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Responding to neighbors' concerns, the town is exploring a change in location for two large-scale wind turbines. ..."It's an effort to try to get a little more distance away from the nearest houses," Barry Worth, chairman of the town's utility and energy conservation commission, said yesterday. He said the turbines would be 1,400 to 1,500 feet away from the nearest house instead of 1,100 feet.
Proponents of wind energy state that blade failures, fires and collapse are small in relation to the number of turbines and we should not consider those failures when siting. How does that protect abutting businesses and residents? I witnessed the process steamroll through to develop Port's standards — decreased from what the state models recommended for safe setbacks to property lines for ice throw, blade throw and collapse. Ours is only 150 feet, not even the minimum of 1x turbine height (Mass DOER recommends 1.5x).
Norm Hills represented the Alternative Energy Committee (AEC) in their request for an amendment to Zoning Bylaw Section 8.3, which pertains to "windmills...radio transmitters and receivers, dish antennas and similar structures." The current bylaw addresses smaller private wind turbines, but it does not address safety requirements for larger commercial wind turbines. With research, the AEC hopes to find an optimum spot for harnessing wind energy.
Wind Energy Ordinance has opened up for 22 of these to be built inside the city limits. This means that not just one neighborhood will be affected, but neighborhoods from Quail Run to homes near Low Street could be impacted. Apparently, the city is poised to repeat the same mistake it did with the landfill. And with the adoption of the conditions of the GCA, it will be nearly powerless to protect the citizens from the negative effects of these huge towers.
Even in the chilly world of winter on the Outer Cape, talk of offshore wind turbines can generate some heat. "I just don't think that wind energy is economically feasible for people of Cape Cod," Mary Allen Bradley of East Orleans said during a hearing yesterday at Eastham Town Hall on a proposed wind energy planning district for Cape waters.
I couldn't disagree more strongly with Dennis Duffy (My View, Jan. 21) about my objections to the Cape Wind project. My opposition to the project is not based on any NIMBY concerns, but on the basis of its unjustified burden on the ratepayers of Massachusetts.
In a letter sent Feb. 9 to U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Jeffrey Madison, a former member of the Aquinnah tribe's tribal council and an attorney at a law firm hired a month ago by the project's developer, said the idea that the wind farm would harm the tribe's cultural tradition was a "fabrication" invented by opponents of the project "who wish to derail the project."
A Barnstable Superior Court judge hearing a challenge to a state agency's approval of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm has dismissed all the claims by the project's opponents. ...The Alliance and the town have 60 days to file an appeal, he said.
The state's four largest utilities today are expected to receive bids from solar, biomass, wind and other renewable energy firms for long-term electricity contracts ...But some energy firms and business groups are publicly and privately expressing concern that the Patrick administration has spent too much time pushing wind energy.
Are wind turbines a possibility in Cohasset? Two years ago when the wind energy facility bylaw passed unanimously at Town Meeting it seemed like the sight of the twirling blades were only a matter of time. The bylaw was supposed to pave the way for turbines and set parameters for their construction.
Pressure is coming from both sides as the town moves deliberatively toward locating two wind turbines on town-owned land. The Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative, which would lease town land and construct the turbines, needs town action to be taken to move forward with its funding. Yet, residents in the neighborhoods where the turbines would be located say they are not getting the answers promised them.
The state's top environmental and energy official wants the electricity from the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm to be affordable for consumers. In a letter sent yesterday to Cape Wind and National Grid, Ian Bowles, the state secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, called for the cost of electricity from the project to be well below what was agreed to in a deal between the utility and a Rhode Island offshore wind energy company.
The decision by the federal gvernment in 2007 to recognize the Mashpee Wampanoag as a historic Indian tribe documents tribal efforts to preserve their rights. The decision relies on extensive evidence, including census records from 1694 ...Gov. Deval Patrick is now pressing President Obama to break this promise and to ignore the federal rights of the Aquinnah and Mashpee Indian tribes.
The state's highest court heard arguments yesterday in a case that could impact not only the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm but also the powers of the Cape Cod Commission and its sister agency on Martha's Vineyard. ...the justices questioned attorneys on whether the state abdicated its responsibility in reviewing the proposed wind farm.
This letter was submitted to the Cape Cod Times newspaper in response to the report claiming the Cape Wind project will save $4.6 billion in costs to New England over 25 years of operation.
Catherine the Great once said: "A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache." Islanders have experienced their share of both over the past decade, as visions of energy independence have been tempered by talk of viewsheds, environmental impacts and the preservation of cultural heritage.
Geof Karlson, chair of the Wellfleet Energy Committee, told the board of selectmen at their meeting on Tuesday that it is likely no articles will appear on the spring Town Meeting warrant for the proposed wind turbine near White Crest Beach.
Also being appealed is the decision by the Barnstable Old King's Highway Historic District Committee to deny a certificate of appropriateness for Cape Cod Community College's proposed wind turbine. In its decision, the committee decided ...the overall design of the facility are incompatible with the historic character of the Old King's Highway Historic District."
The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound blasted the findings of a recent study which repeats the myth that offshore wind contributes to lower electric rates. "Nothing could be further from the truth," said Audra Parker, president and CEO of Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. "To repeatedly mislead already overburdened electric ratepayers with the myth of cheap offshore wind is worse than disingenuous; it's a deliberate attempt to hide the true cost to consumers of Cape Wind."
In a press release sent to news outlets on Friday, Cheryl Andrews-Maltais, chairman of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah), outlined the tribe's opposition to the Cape Wind project in terms of cultural, religious, and environmental concerns. The press release followed the visit last week of Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.