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Given the high cost of Cape Wind, several banks will need to be lined up, Zaelke said, adding that the process could take between 30 and 90 days from when the lead bank is named. Cape Wind officials have said they hope to begin construction this year, which is necessary for the company to benefit from the federal production tax credit that expires Dec. 31.
Wind developers play down the issue of ice throw until the plant is operating. After that, even hardhats are not enough to protect persons or property from flying chunks.
As I reported in Saturday's paper, New England is experiencing a remarkable spike in electricity prices brought on by high heating demand and rising natural gas prices for electric generators.
Although Town Meeting has voted to approve and finance the turbine project, officials now have to decide whether to proceed with construction. "Now we have some empirical data to go through to see if there is any way to make that wind turbine project work on those limited hours," said Thomas Hurley, chairman of Milton's Board of Selectmen. "Is it worth it?"
Several longtime residents complain of headaches and dramatic reductions in quality of life. "My quiet, peaceful, serene world and home has been turned into a reality of grief, unending noise, annoyance and constant dealing with those in charge to help us," said Michael Fairneny of Florida.
O'Donnell's Marion Drive wind turbines have been out of operation since the night of February 8, when Winter Storm Nemo brought heavy snow and tropical storm-force winds to Kingston. ..."They can't perform in very high winds."
The underlying issue in New England is that gas pipeline capacity is inadequate to keep prices steady in times of high home heating demand, said Vamsi Chadalavada, executive vice president and chief operating officer of ISO New England. ISO is leading a study focused mainly on reliability, but reliability is intertwined with price, he said.
Barton said that in order for Cape Wind to be eligible for the federal tax credit, it must "commence construction" before the end of the year, but the federal government has not yet clarified what exactly commencing construction means. ...Cape Wind may have to place the monopilings, or foundations, of at least some of the project's 130-turbines before the Jan. 1 deadline.
East Road residents living below Hoosac Wind Power have asked the Selectmen for help in gaining more information about liquid tested at the site. Lawrence Lorusso of 600 East Road found what he called a "suspicious fluid" below No. 10 turbine, about mile behind his home, on Christmas Day.
"Wind energy has so much potential, and the completion of this project will be a big step forward in reducing our reliance on volatile, foreign fossil fuels," boasted Gov. Patrick this past December upon the completion of the Hoosac turbines. If wind energy does indeed have such potential, it should not be reliant upon the government for its business. Until wind energy, or any new source of energy, can exist without government intervention, it is obviously not suitable for popular consumption.
The couple said they withdrew the lawsuit in response to a judge's order, but they reserve the right to re-file the claim pending a final decision on the turbine from the health board. Last month, the board ordered a limited noise study of the 390-foot-tall turbine.
Berne says he is deaf, but still is affected by the sound. “It reverberates from Spruce Hill (behind the house) to the front of the house.” He said the windmill is about 2,000 feet from his home. He said his grandchildren, ages 11 and 12, have had trouble sleeping and have been bothered by the “pulsating” red aviation warning lights — an effect caused by the wind turbine blades passing in front of the red lights.
The concerns of a nearby resident led to four sampling tests being taken recently from a seepage near one of the Hoosac Wind Farm's turbines. The consensus says a four-foot long, one-inch deep pool of a suspicious-looking liquid is benign -- made up of groundwater, sediment and organic materials.
Berne said the amplitude of the noise depends on the strength of the wind and its direction The wildlife has disappeared around his home, he said, and the humming and strobe-light effect of the blades wakes his grandchildren. ..."You just can't get away from them, they're constantly going," said Rosalyn Mullette, 75. "We're concerned about the future and being able to stay in this home."
Unhappy residents close to the Hoosac Wind Project located in Florida and Monroe, Mass. will hold a press conference Tuesday to discuss what they describe as a "disturbing and unbearable turbine noise" in and around neighboring homes.
The DEP only has a policy on sound pressures, Senie said, not regulations. He agreed with Leland Road resident Sean Reilly that there was no real flicker study done for the Independence turbine. He said there was one for the O'Donnell turbines, but the study was based on smaller turbines.
The state will look into drafting separate noise regulations for wind turbines, Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Martin Suuberg said Thursday. ...Suuberg said he had no details on the regulations yet but that "There is a different quality of noise generated by turbines."
"I am satisfied by a fair preponderance of the evidence that the operation of the wind turbine would present a significant distraction to the play of golf." Judge Doerfer ordered a specific schedule protecting golf-play hours and limiting turbine operation to hours of darkness from April 1 through Nov. 15. His order allows turbine operation 24-hours a day from Nov. 16 through March 31.
Gov. Jay Inslee is trying to lure a struggling Massachusetts wind-power company to Washington state. In one of his first initiatives as governor, Inslee sent a handwritten note and spoke by phone with the chief executive of AMSC, a Devens, Mass.-based firm.
The legality of Kingston's wind turbines stands in question today as KingstonJounral.com uncovers evidence to suggest that all four of Kingston's industrial-sized wind turbines may be out of compliance with existing town bylaws.