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State wind act is dead

"From the time we first became aware of the bill in 2009, we were up against the Statehouse leaders, the media, and the ‘green' groups," said Eleanor Tillinghast, a member of Green Berkshires. "It was quite a fight. From the Cape to the Berkshires, we all pitched in to protest this unprecedented and dangerous piece of legislation. And to their great credit, our legislative leaders listened and reversed course on the bill."
17 Dec 2011

Murray abandons wind energy siting bill

"The senate president supports local control and is not in favor of the bill," Schroeder wrote in an email to the Times. "The Senate plans to review other bills pending before the Legislature that address the costs of energy and our renewable energy goals." Opponents of the siting bill praised Murray's change of heart.
6 Dec 2011

State senate president will not support windmill delay

Keisch said wind turbines on ridges would be "devastating to property values" in the county, would cause utility rates to go "up instead of down," and are not a reliable source of energy. "You say that they should be part of the mix, but I think until we really understand the scientific basis for it, there are other alternatives," Keisch said.
1 Dec 2011

Wind turbine siting process is flawed

The MTC, which now operates as part of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, takes renewable energy taxes from our electric bills and develops sloppy, poorly defined turbine project proposals. And we are forced to pay again to protect our homes from their incompetence. ...We have lost our democratic rights and have become second-class citizens, facing the theft of our land through regulation.
3 Nov 2011

Utilities say they shouldn't have to buy Cape Wind

In the filing, they responded to Cape Wind, which has said the combined utility should have to buy half its power to get the deal approved. "The Department has no authority under (state law), or any other statutory provision to impose a requirement to enter into a long-term contract for renewable power," the utilities argued.
13 Oct 2011

Seek moratorium on offshore wind

Nothing has caused more divisive and bitter controversy on Cape Cod in the past decade than Cape Wind's proposal to place 130 commercial-scale, 440-foot-high wind turbines in 25 square miles of federal waters in Nantucket Sound, just five miles off Cape Cod's coast.
20 Sep 2011

Massachusetts wind power rules in works

The law would reduce opportunities for residents to participate in the permitting process and eliminate certain rights of appeal available to municipalities, said Eleanor Tillinghast, board member of Wind Wise~Massachusetts from the Berkshires. ...because appeals of the state siting board's decisions go directly to the Supreme Judicial Court, it would be more difficult to reverse a decision.
16 Sep 2011

Lawmakers mull new wind-power process

The proposal, which went before the state Legislature's Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy last week, would establish local boards to handle wind turbine proposals as a whole instead of requiring developers to seek various approvals from multiple local committees.
12 Sep 2011

Avert tragedy of local wind farms

Only absolute necessity, only an absence of viable alternatives, could ever justify the degradation of our mountains, and I am confident that if people take the time to study the situation, they will conclude that many less destructive and more productive and dependable alternatives are available.
11 Sep 2011

Headwinds for a merger

Most of the conversation and legal paperwork on the deal that would create a $17.5 billion electric company has revolved around rates and consumer protection. Regulators and utility executives don't care to talk in public about another key factor: Cape Wind - and one of the private offshore project's biggest fans, Governor Deval Patrick.
22 Jul 2011

Power politics

"The utility sector is in the early stages of a relatively significant and long-term capital spend - a huge part of that will be environmental compliance,'' said Jim Owen, spokesman for the Edison Electric Institute, a utility trade group in Washington. "Obviously, a larger, more well-capitalized company that is [doing business] in several states is just going to have a bigger voice in the conversation.''
5 Jun 2011
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