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Although Town Meeting has voted to approve and finance the turbine project, officials now have to decide whether to proceed with construction. "Now we have some empirical data to go through to see if there is any way to make that wind turbine project work on those limited hours," said Thomas Hurley, chairman of Milton's Board of Selectmen. "Is it worth it?"
The state will look into drafting separate noise regulations for wind turbines, Department of Environmental Protection Deputy Commissioner Martin Suuberg said Thursday. ...Suuberg said he had no details on the regulations yet but that "There is a different quality of noise generated by turbines."
The DEP only has a policy on sound pressures, Senie said, not regulations. He agreed with Leland Road resident Sean Reilly that there was no real flicker study done for the Independence turbine. He said there was one for the O'Donnell turbines, but the study was based on smaller turbines.
Gov. Jay Inslee is trying to lure a struggling Massachusetts wind-power company to Washington state. In one of his first initiatives as governor, Inslee sent a handwritten note and spoke by phone with the chief executive of AMSC, a Devens, Mass.-based firm.
Falmouth Board of Selectmen's decision last week to remove the two town-owned wind turbines at the wastewater treatment facility could have implications not only for Falmouth, but for wind projects across the state and the country, according to both proponents and opponents of the project.
Hanover Town Manager Troy Clarkson announced to selectmen Monday night that the town would terminate its contract with Lumus Construction, the builder of its wind turbine. Clarkson said the contract needed to be terminated because the company still hasn't managed to get the turbine up and running. The project was originally pegged for completion nearly two years ago.
KWI maintains a 400-foot tall wind turbine atop Kingston's capped landfill, along Route 3. Since its erection last year, the turbine has been the focus of numerous complaints from Kingston residents, ranging from infrasound to flicker. Critics say the KWI turbine should be shut down or moved to further removed location in town.
While wind turbine advocates aren't happy with Nissenbaum's study, no court case was dismissed or contested it or its findings on the effect of industrial wind turbines on people living within close proximity to them. "It has not been refuted and is not refutable by prior studies," Nissenbaum said. "This study, in fact, seems to confirm known science and known plausible pathways resulting in disease."
Morality over money: That was the overriding theme in what was a rather civil Jan. 23 meeting held by the Falmouth Board of Selectmen, in which they heard public comments on the town's two wind turbines.
Tuesday night, Prospect Street resident Mark Wheeler told the Board of Selectmen that he had not heard from Ruiz, although he had done as requested and submitted medical evidence of harm to his family. He said they are asking for some relief, and he's losing faith that the government will deliver.
He then returned to his concerns about the wind turbines, asking Mr. Suso if his sustainable model assumed the machines would be running all the time. “Yes,” Mr. Suso said, adding that currently “we are running at a net loss. We’d go bankrupt and it would put us out of business” if that were to continue. He said the turbines are designed to be operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The impetus for the escalation of health concern is born from inadequacies of zoning regulations recommended by wind energy promoters. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-state agency focused on renewable energy development, has authored a state supported Wind Turbine Model Bylaw for municipalities considering wind energy projects. This is heralded as the state standard, yet more and more local boards of health are in a quandary.
"I am the very definition of a person aggrieved." Rosemarie Austin, co-defendant in the Aquacultural Research Corporation vs. Old King's Highway Regional Historic District Commission trial in Orleans District Court this week, repeated these words throughout her closing statement shortly before noon on Thursday, Jan. 17.
A shellfish hatchery's effort to build a wind turbine near Chapin Memorial Beach in Dennis was back in Orleans District Court on Monday, with the company's vice president and co-owner arguing that the turbine would be a "financial security blanket" in the face of rising energy costs.
A long-awaited project to power some of the Lynn Water and Sewer Commission plant by wind is steps to fruition, as city officials scoped out the pieces of a wind turbine Saturday that recently arrived from India.
It is currently estimated that it will now take the wind turbine approximately 10 years, or until 2019, to pay for its cost. That might be extended to 11 or 12 years, if the gearbox needs to be replaced. Douglas C. Karson, AFCEC community involvement lead, said a rough estimate of the cost of that replacement is between $300,000 and $500,000.
A draft recommendation dated Jan. 4 that was obtained by the Times details energy, financial and health impacts - as well as uncertainties - for the three suggested options: running the turbines without curtailment; curtailing operation; or replacing the turbines with solar panels.
Fire Chief Timothy Francis shut down a meeting of the Board of Health Monday night after the room where the meeting was being held was overcrowded by members of the anti-turbine group Windwise.
Even though the noise study is about to be completed, city officials say they have no timeline for the wind turbine project and have not scheduled any public hearings. An opposition group, SalemWind, has raised concerns about a number of issues, including noise.
A moratorium on solar farms, a restrictive bylaw on solar farms, renovations to the library's children's room and the establishment of a veteran's volunteer service program will be in the hands of voters at tonight's special town meeting.