and a parking lot used by faculty and staff. It broke a hole in the skylight.
Falmouth Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to authorize Town Manager Julian M. Suso to hire a consultant to help determine how to comply with building commissioner Rodman L. Palmer’s order to dismantle and remove Wind 1.
One of two controversial wind turbines at Falmouth’s wastewater treatment plant may become a cell tower, while the second may someday spin again, but not at its present location. ...A superior court judge in June put a stop to any future operation of the turbines at their present site.
“The department concedes that customers taking net metering services directly receive the benefits of the net metering system,” the DPU said in its ruling. “The costs of net metering, however, are borne by all electric customers, whether or not they receive net metering credits. Consequently, there is a transfer of costs rooted in the net metering system.”
In light of recent events (Falmouth ordered to remove Wind 1) the underlying question then must ask whether Wind 2 should be subject to and included in Building Commissioner Rod Palmer’s turbine removal order?
Toxic transformer fluids could pollute drinking water if leaks occur at a substation where an offshore wind energy developer plans to connect to the region’s electric grid, according to an attorney for the town of Barnstable. “We haven’t seen the plans,” Charles McLaughlin said of Vineyard Wind’s plan to connect an underground transmission cable to an Eversource substation in Independence Park.
Building Commissioner Rodman L. Palmer determined that the town’s wind turbine, Wind 1, is a non-complying structure and needs to come down.
Voters in this tiny Berkshire County hilltown, population around 800, overwhelmingly banned all new wind turbine development at a special town meeting. Thursday night's vote was 101-22, far more than the two-thirds majority needed to amend the town's zoning code.
Town officials will be given until May 31, 2018, to produce a plan for dismantling and removing the mammoth Wind 1 turbine that stands on the wastewater treatment plant property. Building Commissioner Rod Palmer responded in writing Tuesday to a request for enforcement of the local wind energy systems bylaw, submitted to him recently by Fire Tower Road resident Mark Cool.
The three firms vying to build the first major offshore wind farm in the United States filed their proposals on Wednesday with Massachusetts officials. Each of the firms kept their pricing a secret, so they publicly tried to differentiate their projects based on size, transmission approaches, construction timetables, and partnerships.
Three offshore wind energy developers bid Wednesday on contracts to sell electricity to Massachusetts power companies, taking the next big step in a process that could set turbines spinning south of Martha’s Vineyard within the next five years.
The Green Center plans to ask the Massachusetts Appeals Court to review the a judge’s decision to keep Falmouth’s two wind turbines permanently shut down. FALMOUTH — As host to five different scientific institutions, Falmouth should be leading the battle against climate change rather than abandoning a significant green initiative like the town-owned wind turbines, according to George Woodwell, a Woods Hole scientist and member of The Green Center.
One of its biggest problems was its location. Critics insisted that Mr. Gordon was putting his $2.6 billion project in the wrong spot. He wanted to plant 130 turbines in the shallow waters of Nantucket Sound, where they would have been protected by Cape Cod, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard.
This important letter by acoustician Stephen Ambrose explains how two separate court decisions, one in Massachusetts and the other in Michigan, together provide clarity on what the minimum protective noise limits should be when siting industrial wind energy facilities. Mr. Ambrose's letter includes links to the two decisions as well as supporting background information. The content of the letter is shown below. The original can be downloaded from this page.
One of the first Berkshires towns to allow wind power is poised to prohibit it — before any blades turn.