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Dozens of submissions will need to be vetted in coming months as the three states look to sign long-term contracts for electricity from wind turbines, dams and solar projects. The states are seeking up to 600 megawatts of power.
Few share Gordon’s optimism, although no one is willing to say so on the record. His critics say Cape Wind is out of date and out of sync with the times, and faces an uphill battle in the courts and on Beacon Hill. William Koch, the billionaire Osterville homeowner who has funded countless court challenges to the project over the years, is not going away. And Gordon’s patron saint, Deval Patrick, is gone from the governor’s office, replaced by Charlie Baker, who has never been a fan of Cape Wind.
“There will be a lawsuit that will be filed shortly within Superior Court against Future Generation Wind,” Stephen Mealy, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, said Tuesday after the board returned from an executive session to map out a legal strategy against the wind energy company, which is now owned by ConEdison Solutions. The Bourne Board of Health has previously found that the turbines could affect Bourne residents.
up the more than 200 foot tall turbine went out of business before it failed. Councilman Joseph Robicheau says the writing was on the wall.
To put the cost in perspective, because of their sheer size, the contracts are likely to be six times more expensive than Cape Wind for Massachusetts households, businesses, and communities over the life of the contract. The Hydro Quebec legislation proposed by Gov. Baker would be for 33 percent of all electricity consumed in Massachusetts; the Cape Wind contracts were for roughly 3 percent. This new legislation is a bad idea taken to an extreme.
Mr. Senie used regulations on turbine sound power levels and setbacks to argue that the Falmouth turbine should be located farther from its neighbors. Describing the modulated infrasound produced by the structure with “peak-to-trough” separations, he said, “The pressures are coming inside of homes, and they are noticeable.”
The issue pits utilities like National Grid and Eversource Energy – who must reimburse solar system owners at the higher retail rate vs. the lower wholesale rate for their excess power – against those in the solar industry – particularly installers, manufacturers, consumers and environmental advocates – who believe solar's success is dependent on continued government programs.
The enforcement notices went out Thursday, January 14, one day after the board of health decided to take action during a marathon session that did not end until close to midnight Wednesday, January 13. At that meeting, several residents affected by the turbines criticized the town for not moving fast enough in pursuing an injunction against the wind farm.
The Board of Health has been served a summons by Kingston Wind Independence to answer to questions in Superior Court about the noise abatement order that dictates when the turbine must be shut down.
We turbine neighbors stand on the hill of right yet we have somehow been turned into the villains of this wind power fiasco. At my new “safe zone” in the Dominican Republic which replaces my former “safe zone” in Falmouth I painted one outside wall with “The Town of Falmouth Massachusetts has lost its moral compass.”
“If they are going to cause issues with noise or flicker or some other type of issue that may impact the residents of the town of Bourne then the board of health would actually have jurisdiction, we believe, over trying to control that issue,” said Stephen Mealy, chairman of the Bourne Board of Selectmen.
According to Mr. Bahtiarian, complaints of sleep disturbance by turbine neighbors were due to the irregular variations of turbine noise. “This is not rhythmic,” he said. Low frequency data collected by NCE recorded infrasound from the turbines both inside and outside various nearby homes. When the turbines were turned off, Mr. Bahtiarian said, the sound disappeared completely. He said that the disturbance represented an “acoustic trespass,” or sound from an outside source entering a building.
After hearing testimony and taking public comment, the board then denied an appeal by Linda Ohkagawa, who had requested that a cease-and-desist order prohibiting the operation of Wind 2 be enforced by the zoning enforcement officer. The board also denied an appeal seeking the same for Wind 1 and Wind 2 filed by Elizabeth and Neil Andersen. The appeals were denied based on the “doctrine of laches,” a rarely used doctrine that is enforced when parties assert their claim after a long delay.
It's been three years since Hoosac Wind has been online and we are still living with noise and other issues from Hoosac Wind and our quality of life continues to deteriorate with no solution in sight. I've been tired of late as I was diagnosed with diffuse large B cell lymphoma and undergoing treatment. Prognosis is favorable but I'm not out of the woods. Studies show there is a correlation between sound waves produced by industrial wind turbines and health. I'm not saying Hoosac Wind caused my health issues directly, but there is no doubt that sleep deprivation is negatively affecting our health and well being.
The board was tasked with identifying whether the parties each had standing in the case; whether they had knowledge of the building permit for the turbine within 30 days of its issuance and had a duty to inquire about the project; and whether they were guilty of a doctrine called “laches,” defined as an unreasonable delay or negligence in pursuing a right or claim that prejudices the adverse party.
For the better part of four decades Bourne Town Counsel Robert Troy has had a direct hand in guiding Bourne’s legal affairs and he is not known for tilting at windmills. Now Troy is inching forward with a board of health request that he seek a civil injunction in Barnstable Superior Court to stop construction of the controversial Future Generation Wind turbines in Head of the Bay at South Plymouth.
As for the wind turbines, any federally run turbines are required to shut down when the bats are migrating in the spring or fall, McCumber said. The base has three wind turbines that provide power to its groundwater treatment plants and two for the PAVE PAWS radar station. Typically, it’s on nights when the winds are light or nonexistent that the turbines stop spinning because the bats are likely on the move, he said.
Members of the Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals came to a consensus on Monday, November 30, to deny appeals relating to Wind 2, one of two town-owned wind turbines on Blacksmith Shop Road. The board will discuss a draft decision and possibly vote on the matter at its meeting next Thursday, December 10.
The Board of Selectmen unanimously approved health officials’ request to seek legal action to stop the construction of four wind turbines just over the town line in South Plymouth because of the potential adverse effects on Bourne residents’ health.
Emotion drove comments at a Falmouth Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on an appeal by wind turbine neighbors on Thursday evening. As with the first, the second meeting addressing appeals of the building commissioner’s lack of enforcement against the Wind 2 turbine drew a full audience. ...Mr. Senie said that the Supreme Judicial Court’s decision relating to special permitting for Wind 1 applied equally to the second turbine. ...the town could have requested a different determination for Wind 2 ...but no such request was made.