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First time it has been brought to the ground since it went up in 2009 NEWBURYPORT — For the first time since it went online eight years ago, the 292-foot-high wind turbine on Parker Street is being partly dismantled, but only temporarily.
For a couple of years now, Beacon Hill insiders have viewed the once-vaunted Cape Wind Energy Project as dead, a victim of local opposition, persistent lawsuits, financing challenges, and power purchase and permitting setbacks.
The RTO’s filing said five renewable energy projects in northern Maine, a landfill gas facility, a wind farm and three hydropower projects, totaling more than 22 MW, were disqualified because of insufficient transmission capacity. The Orrington interface in eastern Maine, critical to unlocking wind energy potential from the northeastern areas of the state, is the subject of a study now underway by ISO-NE planners. (See ISO-NE Planning Advisory Committee Briefs.)
The projects have a nameplate capacity of 461.2 megawatts, but they will produce less power than that because the facilities typically operate at less than 35 percent of capacity. Approximately 306.4 megawatts come from solar projects and 154.8 megawatts from wind.
Ambitious plans to build wind farms in northern and western Maine representing billions of dollars of investment were dealt a blow on Tuesday, after a coalition of utilities and state agencies in southern New England failed to select any Maine-based wind or transmission projects to meet the region’s clean-energy goals.
“Town officials agreed to…offering mediation to the plaintiffs.” It might be more accurate to say, “Town officials agreed to…accepting the (ongoing since 2012) mediation offer by neighbors.”
Carolyn Young of Pierce's Point said she has four children and that a son had to have his bedroom moved from the turbine side because he woke up all night. She said ...the turbines should not have been installed so close to residences. Young said the income wasn't worth the divisions the turbines caused in the community.
During the meeting, resident Caroline Young said her children often have trouble sleeping at night, and can’t stay in rooms on the turbine side of their house. ...“We want to make it clear that what we find the town benefits from these turbines is insignificant compared to the impact on those who live around, and in the shadows of these turbines."
Karen Gibides worries about what the turbines could mean for her family and her property. She tried to put her home on the market before they were built, but her realtor recommended a listing price about 20 percent less than the assessed value, she said. The possible health risks, which originally concerned the Bourne Board of Health and prompted them to ask Future Generation Wind to apply for a variance, also concern Gibides.
The Board of Health wants to be notified immediately by the turbine operators when there is going to be any testing or start-up of the turbine so that the board has advance noticed. A letter will be sent to KWI with this request. The board usually receives daily compliance notifications.
Ratepayers lack any kind of control or say over how the compact or the Cape & Vineyard Electric Cooperative use ratepayer money, Hunt said. The compact had previously provided the majority of support for the cooperative, which was formed in 2007 to pursue renewable energy projects for its members, but has now stopped doing so.
There was little dissent at the Wednesday night, May 4, candidates’ forum, with the exception of differing views on the protracted debacle of the municipal wind turbines.
Associated Industries of Massachusetts issued a statement saying that electric ratepayers will still be on the hook for billions of dollars over a 10-year period to cover the cost of these incentives. John Regan, a lobbyist for the group, wrote a letter to lawmakers saying that the bill is “poorly conceived, it will not lower costs and will not put the commonwealth on a path to a sustainable future.”
The decision means Cape Wind will either have to challenge the board’s ruling in court or start from scratch in seeking regulatory approval for the transmission line, both of which would be time-consuming. Cape Wind officials got up and left the meeting before its formal conclusion.
In its request for an extension of the transmission line approval, Cape Wind said none of the circumstances that led to the original approval has changed. The company said “it is quite feasible” it may be able to begin construction of the wind farm by the extension date of May 1, 2017, but conceded that if there are further delays it may need more extensions.
Maine was originally part of Massachusetts, and we act like we are still, but I would admonish Maine residents to rise up and show the wind developers the door. Let them try constructing these useless monstrosities in the Berkshires and see how far they get. I have yet to delineate the total crony corruption that has enabled this industrial wind disaster but here are a few nuggets to chew on.
The turbines at the town's wastewater treatment facility on Blacksmith Shop Road have been a source of controversy since they were installed. Neighbors have complained about health effects from their operation and have used a number of avenues to try to shut them down, while the town has warned of dire financial consequences should either device be deactivated.
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.
“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.
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.