Wind Power News: Massachusetts
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BARNSTABLE – A Barnstable Superior Court judge on Tuesday ordered the town of Falmouth to shut down two town-owned wind turbines. Judge Cornelius Moriarty issued his decision at about 4:30 p.m. in the case which pitted the town against its own Zoning Board of Appeals and a neighbor of the turbines. The Board of Selectmen had appealed a decision by the zoning board that found the turbines are a nuisance. In an emergency meeting Tuesday night, selectmen instructed the town manager . . .
The first hour and a half of the meeting, however, was hijacked by anti-wind advocates from the Hoosac Wind Project. A group of neighbors in the Florida and Clarksburg area have been fighting against the 28.5-megawatt wind farm since before it even went online in 2012. Larry Lorusso, of Clarksburg, said the turbines have been causing health concerns from sinus issues to heart disease to anxiety because of the vibrating sound echoing through the area. "At times I feel like I am inside a drum," Lorusso said. He said the state knows the noise is too loud but is looking the other way. Michael Farineny, of Florida, said he's spoken with every government official he could to mitigate the issues but to no avail. He said the system of testing for sound issues is "rigged" because the company is in charge of hiring the consultants, and setting the schedule for tests. The low-frequency noises are caused relationship issues, has torn apart the neighborhood, and forced people to abandon their homes.
PITTSFIELD – The state senate’s Clean Energy Future Tour made a stop at Berkshire Community College Monday to receive testimony from local residents about climate change and renewable energy. But the first 70 minutes of the two-hour hearing was dominated by local neighbors of wind turbines and other anti-wind activists. Their testimony centered on noise levels near the turbines, the carbon footprint of erecting wind turbine projects, the output and the impact on nearby property owners. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Future . . .
Opponents of the stalled Cape Wind offshore wind farm continued efforts in April and May to end the company’s federal lease. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, though, has no plans to rescind the lease for 30 acres in Nantucket Sound, agency spokesman Stephen Boutwell said. “Cape Wind Associates LLC is currently in good standing,” Boutwell said. In 575 public comments submitted on the draft of a revised environmental impact statement, about a dozen supported the wind farm project. . . .
It’s the energy project that refuses to die. In 2016, state lawmakers killed what seemed like Cape Wind’s last hope by excluding the wind farm proposal from a new energy law. Flash forward a year, and it’s just like old times: Cape Wind versus the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. Some rivalries never die. The Alliance blitzed Cape Wind with litigation for years. One result: a federal appeals court asked the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to review an . . .
Emera Inc. says it has submitted a competitive bid to deliver 900 megawatts of wind energy and hydro power from Atlantic Canada to Massachusetts by 2022. If successful, the main source of that power would likely be wind farms yet to be built in New Brunswick. The company said because wind power can be unreliable, the proposal will also use on hydro power, including power from the Muskrat Falls hydro-electric dam being constructed in Labrador and due to come online . . .
PLYMOUTH – Plymouth officials have signed off on sound testing protocols for four turbines that sit along the border with Bourne. The sound testing is ongoing and is one of the conditions of the special permit granted by the Plymouth Zoning Board of Appeals to Future Generation Wind, said Paul McAuliffe, the director of inspectional services for the town. “We see it as our responsibility that the turbines operate legally,” McAuliffe said. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection says the testing . . .
European countries have been harnessing energy in offshore wind farms since 1991, but to date, Massachusetts has yet to take advantage of the resource available off its ample coastline. That is expected to change in the next few years, however, as three wind energy developers plan to install the state’s first offshore wind farms about 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The designated development area covers more than 840,000 acres and is under the jurisdiction of the federal . . .
Multiple speakers said while they are proponents of alternative energy sourcing, their lives are severely and negatively impacted by wind turbines which they believe are too close to residences. Two commentators reported illness, inability to sleep and other life-changing impacts from nearby turbines. “The biggest problem was a lack of adequate, pre-construction siting studies,” Falmouth resident Glen Roland said. “I’d say for any future turbines, that be carefully looked at.” A resident of Plymouth noted that his wife once had to catch the television monitor as it fell off a dresser due to the vibrations caused by poorly-zoned turbines.
FALMOUTH – A trial related to the wind turbines at the Falmouth wastewater treatment plant was set to begin today but has been postponed. The case was filed by the town of Falmouth against the local Zoning Board of Appeals and Blacksmith Road residents Neil and Elizabeth Andersen. The town is attempting to overturn the zoning board’s decision to grant relief to the Andersens, who were looking to abate the nuisance at their property caused by the operation of the . . .