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Wind Power News: Massachusetts


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

September 24, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Building Commissioner says Wind 2 not abandoned

In his response to Barry A. Funfar’s complaint regarding Wind 2, Falmouth Building Commissioner Rodman L. Palmer said the wind turbine has not been abandoned. In his letter, Mr. Funfar alleged Wind 2 violated Chapter 240 Section 3B of the zoning bylaws, and since it has failed to operate for more than 12 consecutive months, it should be considered abandoned. Wind 2 was shut down in June 2017, after Barnstable County Superior Court Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty II upheld a . . . Complete story »

September 22, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth neighbors want wind turbines taken down

FALMOUTH – Two town-owned wind turbines have not operated since a Barnstable Superior Court judge in June 2017 ordered that the pair never spin again at their current wastewater treatment plant location on Blacksmith Road. But neighbors won’t be satisfied until they see both turbines dismantled and removed. Plans are underway to dismantle Wind 1 and haul it off the site. Wind 2 will not be as easy to get rid of: One neighbor’s recent attempt to have it removed has . . . Complete story »

September 22, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Building commissioner finds against Wind 2 complaint

Wind 2 is staying put on Thomas B. Landers Road, at least for now. That was the finding of Falmouth Building Commissioner Rod Palmer, who decided against a complaint from turbine abutter Barry Funfar that the turbine’s extended period of inoperation was grounds for its removal under the town’s wind energy systems blyaw. Wind 2 and its counterpart, Wind 1, have been the subject of controversy for many years. Abutters have argued that the structures were installed without the necessary . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2018 • Massachusetts, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

‘You’re impacting the whole resource’

NEW BEDFORD – Fishermen and city officials raised the alarm Tuesday about potential wind turbines in prime fishing and scalloping grounds south of Long Island. About 55 people attended a meeting with the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to discuss the agency’s evaluation of possible offshore wind locations within a 2,300-square-mile portion of the New York Bight, between Long Island and New Jersey. Scalloper Eric Hansen said 40 to 50 percent of the scalloping grounds fished by New Bedford scallopers . . . Complete story »

September 14, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Yarmouth again balks at Vineyard Wind pact

SOUTH YARMOUTH – As local opposition to a proposed high-wattage transmission cable intensifies, Yarmouth selectmen have rejected a second offer by offshore energy company Vineyard Wind to pay for costs incurred as the town considers a host community agreement with the company. “Restrictions that Vineyard Wind wanted to place on the use of those funds was not acceptable to the town,” Yarmouth Selectman Michael Stone said Tuesday after a closed-session discussion of the offer. Selectmen authorized staff to ask Vineyard Wind . . . Complete story »

September 8, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Massachusetts high court backs state’s authority to limit greenhouse gas emissions

Dive Brief: The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday the state can enforce declining greenhouse gas emissions described in a 2008 law, handing climate activists what they called an “unqualified win” for the state’s environmental goals. Massachusetts passed the Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA) a decade ago, requiring at least an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, relative to 1990 levels. A group of generators sued the state last year, arguing the act’s cap on emissions was unlawful and would . . . Complete story »

September 7, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

State finds flaws in turbine noise study

Deficiencies have been found in a study done of the four wind turbines sited just over the town line in Plymouth—a study that was meant to determine if noise from the massive turbines is below state-established thresholds and meets Plymouth’s permitting requirements. In reviewing the study, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection found that noise samples were collected at the wrong time of day and that not all the turbines were spinning when the sampling was done. The state also . . . Complete story »

September 5, 2018 • Massachusetts, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind submits Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Report

Vineyard Wind announced today that it has submitted the project’s Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Report (SDEIR) to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA.) The latest report will further ensure that members of public have ample opportunity to provide input about the United States’ first large-scale offshore wind farm. The SDEIR filing captures additional project refinements following the award and negotiation of long-term contracts with Massachusetts’ electric distribution companies (EDCs) for construction of an 800-megawatt (MW) wind farm 15 miles . . . Complete story »

September 4, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Supreme Judicial Court upholds MassDEP’s right to cap carbon emissions from power plants to fight climate change

A spokesman for the region's power plants on Tuesday expressed disappointment, cited issues of fairness, and suggested the cap regulation would give an economic edge to dirtier, out-of-state plants. "As went unrefuted throughout the case, with Massachusetts plants having their operations limited by this regulation, less efficient plants out of state will be dispatched to make up the difference," said Dan Dolan, president of New England Power Generators Association. Complete story »

September 1, 2018 • Letters, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind 2 debate – letter

Falmouth Town Counsel Frank Duffy commented recently, “Wind 1 and Wind 2 do not share the same legal status,” but according to Mark Bobrowski (special counsel to Falmouth’s ZBA on wind turbine matters), they do! Mr. Duffy recently stated that “Wind 2 exists today without a special permit from the ZBA and it is too late to mount a challenge to its existence.” But, according to Mr. Bobrowski, a structure (inclusive of windmills or wind turbines) commenced or built “unlawfully” . . . Complete story »

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