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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.


January 16, 2019 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

2 turbines will not spin again in Falmouth

FALMOUTH – The two town-owned wind turbines whose operation bitterly divided the community for years will never spin again in Falmouth. In a vote that put an end to the eight-year turbine debate, four of five selectmen supported a motion at their meeting Monday night not to allow the pair to run within town borders. Selectman Samuel Patterson abstained. Selectman Douglas Jones made the motion. “I have no interest in having these turbines run in Falmouth ever again,” Jones said. Wind . . . Complete story »


January 16, 2019 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Selectmen: Wind turbines won’t operate in Falmouth

The wind turbines at the Falmouth wastewater treatment plant site will not operate within the town again. “I’ve been dealing with this issue for many, many years and I have no interest in having anything to do with these turbines run in the town of Falmouth again,” Selectman Douglas H. Jones said at the board’s meeting on Monday, January 14. Mr. Jones said the the wind turbines were installed to generate clean energy. “If they can run 24 hours a . . . Complete story »


January 15, 2019 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth wind project finally finished

Falmouth Massachusetts – The town that once was host to Governor Deval Patrick’s flagship wind energy project on Cape Cod and the Islands pronounced the Falmouth turbines dead. Four Falmouth Selectmen chose not to relocate either of its two V82 wind turbines to any other site within town. &Only one board member abstained from voting … due likely to his term soon ending and re-election strategy requiring schmoozing the predominate “green-minded” voter precincts in Woods Hole. Since March 2010, when . . . Complete story »


January 14, 2019 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth selectmen to weigh relocation option

TIMELINE OF FOLLY October 15, 2018 During Public Comment to the Falmouth Board of Selectmen, a warning was given by a resident to the board  that Wind 2 required the certainty of an official zoning classification (declaring a structure non-conforming with local zoning bylaw or a structure non-complying with zoning bylaw).  It was explained to the board that the zoning enforcement request submitted for Wind 1 (December 2017) resulted in Falmouth Building Commissioner Palmer’s determination that Wind 1’s zoning classification, without . . . Complete story »


January 8, 2019 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Government shutdown delays Vineyard Wind meetings

NEW BEDFORD – The partial government shutdown has begun to affect the timeline for Vineyard Wind, though not necessarily enough to delay construction. Two federal meetings have been postponed indefinitely: one in New Bedford on Jan. 8 and one in Narragansett, Rhode Island, on Jan. 9. Others in Hyannis, Nantucket and Vineyard Haven will be postponed if the shutdown is still ongoing on Jan. 14. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management meetings were scheduled to collect public comment on a . . . Complete story »


January 5, 2019 • Massachusetts, Opinions, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Fishing industry could be endangered by planned wind turbines

Whatever the future for large scale off-shore wind farms in New England, New Bedford and its first in the nation fishing industry will feel the effects. Renewable energy from sources which include off-shore wind, are an undeniable part of our future. It’s a fair question though whether commercial fishing as it now exists in southern New England, will survive the installation of the largest and most extensive array of ocean based wind turbines in the world. The offshore wind lease . . . Complete story »


January 4, 2019 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

R.I. fishermen still without compensation deal from wind farm developer

NARRAGANSETT – Less than three weeks before Rhode Island coastal regulators are set to vote on a key approval for its $2-billion offshore wind farm, Vineyard Wind has yet to come forward with a compensation package for the state’s commercial fishermen who say that the layout of the company’s 84 turbines will block access to valuable Atlantic Ocean fishing grounds. The Coastal Resources Management Council granted the New Bedford company a reprieve Nov. 27, delaying a vote on the application for . . . Complete story »


December 26, 2018 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth’s wind debacle: 2018 ups & downs recap

The year began with a collective Community sigh of relief – Falmouth’s Board of Selectmen planned to hire a consultant to help determine how to comply with the building commissioner’s December 2017 dismantling and removal order for Wind 1 (Jan. 8).  That good news was quickly followed by the Selectmen announcing that Falmouth received a break on the $1.5 million debt owed the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MCEC).  The debt was negotiated down to the sum of $178,000 (Jan. 12). Selectmen . . . Complete story »


December 14, 2018 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Massachusetts Comprehensive Energy Plan: The Sound of Silence

Yesterday, The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released its Comprehensive Energy Plan. (https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2018/12/11/CEP%20Report-12122018_0.pdf) I opened the above link to the background harmonies of Simon & Garfunkle’s The Sound of Silence. I should have perhaps been listening to Christmas music given the season, but with the unpredictability of the Holiday Music Police patrolling for naughty & nice candidates – I chose not to entertain anything remotely associated with that craziness. At about the time the lyrics came to “And the people bowed and prayed… . . . Complete story »


December 14, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Offshore wind developers ante up at auction of leases near Block Island

PROVIDENCE – In what is sure to be seen as an affirmation of their industry’s prospects, a scrum of offshore wind developers is poised to pay an unprecedented amount of money for the latest set of leases being auctioned off in federal ocean waters near Rhode Island and Massachusetts. When the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management suspended its auction Thursday night for the three leases located in waters about 51 miles southeast of Block Island, the bids for each had . . . Complete story »


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