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Cape Wind, National Grid prepare to negotiate long-term power contract

Time is of the essence for Cape Wind if it wants to take advantage of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding, which would reduce the cost of the project by 30 percent. "Part of the stimulus act provided even greater federal incentives for things like wind power," Mr. Rodgers said, but to qualify for ARRA funding, the wind farm would have to begin construction by the end of 2010 and complete construction by the end of 2012.
5 Dec 2009

Martha's Vineyard tackles wind turbine regulation

The Martha's Vineyard Commission has scheduled a public hearing Thursday night on whether to limit the size of wind turbines that can be erected on the island. ...If a land-based zone for wind turbines on the island is designated, a year-long moratorium on any development in the affected airspace would go into effect while regulations are developed and approved, according to the press release.
5 Dec 2009

Turbine planning moves ahead in Wellfleet

The town should know by next month if it will be able to proceed on its own with the proposed single wind turbine project at White Crest Beach. Special Town Meeting voters this past October gave the go-ahead to proceed with the project by approving by a two-thirds vote, and also at the ballot, spending $290,000 for documents, surveys and studies to move forward with the project. The energy committee announced Tuesday that their application to connect the turbine with NStar was filed today.
4 Dec 2009

Stop & Shop maps plans for wind turbine to power store

Supermarket chain Stop & Shop is placing a big bet on wind power at its Bass Avenue shopping center, even as the store faces stiff new competition from Gloucester Crossing. The company is working on plans to build a windmill in the East Gloucester shopping center that would power the store there and serve as a pilot project in a larger corporate green energy initiative.
4 Dec 2009

Cape Wind projections wishful thinking

Attorney General Martha Coakley was quoted Nov. 17 in The Cape Cod Times: "We are running out of time to look at what we need to do for alternative energies." The article went on about Cape Wind and wind turbines as if commercial wind turbines are the only renewable energy resource in the world. Who made the decision to bypass other sources of renewable energy such as photovoltaic, geothermal or heat exchangers? We have wasted eight years in Massachusetts on the permitting process for 130 commercial wind turbines.
4 Dec 2009

Get second opinion on Dartmouth Wind

I write regarding the proposed installation of two 1.65-megawatt wind turbines on Chase Road, in advance of the Dartmouth meeting to be held Dec. 9. On that date the Select Board, the Alternative Energy Committee (AEC) and others are supposed to attend a public forum. I find it curious that the engineering firm previously hired by the town to evaluate the wisdom of such an installation has an elaborate Web site which appears to be surprisingly silent about its expertise in wind turbines.
3 Dec 2009

Savoy speaks out on wind project

The newly reformed Zoning Board of Appeals held it's first public hearing since reforming in October and heard public input on Minuteman Wind's proposed five-turbine wind farm proposed for West Hill. Since the proposed 290-acre wind farm has been a topic of hot debate in the past, Chairwoman Billie Bushika-Alcala laid down some ground rules involving the public input portion of the hearing.
3 Dec 2009

Headwaters residents protest town wind turbine plans

Opposition is fermenting in the Headwaters area against town plans to locate a 390-foot wind turbine in the neighborhood. Despite a unanimous vote on town meeting floor last month, several residents spoke out against the proposal before selectmen Monday night. Close to a dozen people raised issues of health and safety as well as adverse financial and wildlife impacts.
2 Dec 2009

National Grid in talks to buy Cape Wind power

Cape Wind officials have entered into negotiations with National Grid to sell the utility power from the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm, according to a statement released this morning from Gov. Deval Patrick's office. ...With an agreement in hand Cape Wind Associates, LLC, can begin shopping around for the banks and investors it needs to finance the project, which is expected to cost more than $1 billion to build.
2 Dec 2009

Turbine dealer agrees to restitution payments

Former state Rep. Mark Howland, whose wind turbine company was shut down for misleading consumers, has worked out an interim payment plan with the state Attorney General's Office for nearly $600,000 in restitution owed to consumers. Under the plan, Howland must pay the state $2,000 per month from last month to April, attorney general spokeswoman Jill Butterworth said. The office will hold the money in escrow for more than 160 consumers.
2 Dec 2009

Respect Wampanoag opposition to Cape Wind

I commend the Wampanoag for their efforts to block the construction of 130 wind turbines on historic and picturesque Nantucket Sound. We should not lightly dismiss these American Indians' claims that the project would impede their ability to properly practice certain religious rituals that require them to have an unobstructed view of the sunrise. Furthermore, we should be more sensitive to their concerns that erecting the wind turbines would disrupt sacred burial grounds.
1 Dec 2009

Dartmouth schedules forum on wind turbines project

The plan to construct two wind turbines at the wastewater treatment plant off Chase Road will get a lot of public scrutiny before it can become a reality. The first step will come in a public forum from 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 at Dartmouth High School. That will be followed by a formal hearing before the Select Board, and if approved by the board, it will go to Town Meeting.
30 Nov 2009

Cape wind farm decision faces another setback

With a decision possibly looming in the weeks ahead, the controversial proposal to build the country's first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound could face another delay. Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Paul Kirk, temporarily filling the seat held by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, sent a letter to President Obama urging that any decision on the wind farm, proposing to build 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound, be delayed until a national policy on ocean management and planning is in place.
28 Nov 2009

Patrick, Kirk at odds over wind farm; Governor urges Obama to back it

The administration of Governor Deval Patrick ...said yesterday that it would be a mistake for President Obama to grant US Senator Paul G. Kirk Jr.'s request to delay federal approval of the Cape Wind project. In a letter to Obama earlier this month, Kirk, who has largely shied away from divisive issues during his two months in office, urged the Obama administration to hold off on a decision until a federal panel can devise comprehensive guidelines for development in the nation's waters. But officials from the Patrick administration said the governor strongly disagrees with Kirk's request and urges quick approval.
28 Nov 2009

Cape wind farm decision faces another setback

With a decision possibly looming in the weeks ahead, the controversial proposal to build the country's first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound could face another delay. Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Paul Kirk, temporarily filling the seat held by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, sent a letter to President Obama urging that any decision on the wind farm, proposing to build 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound, be delayed until a national policy on ocean management and planning is in place.
28 Nov 2009

Orleans man heads Seashore panel

Could there be a wind farm on the Seashore's ocean horizon? Going all the way back to the creation of the park in 1961, as a state action, it was decided then for the protection of the visual, scenic value of the park that all platforms, oil rigs, major structures should be prohibited in the state waters off the outer beach of the Cape Cod National Seashore. That's three miles out. Beyond that, it's a federal decision.
27 Nov 2009

Obama asked to delay wind farm decision

With a decision possibly looming in the weeks ahead, the proposal to build the country's first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound could face another delay. Earlier this month, U.S. Sen. Paul Kirk, temporarily filling the seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy, sent a letter to President Obama urging that any decision on the proposed 130 turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound be delayed until a national policy on ocean management and planning is in place.
26 Nov 2009

Wind turbine hearing cancelled

The scheduled public hearing for discuss the Cohasset Heights wind turbine project was cancelled late Tuesday afternoon, just hours before its advertised and posted hearing. According to an e-mail send by Planning Board administrator Jo-Ann Pilczak, the Planning Board and the applicant are still awaiting receipt of the official, endorsed order of remand from Land Court for the CCI-Energy remand public hearing. Without the official order, the public hearing could not be opened.
25 Nov 2009

Salisbury officials 'shocked' over state's handling of wind mills

The state may be rethinking a plan to allow a wind turbine farm off Salisbury Beach after "additional data" revealed something that state coastline experts apparently didn't know - that there are lots of recreational boaters, and even a few lobstermen, who cruise off the coast. Salisbury officials were shocked to discover last week that a draft plan for siting wind turbines identified a zone 500 yards off the popular beach, where fishing and pleasure boats are a frequent sight, particularly on summer weekends.
23 Nov 2009

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