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Bourne counsel sets guidelines in turbine case

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.
11 Dec 2015

Denial likely for wind 2 appeals

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.
4 Dec 2015

Hanover officials optimistic that wind turbine is ‘operating properly now’

“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.
30 Sep 2015

Falmouth selectmen seek approval to resume operation

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.
30 Sep 2015

Turbines could cost taxpayers up to $15 million if shut down

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."
26 Sep 2015

Bourne officials grapple with Plymouth turbine project

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. 
25 Sep 2015

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

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

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

Could utilities lose money on Bingham wind farm?

"Under the legislation, the Investor Owned Utilities (IOU) receive 2.75 percent remuneration for payments under the contracts, however this amount is expected to be less than the amount of legal expense incurred to obtain approval of the solicitation process, approval of the contracts and compliance with ongoing reporting and rate setting requirements." While that sounds like Unitil may be losing money, Unitil is not quite sure yet to expect. 
6 Jul 2015

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