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Falmouth board labels turbines a 'nuisance'

The zoning board of appeals declared two town-owned wind turbines a nuisance in a 4-1 vote Thursday night. The decision overturned Building Commissioner Eladio Gore's determination that noise from the turbines did not constitute a nuisance. Turbine abutter Neil Andersen, of 211 Blacksmith Shop Road, appealed that decision in November, and the board closed that hearing last week.
10 May 2013

PLYMOUTH ZBA: Their kingdom for a bond

For some projects, the town bylaws require surety bonds - money set aside to cover any cost to the town in the event a developer doesn't finish a project or, in this case, if a wind turbine needs to be decommissioned. ...But Camelot Wind, the company that owns the Camelot Park turbine, says no insurance company will sign off on such a lengthy bond.
7 May 2013

Clean Energy Center explains how flicker study is conducted, Kingston town planner challenged

The Board of Health has been discussing creating shadow flicker regulations and may hire an engineer with knowledge of flicker effect to analyze the flicker study report. The question, was there ever a shadow flicker study done before the Independence was installed, has been a point of contention at public meetings as recently as last week. Town Planner Tom Bott, for one, has come under fire by Leland Road residents Doreen and Sean Reilly, among others.
4 May 2013

Real cost of removing turbines debatable

Town Meeting would have to approve the spending of $8.3 million, which includes $4.9 million borrowed to construct Wind 2, $2 million to pay back the renewable energy credits, and $1.4 million to remove both turbines. That is the same amount Town Meeting failed to authorize earlier this month by six votes shy of a two-thirds majority. "I'm guardedly optimistic" that the ballot question will pass, Mr. Suso said.
1 May 2013

Cape Wind is already a bad deal

Unbiased inquiry into the facts of Cape Wind do not support any value to the project other than its profit to Mr. Gordon. Perhaps the most serious false claim in behalf of Cape Wind is that it will bring jobs to Massachusetts. New Bedford is the unfortunate setting for this claim.
20 Apr 2013

Governor Deval Patrick takes a spin at the Falmouth turbine issue

Last Tuesday, April 9, 2013, Governor Patrick took a call on the issue of Falmouth's turbines during his weekly talk show on Boston Public Radio. Some of his responses were very surprising and extremely important. To hear this question from Falmouth resident Dave Moriarty and the governor's response, click here and go to the nineteen minute mark. Here are a few of the governor's statements:
16 Apr 2013

Look who's talking

“If mankind was worried about CO2, rather than paying Jim Gordon $500 million a year and making him wealthy, why don’t you plant a helluva lot of trees because trees and bushes take CO2 and convert it into oxygen,” Koch says. “What Jim Gordon is feeding off of is perception, not reality. The perception is that windmills are good because the wind is free.
9 Apr 2013

Falmouth residents asked to pony up $14M to raze wind turbines

"We got the message from the state and we're moving forward," said Selectman Kevin Murphy, chairman of the board. Even if town meeting votes against the article, selectmen will offer a ballot question asking voters if they want the turbines removed, Selectman Mary Pat Flynn said. The question would likely appear on the May 21 ballot. "Everyone wants to vote on this, not just town meeting," Flynn said.
7 Apr 2013

Scituate wind turbine issue to go before town meeting

Town meeting voters will consider a citizens' petition asking Scituate officials to rescind the special permit - awarded by the planning board in 2010 - that allowed Scituate Wind LLC to build a 390-foot-tall turbine off the Driftway. The petition was filed by turbine neighbors who say noise and flicker from the turbine have hurt their health.
6 Apr 2013

Details on MassCEC’s April 2 Memo on Falmouth turbines

FALMOUTH – The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) asked its board of directors to authorize the board chairman to appoint a three-person subcommittee that will review and potentially modify the existing renewable energy certificate (REC) purchase agreement with the town of Falmouth. However, the MassCEC staff memorandum that makes this request also states that Falmouth will not receive a contract waiver if Wind 1 is decommissioned and removed.
3 Apr 2013

https://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Massachusetts&p=12&topic=General
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