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Karen Gibides worries about what the turbines could mean for her family and her property. She tried to put her home on the market before they were built, but her realtor recommended a listing price about 20 percent less than the assessed value, she said. The possible health risks, which originally concerned the Bourne Board of Health and prompted them to ask Future Generation Wind to apply for a variance, also concern Gibides.
The Board of Health wants to be notified immediately by the turbine operators when there is going to be any testing or start-up of the turbine so that the board has advance noticed. A letter will be sent to KWI with this request. The board usually receives daily compliance notifications.
Ratepayers lack any kind of control or say over how the compact or the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative use ratepayer money, Hunt said. The compact had previously provided the majority of support for the cooperative, which was formed in 2007 to pursue renewable energy projects for its members, but has now stopped doing so.
There was little dissent at the Wednesday night, May 4, candidates’ forum, with the exception of differing views on the protracted debacle of the municipal wind turbines.
Associated Industries of Massachusetts issued a statement saying that electric ratepayers will still be on the hook for billions of dollars over a 10-year period to cover the cost of these incentives. John Regan, a lobbyist for the group, wrote a letter to lawmakers saying that the bill is “poorly conceived, it will not lower costs and will not put the commonwealth on a path to a sustainable future.”
The decision means Cape Wind will either have to challenge the board’s ruling in court or start from scratch in seeking regulatory approval for the transmission line, both of which would be time-consuming. Cape Wind officials got up and left the meeting before its formal conclusion.
In its request for an extension of the transmission line approval, Cape Wind said none of the circumstances that led to the original approval has changed. The company said “it is quite feasible” it may be able to begin construction of the wind farm by the extension date of May 1, 2017, but conceded that if there are further delays it may need more extensions.
Maine was originally part of Massachusetts, and we act like we are still, but I would admonish Maine residents to rise up and show the wind developers the door. Let them try constructing these useless monstrosities in the Berkshires and see how far they get. I have yet to delineate the total crony corruption that has enabled this industrial wind disaster but here are a few nuggets to chew on.
The turbines at the town's wastewater treatment facility on Blacksmith Shop Road have been a source of controversy since they were installed. Neighbors have complained about health effects from their operation and have used a number of avenues to try to shut them down, while the town has warned of dire financial consequences should either device be deactivated.
up the more than 200 foot tall turbine went out of business before it failed. Councilman Joseph Robicheau says the writing was on the wall.
“If they are going to cause issues with noise or flicker or some other type of issue that may impact the residents of the town of Bourne then the board of health would actually have jurisdiction, we believe, over trying to control that issue,” said Stephen Mealy, chairman of the Bourne Board of Selectmen.
For the better part of four decades Bourne Town Counsel Robert Troy has had a direct hand in guiding Bourne’s legal affairs and he is not known for tilting at windmills. Now Troy is inching forward with a board of health request that he seek a civil injunction in Barnstable Superior Court to stop construction of the controversial Future Generation Wind turbines in Head of the Bay at South Plymouth.
Members of the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals came to a consensus on Monday, November 30, to deny appeals relating to Wind 2, one of two town-owned wind turbines on Blacksmith Shop Road. The board will discuss a draft decision and possibly vote on the matter at its meeting next Thursday, December 10.
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.
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.
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.
“This has been a long and, at times, frustrating journey, but we believe that the route we have taken to work with the surety company has produced the best financial and operational result for the taxpayers in town,” Clarkson said. The turbine cost taxpayers $750,000 to install, and was meant to save the town $50,000 a year on energy costs. As of August, the turbine has saved the town $9,008 since it first went online 2013.
A day after the Falmouth Board of Selectmen voted in a closed-door session on Monday to shut down Wind 1, one of the town's two wind turbines, while it fights a cease-and-desist order against the device's operation, the board on Tuesday voted to place three warrant articles before the planned Nov. 10 special town meeting. One of the articles would exempt the turbine from zoning requirements retroactively, paving the way for it to be turned back on.
Under its court-ordered current half-time operating schedule, the two municipal wind turbines are not generating enough green energy to pay for themselves. And if they are ordered to be shut down, it would mean be a huge financial loss to the town, said Douglas H. Jones, chairman of the board of selectmen. “At this point, I have no idea how we would cover the financial loss. We don’t have the money to cover it."
The Future Generation Wind project will be fully constructed in Plymouth, but because of the size of its parts, they'll be unable to be transported on highways, Bourne Board of Selectmen Chair Stephen Mealy said Thursday. The project would require about 24 oversized trucks to carry parts as large as 170 feet long, over 15 feet wide and almost 16 feet tall. ...About 80 feet of guardrail on Head of the Bay Road would need to be removed, Mealy said, so the trucks can navigate the road to the entrance of the farm in Buzzards Bay.