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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

Falmouth to receive turbine funding relief

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) agreed to give Falmouth $500,000 toward turbine maintenance and to absolve the town from a commitment to deliver over 3,000 in renewable energy certificates (RECs) stipulated in a 2009 agreement. The town was obligated to begin payment on a $1 million advance from the CEC in the form of RECs starting this week. 
1 Apr 2015

At Worcester Walmart, it's gone with the wind turbines

A wind power experiment has come to an end at Walmart. The Arkansas-based operator of discount retail stores removed turbines from the parking lot of its Worcester supercenter in the last week and will now evaluate what it learned there and at two other U.S. sites, a spokeswoman for the company said.
22 Mar 2015

Troy’s Take: Falmouth’s Stinkin’ Lincoln

What began as a well-conceived effort to be sustainable and fiscally responsible has become one of the most contentious and divisive issues in the town’s history. After the turbines were constructed, the town worked to gather public input. Had that commitment to inclusion been present before decisions were made to purchase and erect the turbines, some of the town’s darkest days may have been avoided. ...In January 2010, I called the construction of Wind I “the best of Falmouth” for 2009, noting that it was, “…one of the most significant achievements in the last decade locally.” I readily admit today that I was wrong. Why can’t the town?
20 Mar 2015

Cape Wind proponents take to Common, vow to continue fight

National Grid has given no indication that a contract is still under consideration. “Cape Wind had an opportunity to extend the contract, which, for whatever reason, they declined to do,” the utility said in a statement. “Any new contract, could one be negotiated, would require an extensive and lengthy review by the Department of Public Utilities.”
1 Mar 2015

Our toxic relationship with wind power

Meanwhile, in the United States, the massive windmills gobble up valuable habitat, as do the roads needed to access them. These eyesores ruin otherwise picturesque landscapes, and are built with little regard for the migratory paths of protected wildlife. The deadly blades can reach speeds up to 170 mph, often chopping birds into pieces. Most recent data estimates that 600,000 birds and hundreds of thousands of bats fall prey to this “green” technology every year.
28 Feb 2015

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Massachusetts&p=4&topic=General
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