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DPU oks new fees on solar, wind installations

“The department concedes that customers taking net metering services directly receive the benefits of the net metering system,” the DPU said in its ruling. “The costs of net metering, however, are borne by all electric customers, whether or not they receive net metering credits. Consequently, there is a transfer of costs rooted in the net metering system.”
9 Jan 2018

Barnstable wary of proposed Vineyard Wind project

Toxic transformer fluids could pollute drinking water if leaks occur at a substation where an offshore wind energy developer plans to connect to the region’s electric grid, according to an attorney for the town of Barnstable. “We haven’t seen the plans,” Charles McLaughlin said of Vineyard Wind’s plan to connect an underground transmission cable to an Eversource substation in Independence Park.
26 Dec 2017

Falmouth official orders plan to dismantle wind turbine

367675188-letter-from-falmouth-building-commissioner-about-turbines_thumb Town officials will be given until May 31, 2018, to produce a plan for dismantling and removing the mammoth Wind 1 turbine that stands on the wastewater treatment plant property. Building Commissioner Rod Palmer responded in writing Tuesday to a request for enforcement of the local wind energy systems bylaw, submitted to him recently by Fire Tower Road resident Mark Cool.
21 Dec 2017

Offshore wind: Start big or small? Three firms vying for contract offer different approaches

The three firms vying to build the first major offshore wind farm in the United States filed their proposals on Wednesday with Massachusetts officials. Each of the firms kept their pricing a secret, so they publicly tried to differentiate their projects based on size, transmission approaches, construction timetables, and partnerships.
20 Dec 2017

Nonprofit group pushes to keep Falmouth turbines spinning

The Green Center plans to ask the Massachusetts Appeals Court to review the a judge’s decision to keep Falmouth’s two wind turbines permanently shut down. FALMOUTH — As host to five different scientific institutions, Falmouth should be leading the battle against climate change rather than abandoning a significant green initiative like the town-owned wind turbines, according to George Woodwell, a Woods Hole scientist and member of The Green Center.
19 Dec 2017

Ambrose: Courts Uphold Wind Turbine Noise Limits

Letter_to_wind_action_group_-_8dec2017_thumb This important letter by acoustician Stephen Ambrose explains how two separate court decisions, one in Massachusetts and the other in Michigan, together provide clarity on what the minimum protective noise limits should be when siting industrial wind energy facilities. Mr. Ambrose's letter includes links to the two decisions as well as supporting background information. The content of the letter is shown below. The original can be downloaded from this page.
8 Dec 2017

Cape Wind gives up its federal lease

“Cape Wind has confirmed to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that it has ceased development of its proposed offshore wind farm project in Nantucket Sound and has filed to terminate its offshore wind development lease that was issued in 2010,” according to a statement emailed to the Times by Cape Wind vice president Dennis Duffy.
1 Dec 2017

Cape Wind fight spins on

Opponents of the stalled Cape Wind project have appealed a federal agency’s decision to allow the offshore wind energy developer to maintain its long-term federal lease in Nantucket Sound, where the company had planned to build 130 wind turbines.
29 Nov 2017

Judge blocks intervention in Falmouth turbine case

Atty_duffy__senie_ltr_w_attachments_10-18-17_thumb Judge Cornelius Moriarty has denied a motion to intervene in the case filed recently by the Green Center, a nonprofit educational institute in Hatchville that supports ecological projects, and a group of Falmouth residents. They were looking for the judge to alter his ruling and come up with a more moderate solution to the problem. The motion filed by the Green Center and denied by Judge Moriarty can be accessed by clicking the document icon on this page.
23 Nov 2017

ISO New England Issues Power System Plan for New England

New England currently has 1,300 MW of installed wind facilities, and about 5,400 MW more have been proposed as of April 2017. Most of the wind projects constructed or under consideration are in remote areas of the region where the wind conditions are good, but where the transmission network was built to serve low levels of area load and is currently at its performance limit. 
3 Nov 2017

http://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Massachusetts&p=5
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