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Barnstable and Vineyard Wind officials have signed a host community agreement that includes $16 million in payments to the town in return for the offshore wind energy developer landing a high-voltage electric power transmission cable at William H. Covell Memorial Beach rather than via a disputed route through Lewis Bay in West Yarmouth. But a final decision on the transmission cable route, the landing location and other details is still to be determined.
Funfar’s lawyer James Rosenblum argued that Wind 2 is the same make and model as Wind 1, and neither was ever issued a special permit from the zoning board. The lack of a special permit had never been legally challenged in court for Wind 2, as it had for Wind 1, “but that doesn’t mean Wind 2 is a legal structure,” Rosenblum said. “The structure had a legal building permit but doesn’t have a legal special permit and never did,” he said.
Thousands of visitors and residents have signed a petition opposing an effort by offshore energy company Vineyard Wind to bring a high-wattage transmission cable through Lewis Bay and onshore in Yarmouth. ...A copy was given to Gov. Charlie Baker last week and to the Yarmouth selectmen at their meeting Tuesday, where Chairman Norman Holcomb told residents the board was open to hearing concerns.
The town that said yes to wind power, then no, can now say goodbye to Minuteman Wind. The developer said Monday it will not go to court to fight the town's decision to deny it a building permit.
On April 5, Building Inspector Phil Delorey rejected the company's application for authorization to begin work to erect five turbines on West Hill, near the Hawley line, on land owned by Harold "Butch" Malloy. Though the project won backing from residents in 2008, sentiment has swung fully against wind energy in Savoy. Residents late last year voided a bylaw allowing commercial wind projects.
The possibility of adding two turbines was anticipated, so when the original phase was built, access roads were built and pad sites cleared, so the only work will involve the transport and erection of the towers, minimizing environmental impact to the Brodie Mountain ridgeline.
CCE is a state program that encourages cities and towns to enable their residents to choose more renewable sources like water and wind for their electricity, if they want, while staying with the same electric company—Eversource in Boston....Blackmon said he is quite worried about that monetary element of the clean energy program.
Cape Wind has applied for a permit to dismantle its nearly 200-foot meteorological tower on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers confirmed last week. “The Corps is currently reviewing the permit application and anticipates a permit decision no later than mid-June 2018.”
"There is no option available to the town to consider any relocation of Wind 1 within the town of Falmouth," Mr. Suso wrote. "There are multiple options available to the town with regard to the the possible relocation of Wind 1 to a new site, either within, or alternatively, outside of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."
FALL RIVER — Bad blade pitch bearings could ruin your day.
“It’s true that the area where the turbines are have created habitat that attracts fish, which is good; but in the area where the cable lines extend to the mainland, it’s completely devoid of fish,” said Michael Pierdinock, chairman of the Massachusetts Recreational Alliance, which represents about 50,000 recreational fishermen. “These used to be fruitful fishing grounds.” The opposition of the fishing industry, a powerful interest group in New England, could prove a hindrance for developers of the proposed wind farms, which will be chosen next month.
That news brought dismay to opponents like Kathryn Sternstein of Hawley, who spoke against wind power in public meetings this past year. "We've all been waiting for something from them," she said of the developers. "It's terribly distressing that despite the real opposition from the people in Savoy, that they're going ahead with this."
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.
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.
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?