Articles from Massachusetts
The Falmouth Board of Selectmen is holding off on deciding how the town will respond to a legal defeat in the ongoing battle over its wind turbines.
The quasi-public Massachusetts Clean Energy Center said Monday that the agency and Cape Wind “mutually agreed” to end Cape Wind’s lease of 28 acres of heavy-duty waterfront industrial space in New Bedford. The $4.5 million lease was supposed to run through the end of 2016.
National Grid has given no indication that a contract is still under consideration. “Cape Wind had an opportunity to extend the contract, which, for whatever reason, they declined to do,” the utility said in a statement. “Any new contract, could one be negotiated, would require an extensive and lengthy review by the Department of Public Utilities.”
Meanwhile, in the United States, the massive windmills gobble up valuable habitat, as do the roads needed to access them. These eyesores ruin otherwise picturesque landscapes, and are built with little regard for the migratory paths of protected wildlife. The deadly blades can reach speeds up to 170 mph, often chopping birds into pieces. Most recent data estimates that 600,000 birds and hundreds of thousands of bats fall prey to this “green” technology every year.
The court overturned Barnstable Superior Court Judge Robert Rufo’s June 2013 decision and ruled in favor of a cluster of neighbors who sued the town over its 2009 installation of Wind 1, one of the twin, 1.65-megawatt wind turbines erected at the town’s wastewater treatment facility.
The governors of Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island teamed up Wednesday to begin looking for ways to increase the region's reliance on renewable energy sources while also expanding natural gas capacity.
The wide-sweeping bill meant to revamp state energy policy includes a provision that would require utilities to solicit competitive bids on long-term power contracts with offshore wind farms. The contracts would eventually have to amount to 8.5 million megawatts of power and last at least 15 years.
The last man of nearly a dozen accused of stealing and scrapping copper from a Florida wind farm in 2013 was handed a 2 1/2 year suspended sentence on Tuesday.
After failing to meet an end-of-year deadline for fixes that would reduce the noise-level of Crum Hill wind turbines, Iberdrola Renewables LLC’s Hoosac Wind Power Project has been cited by the state Department of Environmental Protection for being too loud. Until the problems can be remedied, the company is now under an administrative consent order to take operational steps to bring the project into compliance with permissible noise levels whenever a noise complaint is found to be true through sound tests.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection has issued an administrative consent order on the Hoosac Wind project. The order against Iberdrola Renewables comes after the company failed to implement sound reducing measures for its 19 wind turbines in the towns of Florida and Monroe.
A company that built six solar farms at capped landfills on Cape Cod has filed a lawsuit seeking to have more than $12 million in liens placed on revenue generated from the projects. The Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative, along with the towns of Barnstable, Brewster, Chatham, Dennis, Eastham, and Harwich, have been named as defendants in the lawsuit. A lawyer for the cooperative said it will participate in the lawsuit as necessary to protect its interests and the interests of its member towns in the solar projects.
Demonizing his critics worked for Gordon for more than a decade, but in the end the NIMBY charge lost its sting when the public recognized Cape Wind as a classic bait and switch. Developers promised cheap, clean energy, and then planned to sell 77.5 percent of the power they were going to produce to NStar and National Grid for some two times the average cost of power generated by US suppliers.
Only two of four wind energy lease areas in federal waters south of Martha’s Vineyard received bids in an auction today and the sale prices were millions of dollars lower than previous auctions for leases of smaller sizes off other coastal states, according to statements by federal energy officials.
Cape Wind has been suspended from New England's wholesale electricity market and has pulled out of a lease for land that had been earmarked for staging the 468MW project. "In general, suspensions are a result of a participant not maintaining a minimum amount of collateral and/or not complying with other financial assurance or billing requirements."
The developer of Cape Wind has terminated contracts to buy land and facilities in Falmouth and Rhode Island, the latest sign that the $2.5 billion effort to become the nation’s first offshore wind farm may never produce a kilowatt of energy.
Chronicle produced this news video covering the impacts of five industrial-scale wind turbines sited in Kingston, Massachusetts. The transcript of the video is provided below, Click the picture or link on this page to watch the video.
The typical price of a tax equity investment for an on-shore project that carries no debt is between 7.5 and 8.5 percent. By adding debt to the project, the range increases to the mid teens. ...“Admittedly it is being built by Siemens but there are also a lot of local contractors. ...It’s complex, so that would make any first time investor in the offshore industry nervous. So that puts your price of tax equity north of the mid teens, which makes it incredibly expensive."
Sources confirmed Friday that Cape Wind Associates LLC has ended payments and an existing lease agreement option with Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown.
Cape and Islands legislators from both parties were hardly heartbroken last week seeing National Grid and Northeast Utilities deal a potentially fatal blow to Cape Wind.
The development of a terminal at New Bedford’s port – after $113 million in state investments – suffered a blow when Cape Wind lost two electricity contracts after it failed to obtain financing for its $2.8 billion wind project by a Dec. 31 deadline.