Articles from Massachusetts

Milton wind turbine project is officially dead

Granite Links sued to stop the turbine in 2011, and in 2013 an arbitrator ruled that Milton could build the turbine but could not operate it during golfing hours. The restriction meant the turbine, which had been expected to provide up to $800,000 a year for the town, would no longer be profitable, according to Milton’s planning director, William Clark.
14 Aug 2015

Hanover turbine running again after years of issues

{The turbine] was supposed to begin running in early 2011 and generate $50-60,000 worth of electricity towards the water plant’s yearly consumption of $120,000. Instead, it remained dormant for years after continuing mechanical issues ...Hanover Insurance took over the project for the town to avoid further taxpayer-funded cost overruns.
10 Aug 2015

Lawsuits entangle solar development

A Boston electrical contracting firm that claims it is owed nearly $3 million in fees for work on 18 solar projects on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard has filed lawsuits in Barnstable Superior Court against the developers and financial backer of the installations.
3 Aug 2015

Wind turbine parts to go through Buzzards Bay

The final part of the delivery route involves Head of the Bay Road from Belmont Circle north and west to the entrance to the Mann acreage that abuts Route 25 and where a four-turbine wind-farm is being constructed. A second ship in New Bedford, meanwhile, is offloading turbine parts shipped from Spain. Other turbine pieces come from various states, while the blades are imported from China, Gagnon said.
29 Jul 2015

Mass. Governor proposes hydropower imports to ‘stabilize’ electricity rates

The legislation is intended to ensure that about 1,200 MWs of hydroelectric power is delivered to Massachusetts, so that the Commonwealth can meet the greenhouse gas emissions goals – a reduction of 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020, and a reduction of 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050 – that are a pivotal part of the GWSA, passed in 2008.
15 Jul 2015

Hearings unknown on Haddad, Cabral wind power bills as governor seeks hydro option

With the 2016 state budget through the Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker filing a hydropower-focused bill last week, Beacon Hill seems poised to talk about energy legislation, but wind energy proposals that could boost business at New Bedford’s Marine Commerce Terminal still might not be heard until after Labor Day, a Taunton senator said Monday.
14 Jul 2015

Could utilities lose money on Bingham wind farm?

"Under the legislation, the Investor Owned Utilities (IOU) receive 2.75 percent remuneration for payments under the contracts, however this amount is expected to be less than the amount of legal expense incurred to obtain approval of the solicitation process, approval of the contracts and compliance with ongoing reporting and rate setting requirements." While that sounds like Unitil may be losing money, Unitil is not quite sure yet to expect. 
6 Jul 2015

Independence Wind Turbine: Kingston Wind Independence LLC reacts to results

It’s looking more likely that the Board of Health will have a vote in July or August on placing further restrictions on operations of the Independence wind turbine.  ...Board of Health Chairman Bill Watson said the order could be amended by lowering the threshold that needs to be met for the turbine to be shut down or by extending the hours when it must be shut down.
26 Jun 2015

Scituate turbine passes fourth state noise test

Monitoring was done at three locations on Gilson Road and at one each on Moreland Road and the Driftway with the turbine running and shut off. The maximum increase recorded in one of the four tests was nine decibels. The turbine would have been in violation at 10 decibels or above.
25 Jun 2015

Air Force turbine offline for repairs

The Air Force first shut down the 389-foot-tall turbine, manufactured by Fuhrlander, in May of 2014 after there was an indication the gearbox was failing, Forbes said. Metal flakes were found in some oil, she said. ...It took time to get the funds approved for a new gearbox and a contract to hire a company to do the work. The project cost is $600,000, Forbes said.
23 Jun 2015

Board of Health waits to decide any further Independence turbine restrictions

It’s looking more likely that the Board of Health will have a vote in July or August to decide whether to place further restrictions on operation of the the Independence wind turbine. The board may vote to amend an abatement order approved last fall restricting the hours of operation under certain wind conditions when the turbine is deemed to be out of compliance with state noise regulations.
20 Jun 2015

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