Articles from Massachusetts

Tribe Expecting Cape Wind Approval

The Vineyard's Wampanoag tribe is preparing to mount a legal challenge to the Cape Wind project. In a press release on Monday, the tribe announced it had retained counsel and gave as its reason the fact that the federal Interior Department had declined the tribe's latest request for a meeting.
13 Apr 2010

Open letter to the citizens and voters of the Town of Wellfleet from Selectman Beebe

On March 30, the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Wellfleet voted unanimously to suspend work on the proposed wind turbine project. It grieved me to make the decision and to have to disappoint so many people, especially those members of the Wellfleet Energy Committee (WEC) who gave literally years of their time, effort, and energy to this project. The vote has caused confusion and some controversy. I am writing to clarify why I chose to vote against the project.
13 Apr 2010

Nantucket Sound should be protected

We are in desperate times economically, but we must not allow ourselves to be pushed by fear into destructive measures just to satisfy what appear to be fashionable, so-called must-do projects. Remember, wind can only be a supplementary solution, and, on an industrial scale, would not be feasible without huge taxpayer subsidies.
12 Apr 2010

Cape Wind rejection recommended

A federal agency on historic preservation has recommended that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reject a proposed massive wind energy project in Nantucket Sound - an area that is sacred to the Wampanoag nations and qualifies for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. On April 2, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation issued a seven-page report of its findings and recommendation to deny permits to Cape Wind Associates to construct a wind energy plant.
12 Apr 2010

Cape Wind decision won't be last word

The nine-year battle over whether to build 130 wind turbines in the heart of Nantucket Sound is now in the hands of one man. But whether U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approves or rejects the plan by Cape Wind Associates LLC as expected this month, his decision will be far from the last word on the project.
10 Apr 2010

A tale of two realities: The wind energy myth

What hasn't received national attention is the stunning taxpayer subsidized profits the developer is expecting to reap from the project. A study by the Massachusetts based Beacon Hill Institute found that the proposed $1 billion dollars in subsidies from the project would contribute to a nearly 25% return on equity by investors - more than twice the average historical for return for all corporations. Add taxpayers to that list of groups opposed to the project.
8 Apr 2010

U.S. board stands by critical view of Cape Wind

The head of a federal panel tasked with analyzing Cape Wind is defending its work, after a state official said the group overstepped its authority. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation last week recommended that U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reject the offshore wind farm because the project's 130 turbines would have a "pervasive, destructive" effect on historic properties.
7 Apr 2010

Against the wind: some promising developments in New England

Over the past few days, there have been two unrelated but promising developments, both in New England, in the debate over wind power. The first was a finding by the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation that a wind project slated for construction in Massachusetts coastal waters would inflict "pervasive" and "destructive" harm on the seabed and on neighboring historic properties. The second was a decision by the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission prohibiting the purchase of power from eight wind turbines also to be situated in coastal waters.
6 Apr 2010

Opposition mounts against Cape Wind project

ACHP states, "The historic properties affected by the Project are significant, extensive, and closely interrelated. The Project will adversely affect 34 historic properties including 16 historic districts and 12 individually 2 significant historic properties on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket Island, and six properties of religious and cultural significance to tribes, including Nantucket Sound itself.
6 Apr 2010

Historic sites watchdog urges refusal for Cape Wind

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar should not grant permission to the Cape Wind Offshore wind project proposed for Nantucket Sound, off the coast of Massachusetts, a federal agency said on Friday. The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation published its formal advice to the Department of the Interior stating that in its opinion, Secretary Salazar should not approve the project.
5 Apr 2010

Blow dealt to Cape Wind project

Opponents of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm scored a key victory yesterday when a federal panel on historic preservation recommended that U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar kill the project. The recommendation from the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) is the final piece required in the review of Cape Wind's effects on historic properties, including sites considered sacred by Indian tribes on Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard.
3 Apr 2010

Council: Feds should dump Mass. wind farm project

A federal council recommended Friday that the secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior reject a proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound, saying it would have "destructive" effects on dozens of nearby historic properties. ...It also backed claims by two Wampanoag Indian tribes that Cape Wind would interfere with ancient rituals that require an unblocked view of the horizon and could disturb long-submerged tribal burial grounds.
2 Apr 2010

Federal advisory panel rules against Cape Wind

The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation today told U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to reject Cape Wind, the wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound. The state's top environmental official quickly criticized the ruling, saying the panel overstepped its authority, and the developer voiced disagreement. Opponents of the project called the decision a "great victory."
2 Apr 2010

Cape Wind foes hit plans to buy foreign turbines

Opponents of Cape Wind blasted the developers' plan to buy 130 wind turbines from a German company, Siemens Energy Inc., saying the heavily taxpayer-subsidized project should pick a U.S. company, if it is ever approved. "Why are we sending $500 million of our money, that is supposed to stimulate our economy, to Europe?"
1 Apr 2010

Wellfleet selectmen kill turbine plan

Five years of work to build a 400-foot-tall wind turbine on town-owned land overlooking White Crest Beach came to a crashing halt last night as selectmen voted unanimously to kill the project. "I embrace alternative energy and it grieves me to be supporting the end of this project," Selectman Jacqueline Wildes-Beebe said. "There is a lot of risk for too little gain."
31 Mar 2010

Cape Wind announces turbine purchase deal

The developer of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm announced a deal today to buy the project's 130 3.6 megawatt turbines from a German-based wind turbine manufacturer. ...The agreement comes as Cape Wind waits on approval for the project by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who had said he will decide by April whether to permit the wind farm.
31 Mar 2010

The Sound: A precious place

The project, which, if approved, would lead to the construction of 130 wind turbines, each 440 feet high, on Horseshoe Shoal, has been the subject of controversy for a decade on the Cape - and last week's meeting was no exception. At first, I felt paralyzed by what seemed to me the truly surreal nature of the endeavor. Here we all were, sitting in a big room on a rainy Cape afternoon, practicing the human audacity of imagining the future of the sea and trying to argue for one destiny over another, as though we own or control it.
28 Mar 2010

Notus Energy plans to erect turbine by end Of summer

In fact, both turbines were originally purchased for the Town of Orleans in 2005 by the Massachusetts Technological Collaborative (MTC) for $5.3 million. While Orleans Town Meeting voters overwhelmingly supported the project, the Orleans Board of Water Commissioners eventually voted not to proceed with the project in 2007.
26 Mar 2010

Harwich's estimated savings from turbines fall steeply

A change in borrowing terms, decommissioning requirements and maintenance costs could dramatically cut the town's estimated savings from two proposed wind turbines in North Harwich. ...He explained that two items had cut significantly into the savings: A decommissioning fund (to pay for the turbines' eventual removal) and a turbine-refurbishing fund (to pay for needed repairs once the equipment reaches a certain age).
26 Mar 2010
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