Articles from Massachusetts

Delivering wind turbine parts through Bourne is complicated

The proposed delivery of turbine parts has become a high-profile issue for selectmen and was the subject of a special code-enforcement meeting among town inspectors last week. Selectmen at this point do not want to be portrayed as opposed to alternative-energy efforts or local business in general, but members are trying to protect local interests as they relate to infrastructure impacts and early-morning Buzzards Bay motoring disruption.
24 Sep 2015

Falmouth selectmen weigh special town meeting on turbine ruling

The town's wind turbine zoning bylaw was last amended in 2013 when town meeting approved a revision that prohibits turbines with a capacity of more than 250 kilowatts anywhere in town. Both Wind 1 and Wind 2 have capacities of 1.65 megawatts, more than six times what’s permitted by the newer restrictions. The bylaw also limits to 6 decibels the allowable noise levels audible to neighbors from the machines.
23 Sep 2015

Cease-and-desist order issued against Falmouth turbine; Town has 20 days to appeal; enforcement not immediate

Falmouth_zba_findings_thumb The order and accompanying decision, filed this morning with Town Clerk Michael Palmer, makes official a 4-1 vote taken Thursday to overrule Zoning Enforcement Officer Eladio Gore's decision not to shut down the turbine in the wake of a Massachusetts Court of Appeals ruling that the device was constructed without proper zoning approval. The town is seeking a special permit from the ZBA for the turbine, and neighbors of the turbine wanted it shut off in the interim. The findings of the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals and the official Cease and Desist order to curtail WIND 1 can be downloaded from this page.
23 Sep 2015

Final Kingston Independence wind turbine report is released

In a letter to the Board of Health Thursday,the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, said that while a public comment process did not lead to changes in the draft report’s findings, “the process did identify a number of areas where the study methodology could be presented more clearly.” The Board of Health has been waiting for the release of the final report and review by town counsel to schedule a public hearing to discuss further mitigation measures."
11 Sep 2015

$113m New Bedford marine terminal sits largely idle

The Baker administration inherited the project from Patrick, who prioritized it as a way to create clean energy jobs while providing a boost to a city in need of some economic help. “It was a very big gamble,” said Beaton, whose role in the administration requires him to serve as chairman of the clean energy center’s board. “Unfortunately, the dice didn’t roll our way on this one.”
31 Aug 2015

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

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