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PMLD appeals to governor about utility costs, turbine issues

Princeton Municipal Light Department manager Brian Allen has written to Governor Deval Patrick, noting that the failed wind turbine project has contributed significantly to the town's high utility costs. He is seeking financial support from the state. ...PMLD is a municipal utility with a $3 million budget and the turbine cost was approximately $1.2 million of that budget in 2012. "The utility does not have the ability to sustain itself with those types of losses."
6 Jun 2013

Critique of the MA DEP “Wind Turbine Health Impact Study, Report of Independent Expert Panel,” January 2012

Raymond_hartman_statement_ri_june_5_2013_thumb Dr. Ray Hartman prepared this detailed critical review of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) “Wind Turbine Health Impact Study, Report of Independent Expert Panel,” released January 2012. Dr. Hartman demonstrates the fallacy of using the findings of the DEP study to justify wind turbine siting. An excerpt of Dr. Hartman's report is provided below. The full critique can be found by clicking on the link(s) at the bottom of this page.
5 Jun 2013

Are Mary O'Donnell's Kingston turbines in compliance?

"The evidence that the O'Donnell turbines are operating outside the boundaries of the DEP noise regulation is incontrovertible, and the effects are devastating," he writes. "Residents are being forced to abandon their homes during periods of high wind speeds. Others, with no alternative, simply hunker down and try to survive day-to-day with a debilitating lack of sleep."
31 May 2013

Hanover wind turbine close to operational

After the turbine was constructed and officially ready to test, it saw several months of delays because of multiple problems cropping up. ...Diniak said part of the problem is that when something goes wrong, it is often a problem that can only be fixed by going up to the top of the turbine.
29 May 2013

Turbines complicate sales of abutting homes

Realtor Susan Whitehead said she has been trying to sell a property on Weeden Road for two years. That property was put on the market for reasons unrelated to the turbines, but Whitehead said buyers ask about the machines, which are visible across Little Bay, "100 percent of the time." "They ask about the noise, they ask about the flicker, and then they don't put in an offer," she said.
25 May 2013

Kingston Independence operators refuse to cooperate, challenge methodology

In an abrupt about face late last week, the Independence turbine owners at Kingston Wind Independence are refusing to participate a long-awaited acoustic monitoring study. The Board of Selectmen and Board of Health are sending a letter to the state Department of Environmental Protection this week asking that officials step in and provide assistance to the town.
25 May 2013

Kingston resident claims independent testing of O'Donnell turbines proves non-compliance

"The evidence that the O'Donnell turbines are operating outside the boundaries of the DEP noise regulation is incontrovertible, and the effects are devastating," he writes. "Residents are being forced to abandon their homes during periods of high wind speeds. Others, with no alternative, simply hunker down and try to survive day-to-day with a debilitating lack of sleep."
25 May 2013

State finds Fairhaven turbines in violation of noise regulations

DEP Deputy Commissioner Martin Suuberg told the Board of Health that noise from the turbines exceeded state regulations in five of the 24 periods during which the DEP conducted testing. ...many in the audience began shouting for Board of Health Chairman Peter DeTerra to make a motion to shut down the wind turbines until Fairhaven Wind presented the board with a mitigation plan.
22 May 2013

Turbines to stay in Falmouth

Forty-one percent of registered voters - 9,873 out of 24,158 - turned out to cast ballots on 18 questions, including Question 2, which would have authorized the decommissioning, dismantling and removal of the turbines. ...The selectmen, who support removing the turbines, will now have to find another way to deal with the ongoing dispute.
22 May 2013

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Massachusetts&p=35
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