Articles from Massachusetts
Leland Road resident Dan Alves said flicker is more than a nuisance; it's a clear health hazard. He also pressed for the Planning Board to limit flicker to zero hours. A new flicker study estimates flicker impacts his home 140 hours a year under the worst-case scenario. "It will give you a headache; it will make you nauseous," he said.
There are many other good reasons why 48 proposed wind turbine projects in the state have not been approved. Real estate prices plummet, and the costs of repairing turbines that break down are enormous. Just ask the folks who live in Princeton what they think of the cost-benefit ratio of wind turbines.
Too much time is being lost relative to performing acoustical studies of the Scituate Wind turbine and this has the Scituate Board of Health, among other stakeholders, concerned. During the board's meeting on August 12, board members, along with Scituate Public Health Director, Jennifer Sullivan, discussed the complexities of the testing requirements - wind speed, wind direction, tides, etc., and how the conditions have yet to prove favorable for testing.
A new report from the Massachusetts Department of environmental Protection says in June the turbines exceeded legal noise limits, after midnight.
"Your rush to test this evening and tomorrow morning is extremely curious. ...Not only does this wind direction not impact the majority of your selected locations, these higher wind speeds create a biased background noise level (rustling leaves and branches) that will clearly impact the integrity of these test results."
"The 'Kelly paper' is just one of many studies published in the 1980s by acousticians and other researchers working under grants from the DOE, NASA, and others. ... The acoustical conferences, at least in the U.S., all had presentations on wind turbine noise; it was one of the 'hot' topics in the field." The industry response? Ignore or deny the science.
The half-day operation also costs the town more to run the turbines than they generate in revenue, and has depleted the $1 million reserve fund built up by their earlier operation. As a result, Suso said, the town has no cushion to pay for an unexpected malfunction or mechanical problem that would take the turbines offline.
A group of residents have complained that their health is adversely affected by the noise and shadow flicker from the turbine, which is owned by Scituate Wind LLC, made up of Palmer Capital and Solaya Energy. The town's board of health requested that Scituate Wind hire acoustical engineers to see if the turbine complies with noise standards.
No one, and no entity, is legally, socially or morally afforded the protection or "right" to inflict harm on citizens. The town's suit against its own zoning board's "nuisance" determination strikes me as being totally indefensible.
Following a presentation Monday night on the feasibility of placing a wind turbine on Prospect Hill, selectmen hinted that the final decision on whether to move forward with the project would not be made by them, but by a vote at town meeting or a referendum.
Advocates fear voices opposing wind projects from within the movement will derail efforts to slow climate change and establish renewable energy sources
The Board of Health intends to develop its own flicker regulations pertaining to health impacts. Board members plan to hire an independent engineer to review any studies of the local turbines. The health agent will reach out to six companies about setting up interviews.
The rising cost of green energy mandates in Massachusetts is starting to raise concerns, with one utility estimating the state's renewable energy initiatives currently account for 5.4 percent of a typical customer's monthly bill and are expected to take a much larger share in the next few years. ...The National Grid estimate is the first attempt to assess the cost of the state's green energy initiatives, most of which are more than five years old.
A PAC can pool campaign contributions from members and use them to promote candidates, ballot initiatives or legislation. Mr. Pottel said the "slogan," Fairhaven Cares stemmed from one the issues involving the wind turbines, that it is important for public officials to care about the concerns of residents and listen to them.
The problem with the project is power lines were not equipped to carry away the excess electricity, which delayed the project for two years. But finally, this past spring, those huge blades started turning. ...Within weeks of beginning operations, one of the turbines was struck by lightning in May, and since then the windmills have been still.
EAST SANDWICH - The view from Spring Hill Beach includes pieces from a complicated puzzle: large wind turbines, tiny birds and David.
A committee looking into the pros and cons of wind power continues to take a cautious approach before potentially taking a position on wind turbines in town.
As the permitting process for a wind turbine at Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary is about to begin, I still can't connect the dots with regard to common sense here. ...Seems so hypocritical to me since, according to its website, Wellfleet Audubon's woodlands attract a wide variety of wildlife, especially songbirds and shorebirds. But apparently a wind turbine isn't in conflict with nature? Really?
Mark Rodgers, a spokesman for EMI, tells me the firm didn't bid on the offshore leases because its team is completely focused on securing financing for Cape Wind by the end of 2013. The company has made some progress this year in that regard, but it still has a ways to go for a project that will likely exceed $2 billion in cost. Rodgers says EMI will strongly consider other offshore wind areas that could be the subject of future lease auctions.
The 2-1 vote accepted a proposal by turbine developer Fairhaven Wind LLC that would maintain round-the-clock operation of the turbines except in wind conditions when the state's Department of Environmental Protection found the turbines to exceed state noise regulations.