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The low cost of power from the projects, which are being developed by First Wind, Iberdrola Renewables and Exergy Development Group, includes federal production tax credits that the companies have said they expect to qualify for before the credits expire at the end of the year, Sullivan said.
The agreements forecast further growth for the wind industry as the willingness of utilities to make long-term commitments makes it easier for developers to obtain financing for more wind farms. That, in turn, would probably lead to new conflicts in rural areas, where large-scale industrial wind farms are typically sited.
If the state doesn't bring financial aid to the table, the town's latest attempt to balance its finances, a desire for clean energy and the comfort of the turbines' neighbors could unravel. Falmouth wants the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to forgive a $1 million renewable energy certificate, and state agencies to convert a $4.8 million construction loan into a grant.
The process of constructing the 210-foot-tall turbine at the site of the town's water treatment plant off Route 53 has been beset by problems, which have set the town at odds with the company it hired to assemble the structure. ..."This is one of the most frustrating public construction projects I've been involved with in my 20 years."
Town counsel has suggested Kingston consider a moratorium on new wind turbines as the science of measuring sound evolves. Having spoken with counsel, Bouchard said he supports the idea of a moratorium, but for practical reasons, not based on emotion, because the board represents the whole town. "The moratorium would protect us until the science catches up," he said.
The results are in the hotly contested Board of Health race in Fairhaven. This was a rematch, after the race back in April ended in a tie. The town's controversial wind turbines were the big issue. Monday night it wasn't even close.
"Wind turbines carry uniquely disturbing low-frequency noises and over time, these noises cannot be tuned out, like white noise can. Wind turbine noise, in studies, has been shown to be the second-worst kind of noise, next to railroad shunting. Wind turbine noise ... doesn't allow a human being to relax."
Proponents of an ambitious solar project proposed for Dennis and Yarmouth schools are impatiently waiting for the Yarmouth Zoning Board of Appeals to formally file its Aug. 8 denial of the plan's special permit. Once the decision is on record with the town clerk, proponents can appeal it in court, if they choose.
The half-day operation also costs the town more to run the turbines than they generate in revenue, and has depleted the $1 million reserve fund built up by their earlier operation. As a result, Suso said, the town has no cushion to pay for an unexpected malfunction or mechanical problem that would take the turbines offline.
Following a presentation Monday night on the feasibility of placing a wind turbine on Prospect Hill, selectmen hinted that the final decision on whether to move forward with the project would not be made by them, but by a vote at town meeting or a referendum.
Advocates fear voices opposing wind projects from within the movement will derail efforts to slow climate change and establish renewable energy sources
A PAC can pool campaign contributions from members and use them to promote candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation. Mr. Pottel said the "slogan," Fairhaven Cares stemmed from one the issues involving the wind turbines, that it is important for public officials to care about the concerns of residents and listen to them.
The problem with the project is power lines were not equipped to carry away the excess electricity, which delayed the project for two years. But finally, this past spring, those huge blades started turning. ...Within weeks of beginning operations, one of the turbines was struck by lightning in May, and since then the windmills have been still.
A committee looking into the pros and cons of wind power continues to take a cautious approach before potentially taking a position on wind turbines in town.
The 2-1 vote accepted a proposal by turbine developer Fairhaven Wind LLC that would maintain round-the-clock operation of the turbines except in wind conditions when the state's Department of Environmental Protection found the turbines to exceed state noise regulations.
Tiverton residents need only look across the Mount Hope Bay to see a cautionary tale. The $1 million turbine owned by the town of Portsmouth, R.I., is broken and stalled and visible on the western horizon. "Those of us who have been around for a while have seen the saga of wind energy."
Mr. Dutch said he determined that the effort and expense of continually repairing the machine was not worth it, given that the machine was not functioning as a training aid and the small amount of electricity it generated. Further, Upper Cape Tech now is concentrating on teaching its students about solar power.
The agreement forgoes a pact with Future Generation Wind of Buzzards Bay, a wind-turbine operation planned by Head of the Bay cranberry grower Keith Mann. And there will be no alternative-energy diversification investment by the town. "My recommendation to selectmen was to go completely with solar," Guerino said.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has formed an advisory group to evaluate its noise policies as they pertain to wind turbines, but it will not consider the sound waves that neighbors of the Scituate turbine say cause headaches and nausea.
I read with astonishment Mark Beaton's letter in which he compared the efforts of Wind Wise Massachusetts to billionaire Bill Koch's opposition to Cape Wind. Actually, we're a few billion dollars short of his outrageous claim.