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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

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
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