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The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) issued a staff memorandum regarding how to address noise complaints arising from the town-owned wind turbines sited at the Falmouth water treatment center. The details of the memo are provided in this post.
Wethington said the race was less about the turbines and more about the unresponsiveness of DeTerra toward the residents who claim the turbines have had an adverse effect on their health. "I want to take the board in a new direction so that people with problems can come to the Board of Health without being fearful that they will not be heard," he said.
The argument over whether the turbine is causing health effects has been underway since early 2012, when the turbine was turned on and residents first started complaining of health problems. Yet with Town Meeting likely to consider a petition to bring the turbine down, both sides have grown more adamant in their opinions.
The turbine backlash has prompted some local communities to proceed more cautiously when considering wind turbine projects. In recent years, turbine proposals have been tossed around in Plymouth, Weymouth, Quincy, Milton, Marshfield, Norwell and Cohasset. Some of these plans have been met with resistance or been ruled out altogether.
Since then, that figure has been slashed to 24 megawatts on 23 sites. Projects have been eliminated or delayed because of problems with roofs, concerns over clear-cutting and a complicated approval process to connect to the grid or to locate panels on land used for other purposes.
BTMU is providing a significant amount of debt capital that will be used to pay for development and construction of the project, Cape Wind said. The company could not say how much BTMU was expected to raise.
The cooperative, which was formed in 2007 to pursue renewable energy projects on behalf of its member towns, counties and the Compact, has largely given up on wind energy in the face of fierce opposition and is struggling to construct solar projects announced in 2012.
Pottel said he has become increasingly skeptical of Shah since it was revealed two weeks ago that one of the turbines malfunctioned during a state noise test. "How did that malfunction magically fix itself when the testing was done?" Pottel asked. "It definitely raises questions about (Shah's) general credibility."
The selectmen said no decision on the turbine should be made until the board of health completes a noise study that is expected to start this spring. The study will determine if the turbine complies with state noise standards.
The Water and Sewer Commission is poised to yank a $1.8 million contract from a Saugus firm over claims that KGCI Inc. has not paid a vendor assembling the commission's 254-foot-tall wind turbine tower. "The contractor obviously has a cash flow problem," said commission attorney Samuel Vitali.
Town officials are unsure whether Falmouth will have to pay back nearly $5 million in federal stimulus funds that the town received in 2010 to construct the Wind 2 turbine. When taking into account the debt amassed by the two turbines, the cost of removing them and service contract is between about $12.3 and $15.2 million.
Selectmen Chairman Kevin Murphy said there are many variables remaining. There is still no word on whether the state will offer any financial assistance to the town, no word on whether any existing debts will be forgiven, and no definite figure for resale value of the turbines. In addition, legal expenses are unknown.
Horstmann said in an interview Friday at this Middleborough company that he feels his company was "used" to win public support for the controversial project he was once confident would boost local jobs. ...Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers said Monday that Mass Tank just didn't have the experience or resources for the job.
Selectmen are scheduled Monday to vote on their recommendations for warrant articles for the annual and special town meetings. Three of the articles would collectively order the removal of the turbines. Town Manager Julian Suso has estimated it will cost $5 million to $15 million to remove them.
Lumus Construction, which Hanover town officials had previously said would have their contract terminated, is still working on the wind turbine. A consultant now supervises Lumus' work. ...bringing in Aeronautica does not cost residents any additional tax dollars because the company is being paid with funds that were withheld from Lumus.
U.S. Reps. Paul Broun, R-Ga., and James Lankford, R-Okla., sent a letter Thursday to outgoing Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, reiterating demands they first made in January for agency documents related to Cape Wind, a list of all pending applications for two DOE loan programs, and a briefing about their concerns.
Ruiz is critical of opponents of the wind project he says are desperately attempting to retroactively rewrite history and who, at the request of outside agitators like attorney Christopher Senie, "continue to peddle these types of conspiracy theories that the town did not review shadow flicker."
The owner of Scituate's wind turbine is ready to begin its search for an acoustical engineer to determine whether the turbine is too noisy. The owner, Scituate Wind, will send out a request for proposals to nine acoustical engineers on Friday.
In a 26-page ruling released Feb. 25, Orleans District Court Judge Brian Merrick finds in favor of Aquacultural Research Corporation in its fight to build a 242-foot wind turbine off Chapin Beach Road in Dennis.
Sumul Shah, owner of Lumus and CEO of Solaya, said his company is struggling financially, but he blamed a parts manufacturer in India for the delays in Hanover. Shah said he'll continue to work with Hanover to try to get the 210-foot-tall, 225-kilowatt turbine running.