Wind Power News: Massachusetts
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People of Savoy: It is wise to learn from your mistakes and even wiser to learn from the mistakes of others. I live in Scituate, 3,200 feet from a single 1.5 MW wind turbine. Six years ago the wind industry came to town and sold a bill of goods to our town officials. They said that the turbine would not have any negative impact on the community and they believed it, for they were persuasive and very believable. For the . . .
A group of fishing organizations, businesses and communities, led by the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF), has taken more action to halt the lease of Statoil’s planned wind farm off the coast of New York. The suit, filed against the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), is seeking summary judgment and requesting the court to invalidate the lease, which was awarded to Norwegian firm Statoil to develop the New York Wind Energy Area (NY WEA) late . . .
I am following the Savoy wind development story with great interest because a developer tried to build turbines in my town of Peru. Just like Savoy, the developer tried to change our bylaws to make the requirements and limitations more suitable for his project and, of course, for his bottom line. But what about Savoy’s bottom line? My understanding is there is no financial agreement as of yet between the developer and the town. Having no agreement in place is . . .
I live in Hawley and on Aug. 24 I attended a hearing in Savoy. The stated purpose of this meeting was changing Savoy’s wind turbine bylaw to allow for larger blades on turbines that Minute Man Wind and Palmer Capital Corp. plan to build in Savoy. However, it became clear that many Savoy residents have doubts about living with these massive machines. Lindsay Deane-Mayor, project manager for Palmer Capital Corp., and John Tynan, chairman of the Savoy Select Board, fielded . . .
The town of Savoy will soon be voting on whether to allow wind developer Minuteman Wind to increase the size of the five wind turbines planned for construction on West Hill. From we who have had direct experience attempting to live with wind turbines, please heed our warnings. During turbine operation, the downswing motion of each turbine blade (each 190 feet long and weighing over 8 tons) creates a disturbing low-frequency pressure pulse that negatively affects several of the physiological . . .
Seeking a more accurate idea of property devaluation we could expect from Savoy’s wind turbines, I contacted a North County appraiser. He told me that when turbines were built in Florida and Monroe every house in the area went on the market. “How much depreciation did they suffer?” I inquired. “I don’t know.” “You don’t know?” “Oh, I have an idea,” he said, “professional appraisals are based on comparative sales, and since the turbines were built, no houses have sold. . . .
A federal agency charged with protecting rare birds has again recommended that offshore wind turbines be allowed to remain spinning during migration periods, after an appeals court ordered a review for the stalled Cape Wind project. A “feathering” measure – basically, stopping the turbines – to protect piping plovers and roseate terns during their migration will not be included in the project’s incidental take statement, Paul Phifer, assistant regional director for ecological services for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, wrote in . . .
I am a mathematical economist. I have studied alternative green energy sources as a faculty researcher at MIT and have taught energy and environmental economics as an associate professor at Boston University and the University of California at Berkeley. Voters in Savoy will soon decide whether to allow taller wind turbines in the town. In the discussion leading up to the relevant vote, the Minuteman Wind representative told the town that “there is not scientific consensus” about sound issues (Eagle, . . .
SAVOY – A half hour into a public hearing Thursday night at the Savoy firehouse, Bobby LaBonte and more than half a dozen others walked out. He paused in the parking lot to explain why. “This meeting just got carried away, because of too many people from out of town,” he said. “We just got sick of hearing it.” While the official business was a proposal to increase the maximum height of already approved wind-power turbines, the hearing turned into a . . .
SAVOY – By increasing the size of turbine blades, a proposed wind-power plant in Savoy could generate 15 to 20 percent more electricity. But first, residents must agree to tweak a bylaw. That process starts at 6 p.m. Thursday with a public hearing at the Savoy Fire Station. The hearing had been set for earlier this month, but was rescheduled by the town. When they agreed nearly a decade ago to allow commercial wind energy projects, residents at town meeting capped . . .