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If turbine owners are required to install strobe control systems, the arbitrary guideline of 30 hours per year will no longer be relevant, Thompson said. “Mandating the owners to install the technology would take the guesswork out and shut off the turbine until the conditions no longer exists.”
he Green Energy Committee wants to hire a different consultant to conduct a new flicker study of the Independence wind turbine. In his presentation to the Planning Board Monday night, Mark Beaton said the study conducted by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center for the town is flawed and should not be replied upon for factual information.
Board of Health Chairman Joe Casna said the board needs to follow the advice of town counsel and carefully approach regulating turbines, in this case for flicker, using science, or risk a lawsuit. He said the town would then have a basis for negotiating mitigating measures. ...When Board of Health member Toni Cushman asked about the possibility of seeking relief for the residents, Casna said the wind turbine operators show no desire to take action.
Leland Road resident Dan Alves said flicker is more than a nuisance; it's a clear health hazard. He also pressed for the Planning Board to limit flicker to zero hours. A new flicker study estimates flicker impacts his home 140 hours a year under the worst-case scenario. "It will give you a headache; it will make you nauseous," he said.
The Board of Health intends to develop its own flicker regulations pertaining to health impacts. Board members plan to hire an independent engineer to review any studies of the local turbines. The health agent will reach out to six companies about setting up interviews.
A more in-depth shadow flicker analysis may be required before the Board of Health is convinced that it should order a reduction in the hours of operation of Kingston's five wind turbines. Board of Health members are asking the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, the agency that commissioned the flicker study, to prepare a proposal for conducting a limited, more in-depth study.
In the email, Ruiz responds to a Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (CEC) flicker study which found that some residences in Kingston receive over 80 hours of shadow flicker annually. "Mark [Beaton] and Pine [duBois] please spread the word [the CEC's flicker study] is largely nonsense," Ruiz writes in the scathing email.
The results of the analysis come as no surprise to residents who have documented the flicker effect in their homes ...They have said all along the estimated 30 hours of flicker a year that was anticipated was grossly inadequate. ...188 properties are expected to receive greater than 10 flicker hours per year; 54 are expected to receive greater than 30 flicker hours per year.
Of these 808, according to the results, 188 are expected to realistically receive greater than 10 flicker hours per year and 54 are expected to realistically receive greater than 30 flicker hours per year.
All five wind turbines in Kingston - the Independence, Mary O'Donnell's three turbines and the T's turbine - will be part of a shadow flicker study coordinated by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. Monday night, the Board of Health informed residents and others at a meeting for discussion of possible new shadow flicker regulations that the study would start this week. A report from the contractor CEC chooses to conduct the study would be completed by June 10.
The nineteen turbine Hoosac wind facility (28.5 megawatts) owned and operated by Iberdrola Renewables makes its presence known to a community in the harshest way -- through noise emissions and strobing shadows. Duration: 8 seconds
Burbine, 64, a small-business owner, said the residents who live near the turbine, which is off the Driftway, need relief. ..."You can't help but feel empathy, and (I'm) so sad for those people that are dealing with all of this without any real recourse," Burbine said."If we've got to spend a little bit of money, risk-wise, to say, ‘OK, let's turn it off from 7 p.m. at least until first thing in the morning,' we might risk $100,000," Gilmore said. "What's $100,000 (if we're protecting residents)?"
Dan Alves calls the shadows thrown by the rotating blades a "nightmare" he deals with about 16 weeks a year when the sun sets behind the turbine. "It's an invasion of my property," he said from the deck outside his back door. Alves said he particularly worries about his son, a ninth-grader who was diagnosed with epilepsy as a young child. ...At the request of town officials, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center recently agreed to examine the issue.
This lawsuit filed against Consumers Energy Company, owner of the Lake Winds Energy Park consisting of fifty-six Vestas V100 1.8 megawatt turbines with a total installed capacity of 100.8 megawatts. An excerpt of the complaint is provided below. The full complaint can be accessed by clicking on the links at the bottom of this page.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has agreed to commission a shadow flicker study of Kingston's wind turbines. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center spokesman Catherine Williams confirmed there will be a study.
Dan Alves, a resident of Leland Road, refuses to allow his epileptic son to stay in his bedroom when the KWI Turbine’s shadow flicker penetrates into his house. “That’s pretty much the rule,” Alves told the Journal on Friday afternoon. “We don’t want him in his room but we’re not always home so we can’t control it.” Duration: 4 minutes 56 seconds
Middle-school student Brian Reilly says he can't play basketball on Leland Road when the strobing effect from the Kingston Wind Independence (KWI) Turbine's shadow flicker is at full throttle. "I get a wicked bad headache so I have to go inside," Brian told the Journal as he stood on the front steps of his neighbors house.
This week, Kingstonians within the shadow-flicker zone of the town's largest turbine might be one-step closer to enacting regulations on the strobing effect caused by the turbine's interaction with sunlight at certain times of day, both in the morning and the evening.
"The state put the carts before the horse when it came to assuring that there were proper protective measures and bylaws in place," said Joanne Levesque, of Wind Wise. "Now they're coming to find out that there are very serious adverse impacts to residents who live nearby."
Claims of ill-health effects stemming from the Kingston Wind Independence (KWI) Turbine were on full display this week during a Board of Health (BOH) meeting that turned into a series of emotional appeals and disturbing revelations.