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The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved health officials’ request to seek legal action to stop the construction of four wind turbines just over the town line in South Plymouth because of the potential adverse effects on Bourne residents’ health.
Emotion drove comments at a Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on an appeal by wind turbine neighbors on Thursday evening. As with the first, the second meeting addressing appeals of the building commissioner’s lack of enforcement against the Wind 2 turbine drew a full audience. ...Mr. Senie said that the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision relating to special permitting for Wind 1 applied equally to the second turbine. ...the town could have requested a different determination for Wind 2 ...but no such request was made.
The Massachusetts Clean Water Trust notified town manager Julian M. Suso Tuesday that the entirety of the town’s loan on Wind 2 is still outstanding, and the town will have to pay interest as well as the principal, if it ceases operation of Wind 2.
Companies designing projects to bring clean electricity to southern New England say they’re grateful Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island have finally made a request for proposals to carry that power to the region. But meeting the region’s longer-term goal of expanding the use of renewable electricity from wind, solar and hydroelectricity will require more transmission capacity than the states requested, said Edward Krapels, the CEO of Anbaric Transmission, which is proposing one project in Maine and another Vermont.
A Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on the town's application for a special permit to run one of its twin wind turbines has been continued to Dec. 10.
The Future Generation wind turbine project at cranberry grower Keith Mann’s Head of the Bay tract in South Plymouth may be hauled into superior court, likely in Barnstable. The Bourne Board of Health is asking selectmen to authorize Town Counsel Robert S. Troy to request a court injunction -- expressly to halt wind-farm construction.
Of the $915,000 total, $350,000 was appropriated for the special counsel budget and the rest was designated for service rubbish contractors, recycling services and short-term notes. With seven wind turbine lawsuits pending, Town Counsel Frank Duffy said the current budget would “not get us through the end of the year.”
Six months ago, few New Englanders had heard of DONG Energy. But that is likely to change soon as the Danish company with a quirky acronym for a name pursues its plans to build a massive offshore wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard.
Offshore wind industry leaders, environmental advocates and several state legislators gathered Thursday in a Statehouse hearing room to make their case for the inclusion of offshore wind in state energy legislation.
The bulk of the comments early Monday were against the turbines, including sharp comments from former Selectman Brent Putnam. He was on the board during several key turbine-related decisions and said, in retrospect, the board got faulty legal advice about their installation. "There comes a time where you really have to cut your losses," he said.
Falmouth Selectmen approved a recommendation from the planning board to indefinitely postpone the vote on Article 3 during Special Town Meeting Tuesday night.
The Board of Selectmen will recommend at tonight's special town meeting that a controversial attempt to declare the town's twin wind turbines exempt from zoning laws should be sent back to the Planning Board for more discussion.
A major European energy company is proposing what could be North America’s largest offshore wind farm 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, outlining its plans less than a year after the proposed Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound suffered a stunning financial setback.
The Falmouth Board of Selectmen will support a recommendation from the planning board to indefinitely postpone an article seeking to allow the town's two wind turbines to operate in exemption of the town's existing turbine bylaw when it goes to Special Town Meeting floor Tuesday night, November 10.
Washington -- Aggressive energy efficiency efforts and new distributed generation capacity -- virtually all of it in the form of solar projects -- are combining to put a lid on growth in peak demand and electric use in New England, ISO New England said in its newly released 2015 Regional System Plan.
Wind turbines will be the focus of another town meeting next week, with voters being asked to approve a sure-to-be controversial attempt to retroactively approve zoning for the twin turbines at the town's wastewater treatment facility.
A hearing on the Town of Falmouth’s application for a special permit to continue operating one of its two wind turbines, located on Blacksmith Shop Road, opened at a zoning board meeting on Thursday, October 29.
We have turbines that lose money and a burgeoning legal budget that self-perpetuates with ongoing litigation that includes the town suing itself and its citizens. The town claims that it would, however, be too costly to simply stop the bleeding and dismantle the turbines. I have yet to see an official breakdown of these costs, and since the town still refuses to embrace transparency and actually post a copy of the town’s budget on its website, it is impossible to assess and understand any financial impacts.
If approved, the amendment would allow town government the “special treatment” of exempting itself from its own bylaws, Ms. Kerfoot said. She and Mr. Brown agreed that the town should not be allowed that type of treatment. Mr. Herbst made a motion to recommend indefinite postponement on the article. The vote passed unanimously.
The president of Cape Wind developer Energy Management Inc. has not given up on the controversial wind farm project in Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind suffered what many saw as a death blow in January when Gordon and his team missed a crucial financing deadline and lost major contracts from utilities Eversource Energy and National Grid as a result, making it nearly impossible to attract the investment needed to start construction