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Engineering firm Keppel Prince is set to cut back its 450-strong workforce, following a slump in orders for wind farm towers. The job cuts at the Victorian-based firm follow delays to projects and a dip in demand, with orders drying up until next year.
"The one-time merger credit is inadequate in the context of the savings," said Robert Rio of The Energy Consortium, a group of large industrial and commercial energy users. The base-rate freeze is not a freeze at all, Rio said, adding later that the utility will be able to continue to add certain expenses, such as pension costs, to customers' bills.
McCauley, in a recent letter to the Department of Public Utilities, said the settlement "unfairly places the interests of one project developer before the interests of others" seeking deals with utilities. The DPU has scheduled a hearing Wednesday to review the settlement.
Evergreen's ultimate fate will be similar to that of Solyndra LLC, the California maker of solar-power technology that shut its pricey new plant, filed for bankruptcy and struggled to find a buyer in a market glutted with the departures of failed solar-power-equipment makers.
The Zoning Board of Appeals has continued an administrative appeal hearing on the town's wind turbine project, with members saying they want to seek legal counsel on the matter.
During Thursday's hearing, the residents' lawyer, Ann M. Ponichtera DeNardis, defended her clients' case and their right to bring the lawsuit. She said the lease had undergone dramatic changes, officials did not act transparently, and there is clear evidence of harm, including loss of property values.
"While there was some support [for the turbine], there wasn't enough, and the opposition to it was clearly building around the neighborhood,'' he said. "With these types of projects, you need to have a level of community support that everyone is comfortable with, and clearly that just wasn't there.''
VanMatre said the district hopes to get the turbine issue before the City Council, which has not debated the plan. Only the Board of Adjustment and Planning and Zoning Commission have voted on it. "We feel if we can get it before the City Council ... in March then we can make a good case for them to revisit the issue.
Locking in prices is supposedly desirable because it will protect NStar customers from price volatility. Yet we are in the midst of a natural gas boom that promises to revolutionize America's energy picture. Natural gas prices have plummeted from near $5 per MMbtu last summer to around $2.60 per MMbtu. According to the EIA, the energy equivalent of $3 natural gas is $18 oil. If our current prices are high, why would we want to lock them in?
The 262-foot tall wind turbine has a total tip height of 403 feet when the blade is pointing upward. The nearest distance to Route 3 is 475 feet. The nearest distance to Cranberry Road is 400 feet. The nearest residence is 650 feet away, across from Route 3.
The Select Board, accepting the recommendation of the town-appointed Wind Energy Research Panel, has rejected unanimously any further consideration of a municipal wind-turbine installation on the Lenox Mountain ridge line.
To the relief of some neighbors, a shellfish hatchery is dropping plans to install a wind turbine near Chapin Memorial Beach. ..."Wind turbines shouldn't be put in neighborhoods," Austin said. "None of us bear any ill will toward ARC. Industrial turbines should go in industrial areas."
Neighbors said the turbine would cause noise and flicker problems and pose threats to birds and people. Some applauded the school system for trying to be environmentally responsible, but warned that the proposed site overlooking school ball fields would be dangerous and irresponsible.
Neighbors ...say [the turbine] would be a debacle in their neighborhood. Residents have been particularly distressed about the plan since the Planning Board voted, 3-1, last month to recommend the ZBA approve the required special permits for the project.
Global wind farm developer Windlab's general manager, Nathan Steggel, said the government's planning laws had gone too far and the company was moving staff to its Canberra head office. The new area under consideration “now includes more than 164,000 acres of federal water southwest of Nomans Land between Martha's Vineyard and Block Island.” While many state officials from Rhode Island and Massachusetts praised the revised plan, the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) is questioning whether the area still comes too close to what the tribe has considered sacred views for centuries.
"Clearly, the evidence is starting to show the negative impacts of installing commercial wind turbines too close to residences ...Many cities and towns across the country are now involved in expensive litigation and are being forced to shut down these facilities.
In the latest example of how alternative-energy projects are meeting with resistance, Bog Wind failed to win the support of the Wareham Zoning Board of Appeals. After seven public hearings over 16 months, the board unanimously denied a special permit for the two turbines requested by Beaufort Windpower on bogs off Charge Pond Road. Beaufort has until early next month to appeal the decision, filed Feb. 15.
The complainants allege that police officers prevented some people from entering a meeting because the room was full but say they have video showing empty seats. "I feel we have answered all of the accusations. The police chief interviewed the four officers and they all said it never happened," Silvia said.
ter two years and thousands of pages of public testimony, the Cape Cod Commission voted Thursday to deny without prejudice a four-turbine wind project proposed for Bournedale. ...The county regulatory board spent three hours Thursday discussing the project in front of a packed house.
The majority of the Wind Energy Research Panel is recommending the proposal be scuttled because it won't be a financial benefit to Lenox, but would raise health concerns and yield a negative environmental impact. The panel was assigned to evaluate a single or double municipal wind-turbine installation atop Lenox Mountain.