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Island residents fight municipal wind plan

Proponents from the Nantucket Energy Study Committee and the town's energy office were preparing to seek a warrant article for the 2012 annual town meeting to appropriate up to $3.45 million to build the 900-kilowatt turbine. But in the face of unexpected and strong resistance from Madaket residents, the board decided Wednesday to schedule a vote on Jan. 4 on whether to proceed with the project.
19 Dec 2011

Residents decide to postpone alternative energy plan

After concerns about what they might use the sites for, voters at Monday night's Somerset special town meeting decided to indefinitely postpone an article that asked them to approve of allowing the selectmen to lease and/or enter into power purchase agreements for the alternative energy generation at 27.72 acres of town-owned land off of Wilbur Avenue and at the town's former landfill.
14 Dec 2011

Wind turbine opponents regroup with online effort

"I would fight this thing tooth and nail," Funfar told about 40 people gathered at the Northeast Maritime Institute. "It's a lot easier to stop it before it goes up." About 10 Fairhaven residents tried to halt construction last week but a Taunton Superior Court judge denied both a temporary restraining order and a request to revive a 2008 lawsuit against the project.
6 Dec 2011

Fairhaven wind project back in court

The on-again, off-again plan to build two wind turbines in Fairhaven may be off again, pending the ruling of a Superior Court judge. About 10 Fairhaven residents took their cause to court this week, seeking to revive a 2008 lawsuit and stop ongoing construction at the planned Arsene Street site.
2 Dec 2011

Neighbors pan plan for wind turbine at new school

He noted that in addition to neighboring residences, the area is home to hundreds of people living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the nearby hospital. "Talk about impacting the neighborhood," Tavares said. "We put up with the noise, the dust, the smells and the vibrations, and we still have another year to go. No thank you, we're not interested."
30 Nov 2011

Turbine II churns ahead in Ipswich

Last Monday night, the Selectmen, in their role as Electric Light Commissioners, voted unanimously to allow D&C Construction a special permit to manage or operate a wind turbine at 180 Town Farm Road. However, in case the project doesn't get off the ground, the permit terminates on Jan. 1.
30 Nov 2011

Residents say they were 'Blown Off' by the Wind Committee

"It's certainly been frustrating trying to get open and honest answers from town engineering regarding the turbine project," said Jonathan West, whose property abuts a proposed site for the wind turbine. "This makes it difficult to voice opposition to the project, especially since there are no meetings to discuss the project.
29 Nov 2011

Lenox Wind debate picks up

Fowler said he believed the panel is on track to meet an informal Jan. 15 deadline to report back to the Select Board -- "not a recommendation, this is all about talking to the public," said Select Board Chairman John McNinch. "This is about educating the board, not swaying one person to go the other way because we have a 3-3 panel.
20 Nov 2011

Towns weigh pros and cons of building wind turbines

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick wants to install 2 thousand megawatts of wind energy by 2020. The plan includes a bill that would make the permitting process for building wind turbines easier. Though, as our Brandon Walker explains, weighing the pros and cons of installing turbines has been a challenge for towns in Berkshire County.
18 Nov 2011

Shelburne wind farm plan withdrawn

Frederick D. Field quietly withdrew his Zoning Board of Appeals special permit application at the end of a long meeting Thursday night that brought out 250 residents from several hilltowns. The announcement brought a huge cheer from the audience.
18 Nov 2011

Ipswich Town Meeting gives green light to wind turbine proposal

The project has proved controversial in town. Last night, people stood at the doors of Ipswich High School, passing out fliers in favor and against the turbine project to those headed into the meeting. ...Several people spoke in favor of delaying a Town Meeting vote saying the public does not have enough information, including specific financial figures on how much the town would pay for the power it produces.
15 Nov 2011
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