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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.


July 21, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Between lines on Savoy wind energy project denial

SAVOY – No. That was the answer that came Wednesday, when proponents of a commercial wind venture sat expectantly on folding chairs in the Savoy firehouse, hoping to salvage a project underway since 2005. No building permit. But it might not be the end of a debate during which Savoy residents first embraced, then rejected, the idea of hosting turbines in their town. A decade passed between those two positions. When asked whether he will fight the decision in court, Steven . . . Complete story »


July 19, 2018 • Letters, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Brodie turbines benefit others while we suffer

The Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative plans to install two new additional turbines on Brodie Mountain. To me this new wind project is an illustration of the extreme lack of understanding many people have of the wind industry and wind turbines themselves. For example, their electricity is unreliable and most available when least needed – in spring and fall. Adding more and bigger turbines callously disregards the complaints made by those in the vicinity of the first Brodie project. We are told . . . Complete story »


July 19, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Savoy board rejects developer’s wind power appeal

SAVOY – Commercial wind turbines will not rise anytime soon in Savoy, after the developer lost a critical appeal Wednesday night. The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals voted to affirm a building inspector’s decision to reject a building permit for five turbines on West Hill talked about since 2005. The vote closes the door for now on an effort by for Minuteman Wind LLC to bring a large-scale wind project to this town in northeastern Berkshire County. Steven Weisman of Minuteman . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Barnstable, Vineyard Wind working on draft host agreement

Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells is meeting weekly with Vineyard Wind as the possible first large-scale offshore wind farm in U.S. waters seeks use of an electrical substation in Hyannis. Ells said he and Vineyard Wind officials are hammering out a draft host agreement, which contains a framework for the project and all issues relevant to establishing a 20-plus-year relationship. Keeping Barnstable’s drinking water supplies safe from dielectric fluid, which is used to cool hot electrical components, is at the . . . Complete story »


July 18, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Decade in, Savoy wind project reaches pivotal point

SAVOY – Two of the state’s most respected environmental and land-use lawyers will face off once again Wednesday in an unlikely place: the Savoy firehouse. Ruth H. Silman of the Boston firm Nixon Peabody and Mark Bobrowski of Blatman, Bobrowski & Haverty of Concord are the legal guns being deployed as the fate of a decade-old wind-energy project comes down to the wire. The town’s Zoning Board of Appeals, represented by Bobrowski, resumes a public hearing Wednesday at 7 p.m. at . . . Complete story »


July 13, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

2 more turbines slated for Berkshire Wind Power project on Brodie Mountain

HANCOCK – The cluster of 10 wind turbines atop Brodie Mountain will soon grow to an even dozen. The Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative Corp. is planning to install two additional turbines to its Berkshire Wind project this fall. Representing Phase 2 of the project, two 2.3-megawatt capacity turbines will be erected just to the north of the existing 10 1.5-megawatt turbines. The new turbines will bring the wind farm’s generating capacity to 19.6 megawatts. The cooperative is an initiative of the . . . Complete story »


July 12, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Massachusetts’ second-largest wind farm expanding

The Berkshire Wind Power Project atop Brodie Mountain in Hancock will expand by two additional turbines, each capable of generating 2.3 megawatts, by next spring. Owner Berkshire Wind Power Cooperative announced the expansion Thursday. The cooperative is a nonprofit entity consisting of 14 Massachusetts municipal utilities and the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co. The new capacity of 4.6 megawatts can power up to 1,840 homes, said Kate Roy, spokeswoman for MMWEC, which has its headquarters in Ludlow. The wind farm . . . Complete story »


July 10, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Planning Board cancels meeting to include Kingston turbine site plan approval revocation discussion

KINGSTON – The Planning Board was going to discuss revoking site plan approval for the Independence wind turbine tonight. That meeting has been canceled. The Board of Selectmen most recently discussed the status of legal wrangling between the town and the turbine’s owner, Kingston Wind Independence, in executive session May 10. In December 2015, KWI filed a lawsuit against the town’s Board of Health claiming that an abatement order approved in October 2015 further restricted operation of the turbine, causing . . . Complete story »


July 8, 2018 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Our best interests on the Connecticut River?

Is FirstLight Power Resources attempting an end run around the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing process for its Northfield Mountain Pumped Storage station on the Connecticut River? FirstLight’s parent owner, Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investments, is now offering up use of the giant power re-generation and transfer machine in a bidding process that won’t begin delivering electricity until 2023. The actual bidder is Deepwater Wind, in a partnership with British energy giant National Grid. One option included in their proposal . . . Complete story »


July 3, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Concord to increase electricity rates

Concord’s Municipal Light Plant recently approved a modest increase in electricity rates as part of an effort to help the town meet its long term energy goals. The current residential electric rate varies from 14.4 to 18.7 cents per kilowatt hour, depending on a customer’s consumption. Starting in September, it will rise to a range of 15.4 to 19.7 cents, which will result in a $9 increase in the approximately $140 monthly bill for an average homeowner. The Light Plant . . . Complete story »


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