Library from Massachusetts

Green energy hypocrisy seen in Berkshires

If the power being generated causes health impacts; is that trade-off worth reducing your collective carbon footprint? Is it better to cause huge health issues to some folks so others can smugly say their power is "green"? And why is hurting folks with windmills to power your Tesla and Wi-fi OK, but cutting a thousand trees down in a state forest along an existing right of way is not OK?
17 Oct 2017

Setback leaves Savoy wind project up in the air

On Sept. 27, Savoy voters rejected a request to adjust the wind-power bylaw residents passed nearly a decade ago. The change would have allowed Palmer Capital Corp., the firm managing the project, to increase the height of five turbines it seeks to install on West Hill near the Hawley line. 
12 Oct 2017

Transmission Developers Pitch Mass. Clean Energy Bids

Representatives of five transmission projects proposed in July in response to the Massachusetts solicitation for 9.45 TWh/year of hydro and Class I renewables (wind, solar or energy storage) tried to explain why their projects should be among those selected in January. Contracts awarded under the MA 83D request for proposals are to be submitted in late April.
10 Oct 2017

Wind turbines causing problems in Scituate, Massachusetts

Acting Town Administrator Al Bangert said they agreed to shut down the turbine during the hours of 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. when the wind blows from the southwest. ...Officials said since then, complaints have dropped more than 60 percent. But there has been a financial cost as well. Bangert is forecasting a financial loss of more than $100,000 per year whenever the blades power down.
6 Oct 2017

Renewable energy fans flex lobbying muscles in Massachusetts

An Associated Press review of state lobbying records found that in 2016, energy interests reported spending a combined $6.7 million lobbying Beacon Hill. Six out of every 10 of those dollars — or about $4.1 million — came from groups pushing renewable energy initiatives or fighting against fossil fuel-related projects, like the construction of natural gas pipelines.
5 Oct 2017

Felix Carroll: What the wind may blow

If you visit Fairneny — and people are; people from Savoy, in particular, where a wind farm is being proposed — he will likely employ colorful language to explain to you why industrial wind turbines are a bad deal from the standpoint of noise, alleged health risks, and impact on the environment and property values. "We're screwed here," he says, "but I still feel compelled to speak out and tell people from other towns what they're inviting."
26 Sep 2017

Massachusetts Wind Turbines: A Trail of Bloody Tears

A Florida, Massachusetts resident died Tuesday, February 9, 2016, at his home. The resident was unable to leave the property he loved. Wind development destroyed his peace and tranquility.  His suicide should have been prevented if the DEP, BOH AG, governor, ... intervened to protect public health. He was tormented by the wind turbine demons: audible and inaudible (infra-sound). 
23 Sep 2017

Under Sea and Over Land: CMP & others bidding for new transmission lines across Maine

Massachusetts’ demand for clean energy has drawn interest from several companies hoping to win lucrative contracts to transmit wind and hydro power from Maine, Atlantic Canada and Quebec. The utilities National Grid, Eversource and Unitil, along with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, are considering dozens of bids, including Maine-based proposals that would entail overland transmission lines and at least two undersea cables running through the Gulf of Maine to the Bay State. 
14 Sep 2017

Savoy wind turbine study is junk science

Furthermore, the panel distorts, ignores and misstates the conclusions of the very studies upon which it relies. These studies conclude that industrial wind turbines disrupt sleep, and note that chronic noise exposure is a psychosocial stressor that can induce maladaptive psychological responses and negatively impact health. Furthermore, wind turbine sound varies unpredictably, and the noise does not cease at night.
8 Sep 2017

Wind power opponents dominate comments at Savoy hearing

While the official business was a proposal to increase the maximum height of already approved wind-power turbines, the hearing turned into a wider and contentious critique of wind power's safety in rural communities. No votes were taken. The question of whether a project in the making since 2004 can increase its height by 30 feet will be decided at a future special Town Meeting. 
25 Aug 2017

More than 100 people ask if Massachusetts energy policy will destroy Moosehead Lake region

Residents said they feared the 500-foot tall turbines would adversely affect the aviation tradition on the lake, culminating every fall with the Greenville Fly-in. “There’s a lot at stake,” McDonald told the group. “The view and the wilderness experience. There’s a future at stake if you want to develop tourism in the area, the turbines pose a serious threat to the region.”
17 Aug 2017

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