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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.
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.
Zoning requirements under the new bylaw would prevent Falmouth from moving two 1.65-megawatt town-owned turbines - "Wind 1" and "Wind 2" - at the wastewater treatment plant on Blacksmith Shop Road to a spot about two miles away from Camp Edwards on the Massachusetts Military Reservation.
At the meeting, neighbors of the turbines asked the health board to shut down the machines at night and during times when they say light-flicker from whirling blades drives them from their homes, but chairman Joseph Casna said his panel has to consider legal ramifications. "We don't want to do the wrong thing and have it thrown back and not accomplish anything," he said.
There will also be a panel composed of people who live near wind turbines here in Southeastern Massachusetts. I consider them the true experts in this matter, for they have accumulated many hours of exposure and can speak to its adverse effect on their health. I think everyone in the state of Massachusetts needs to listen to what they have to say.
The fate of Fairhaven's north wind turbine now rests with Superior Court Judge Lloyd Macdonald following a hearing on a motion that could result in the turbine's removal. Twenty-three members of Windwise, a group opposing the town's two turbines, filed suit against Fairhaven in December, alleging that the north turbine's lease is "invalid."
Pick a wind turbine, any turbine at all, and chances are the project is under attack. The one at Camelot Park is the exception. But this 364-foot turbine is located nowhere near residential properties, unlike the majority that have been proposed in America's Hometown.
You can’t stop a breeze from blowing. But, while a majority of Town Meeting members supported a two-year halt to industrial-sized wind turbines in residential zones, it wasn’t enough.
When plaintiffs in a lawsuit over Cape Wind's potential effect on birds, whales and other wildlife announced recently they had filed a related legal brief, a company official dismissed the case as old news. ...The wildlife suit is one of several still pending that might determine whether the 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound are built.
PLYMOUTH - Fairhaven Wind developer Sumul Shah knows what it's like to encounter strong opposition to a wind turbine project.
"We don't have the resource or the money to maintain these turbines. We'd sell them and buy a portion of the power they produce. We own the whole cow and use only the milk," said Allen. By selling the turbines, they become someone else's responsibility, said Allen.
The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility and a handful of other groups yesterday filed a motion for summary judgment in one of five pending lawsuits aimed at preventing the construction of 130 wind turbines on roughly 25 miles of the sound.
The turbines hurt Princeton's bottom line again when energy prices dropped, reducing revenue from selling electricity produced by the turbine. "So instead of making what we thought we were going to make, we were making a third off the energy production, but still having to pay the loan," Allen said. All the problems resulted in people in Princeton paying one of the highest electric rates in the state.
Unlike the first turbine, which was a joint project of the town's utility company and public schools, the second turbine will be privately owned. D&C Construction of Rockland will build the turbine, and the town has agreed to purchase 100 percent of the power it produces.
The Federal Aviation Administration is considering an application from the town of Falmouth requesting a study of possibly moving municipal wind turbines closer to the Massachusetts Military Reservation.
Six months after contractors erected it, UMass Dartmouth's new 600-kilowatt wind turbine has yet to become fully operational and engineers are still trying to figure out why.