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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.
She said a large company would have the cash to pay for the turbines. "They won't be borrowing any money," she said. O'Donnell conceded she feels bad about selling the wind machines, which have been spinning for 11 months, "but the good news is I'll be out of trouble and out of debt."
A recent study, conducted by the Northern Maine Medical Center, is not contradictory, and comes right out and acknowledges the connection between sleep deprivation and ill health. The study examined the sleep patterns of Mars Hill and Vinalhaven, Maine, residents living within 5,000 feet of 1.5-megawatt industrial wind turbines, and found that those living within 4,500 feet of the turbines suffered from worse sleep disturbances and reductions in mental function than those who did not. Dr. Michael Nissenbaum of the Northern Maine Medical Center describes the results in a medical abstract.
The panel trudged through language in less than 10 pages of material during its 22nd meeting. It agreed on the phrasing for the options of leaving the turbines running with as little curtailment allowed by the state Department of Environmental Protection's standards and the option of cutting back operation during certain times of day.
Confusion and frustration ruled the Board of Health meeting last night as acoustical consultants discussed ways to monitor noise emitted from the Kingston Independence Turbine. ...After the informal town-hall session, the Board of Health voted to send a letter to MassCEC requesting that the three turbines owned by Mary O'Donnell be added to the acoustic monitoring.
“It’s not that this project has an unusual arc. The timeline is not significantly different than other private or public projects,” said Andrew Brydges, senior director of renewable energy generation for the ratepayer-funded Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, which contributed $1.2 million to the prison wind project.
The option of moving the turbines to another location in Falmouth has now officially been denied by the Federal Aviation Administration. In a report issued last Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration reported that if the turbines were moved to an area just south of the Massachusetts Military Reservation they would create a hazard to air navigation. The report also said that if the turbines were reduced in height to not exceed 216 feet above ground level it would not exceed obstruction standards, but that is not likely since the turbines are 262 feet high at the hub, with blades that extend to 400 feet.
Nationally, demand for electricity is leveling off as residential power use falls, experts say, reversing a long upward trend. More efficient lighting and electric devices are partly credited for the change. New homes also are being built to use less electricity and government subsidies ...help older homes use less power. Rourke said the weak economy also has contributed to reduced electricity use.
The steering committee will be overseeing the scope (job description) for an engineering firm that will be hired to evaluate noise and shadow flicker from the turbine that residents have said are to blame for sleep deprivation, headaches, and dizziness, among other negative health affects experienced since the turbine went online earlier this year.
Selectmen voted not to pursue a wind turbine at Butler Farm last night, after hearing results of a feasibility study that showed the wind speeds were too low and the costs high. ...With a cost of up to $4.1 million for the largest 1,800- kilowatt turbine and a payback period of 35 to 39 years, a wind project wouldn't make financial sense, the study demonstrated.
Contractors encountered problems when they first tried tying the turbine to the grid in July. The machine then caused months of headaches for engineers as hydraulic problems, damaged parts and issues with the wind speed sensors delayed its commissioning, which is when the state will officially turn it over to UMass Dartmouth.
Mary O'Donnell, the owner of three of Kingston's disputed-wind turbines, has gone on the record. She is expecting the wind turbines to be repossessed.
“The turbines are for sale and I am forced to sell them because of the lawsuit,” said Mary O’Donnell, president of Kingston-based No Fossil Fuels LLC. “You can’t get financed while you’re being sued.” O’Donnell is listed as a defendant – along with the Town of Kingston and its zoning board of appeals – in a lawsuit filed by a group of neighbors this fall in Massachusetts Land Court.
It is unfortunate for the citizens of Massachusetts generally, and likely devastating to many residents of Florida and Monroe specifically, to witness the ill-conceived commitment of Gov. Deval Patrick and his administration to industrial wind turbines.
Flaws in state and federal wind turbine regulations proved a hot topic at a discussion of turbine noise Thursday night, led by an electrical engineer specializing in industrial wind turbine noise and vibration control.
The Patrick administration placed the project's cost at $100 million and project proponents touted its potential to serve the offshore wind industry. In an interview Tuesday, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan acknowledged Massachusetts and Rhode Island are competing for the Cape Wind jobs. Massachusetts was not looking to sweeten its infrastructure effort with loans or grants.
While a crowd gathered Monday to hear Gov. Deval Patrick and other officials celebrate the Hoosac Wind Project, about half a dozen people were just steps away protesting the 19 wind turbines scheduled to be turned on by year's end.
After completing the first half of a feasibility study, Otis is progressing on a plan to finance its own wind turbine that would power town government buildings and allow it to sell power to neighboring communities to produce extra revenue.
Piece by piece, the town's second wind turbine on Town Farm Road is coming together. And that may be just the beginning; a privately owned solar farm proposed for the street could also help further the town's renewable energy goals.
More than a decade into its fight against Cape Wind, the project's primary opposition group is still raking in millions of dollars in contributions, according to its latest filing with the Internal Revenue Service.