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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

August 14, 2019 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind review could extend into 2020

With a critical permit for the Vineyard Wind project on hold so the federal government can launch a new study of the burgeoning offshore wind industry and its potential consequences, the agency conducting that study said Tuesday its review could stretch into 2020. The US Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Tuesday put more detail to a plan it first announced Friday, when it sent shockwaves through the industry with its plan to hold off on . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2019 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind backers commit to delayed project

BOSTON – Vineyard Wind on Monday vowed that it will move forward with its $2.8 billion, 84-turbine wind farm project despite a new delay caused by the federal government, though the project will take shape on a new, yet-to-be-determined timeline. The U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management on Friday put a freeze on a crucial environmental impact statement for Vineyard Wind, once slated to be the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in America, so they can . . . Complete story »

August 12, 2019 • Massachusetts, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind layout tough issue for regulators

Vineyard Wind’s turbine layout is likely one of the sticking points that prompted federal regulators late last week to expand their environmental review of the wind farm to include an analysis of how it would interact with a host of other projects in the planning stages along the East Coast. While Massachusetts politicians accused the Trump administration of delaying the project to death, officials at the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management have been struggling with whether to look at the . . . Complete story »

August 12, 2019 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Fed review could further delay Vineyard Wind

Vineyard Wind, the $2.8 billion, 800-megawatt offshore wind project planned for the waters off Martha’s Vineyard, has been delayed and will not move forward on the timeline it has been anticipating due to a federal agency’s decision to undertake a broad study of the potential impacts of offshore wind projects planned up and down the coast. The decision of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to launch a “cumulative impacts analysis” and hold up the approval of a key . . . Complete story »

August 12, 2019 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

A year later — still haunted

There’s no real reparations that will erase what has been done. The facts are pretty clear in the re-visited article (see link – https://www.capenews.net/falmouth/news/falmouth-resident-shares-lasting-turbine-troubles/article_7211f529-fd23-5dbb-87ab-d6cbdaf3fd47.html. And while the dust has settled over another year, the aftermath continues to leave many of us unsettled. Unable to “get back on track,” angry that justice should come only through debt. Debt beyond money. The debt affecting reputations and community acceptance. If there’s a lesson (a warning) to others out there, from a life lived . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2019 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Feds call for more study on Vineyard Wind

In a decision that could derail Vineyard Wind, federal regulators on Friday put their review of the project on hold temporarily while they seek to better understand the cumulative impact of the many wind farm projects being proposed along the eastern seaboard. A spokeswoman for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a statement saying the agency is expanding its draft environmental impact statement on the Vineyard Wind project to include a cumulative analysis of wind farm projects on the . . . Complete story »

August 10, 2019 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Government delays environmental review for Vineyard Wind

A Jan. 1, 2020 construction start date for the first phase of Vineyard Wind’s project to build an 84-turbine offshore wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard is now in serious jeopardy after a federal agency said Friday that it has indefinitely delayed the release of a final environmental impact statement (EIS). A spokesman for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said in an email that the agency now plans to expand its environmental review to include the cumulative impact . . . Complete story »

August 9, 2019 • Massachusetts, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind dealt severe blow by feds

Vineyard Wind’s, the $2.8 billion, 800-megawatt offshore wind project planned for waters off Martha’s Vineyard, appears to have been delayed, perhaps significantly, by the federal government, the State House News Service reported Friday. Last month, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management notified project officials that the government was “not yet prepared” to issue a final environmental impact statement, which had been that month. It’s the latest blow in what’s been a difficult stretch for the offshore wind farm company, . . . Complete story »

August 7, 2019 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

As Hampshire Council of Governments winds down, some employees eye energy jobs

NORTHAMPTON – Hampshire Council of Governments Executive Director Todd Ford and three employees may take jobs with a company in the running to buy the council’s electricity business, ethics disclosures filed with the state show. The council, which announced in April it was shutting down due to lack of funds, is in the process of transferring its services to other organizations. One of those services is Hampshire Power, which sells electricity to businesses, nonprofits and municipalities around the state. The prospective . . . Complete story »

August 6, 2019 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Governor signs Vineyard Wind easement bill

BARNSTABLE – Gov. Charlie Baker has signed legislation to allow offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind to land its electricity export cables at a beach in Centerville. The governor’s signature July 31 finalized the bill enacted unanimously by the Legislature July 22 authorizing the Barnstable Town Council to grant Vineyard Wind an easement for a portion of William H. Covell Memorial Beach. The bill was co-sponsored by state Sen. Julian Cyr, D-Truro, and state Rep. William Crocker, R-Centerville. The legislation was needed . . . Complete story »

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