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KINGSTON - Kingston Wind Independence LLC, the owner of the Independence wind turbine, accuses local residents of making "false, baseless and inflammatory statements" in the media while also saying the company's legal department is "keeping tabs" on public statements they make to protect the company's reputation.
After years of complaints about noise and health effects, on May 21, 2013 residents of Falmouth, MA will vote on whether or not to tear down both of the town's wind turbines.
Opposition is growing and, in turn, putting pressure on turbine owners, public and private, to defend their investments. In March, Doreen Reilly, who lives about 1,000 feet from the turbine, told Fox 25 Boston that staying in her home with the noise and strobe effects was "torture."
Realtor Nadine Krasnow of Falmouth Fine Properties said she has no doubt that the turbines have affected property values ..."In my opinion, it's had a noticeably chilling affect and it has definitely become more difficult to sell houses there; and the reason is, if people have other choices, which they do, why are they going to buy in a place where value has gone down and it's unclear what will happen in the future?"
The town’s 28-page wind turbine ordinance is very specific and has very strict sound levels that are even lower than those set by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, and Horton agreed with the Beckfords “that the low frequency levels exceeded the [Clifton Land Use Ordinance] limits.”
A group of residents have complained that the noise and shadow flicker from the turbine, erected last year, are hurting their health. At the behest of the town's board of health, Scituate Wind hired Tech Environmental to see if the turbine complies with state noise standards.
The zoning board of appeals declared two town-owned wind turbines a nuisance in a 4-1 vote Thursday night. The decision overturned Building Commissioner Eladio Gore's determination that noise from the turbines did not constitute a nuisance. Turbine abutter Neil Andersen, of 211 Blacksmith Shop Road, appealed that decision in November, and the board closed that hearing last week.
In the second half of a four-hour annual town meeting, residents unanimously approved a one-year extension of the town's wind-turbine moratorium and bought the Highway Department a new, used pick-up truck and a reversible, power-angled snow plow.
For some projects, the town bylaws require surety bonds - money set aside to cover any cost to the town in the event a developer doesn't finish a project or, in this case, if a wind turbine needs to be decommissioned. ...But Camelot Wind, the company that owns the Camelot Park turbine, says no insurance company will sign off on such a lengthy bond.
The Board of Health has been discussing creating shadow flicker regulations and may hire an engineer with knowledge of flicker effect to analyze the flicker study report. The question, was there ever a shadow flicker study done before the Independence was installed, has been a point of contention at public meetings as recently as last week. Town Planner Tom Bott, for one, has come under fire by Leland Road residents Doreen and Sean Reilly, among others.
Neil P. Andersen of Blacksmith Shop Road filed the appeal in November, asking the zoning board to overturn Building Commissioner Eladio R. Gore's ruling that Wind 1 did not present a nuisance by virtue of excessive noise-a ruling issued in response to a complaint by Mr. Andersen.
Town Meeting would have to approve the spending of $8.3 million, which includes $4.9 million borrowed to construct Wind 2, $2 million to pay back the renewable energy credits, and $1.4 million to remove both turbines. That is the same amount Town Meeting failed to authorize earlier this month by six votes shy of a two-thirds majority. "I'm guardedly optimistic" that the ballot question will pass, Mr. Suso said.
With selectmen preparing to throw their support behind the ballot question asking voters if they support the estimated $14 million cost of removing Wind 1 and Wind 2, a concern was raised at their meeting last week that the Falmouth Energy Committee could be actively working against them.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Huge wind turbines are dotting the landscape in New York and Massachusetts, producing megawatts of green energy. So why would people living near these giant windmills want them out?
You'll meet people from New York and Massachusetts, living just 120 miles apart, but claiming to have similar health issues they attribute to giant wind turbines in their backyards. "It sounds just like a prop jet outside the house," says Keith Dillenbeck, a dairy farmer in Herkimer County.
All five wind turbines in Kingston - the Independence, Mary O'Donnell's three turbines and the T's turbine - will be part of a shadow flicker study coordinated by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Monday night, the Board of Health informed residents and others at a meeting for discussion of possible new shadow flicker regulations that the study would start this week. A report from the contractor CEC chooses to conduct the study would be completed by June 10.
The complaints eventually reached the state level, prompting DEP sound tests. Eventually, both wind turbines were shut down at nighttime. ..."There is no energy technology out there of any real consequence that doesn't have environmental and social impacts that need to be carefully studied and addressed. Just by using a renewable fuel, does not eliminate that responsibility, that challenge."
Up until now, Diniak said, the turbine has had issues with a part on the tip of the blade called a "tip break." The tip break causes drag to slow the turbine down ...Now, he said, the oil's overheating is the main focus.
The nineteen turbine Hoosac wind facility (28.5 megawatts) owned and operated by Iberdrola Renewables makes its presence known to a community in the harshest way -- through noise emissions and strobing shadows. Duration: 8 seconds
Unbiased inquiry into the facts of Cape Wind do not support any value to the project other than its profit to Mr. Gordon. Perhaps the most serious false claim in behalf of Cape Wind is that it will bring jobs to Massachusetts. New Bedford is the unfortunate setting for this claim.