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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.


November 13, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines’ wings clipped: Two of three down, but owners say they should be running soon

The number of spinning giant turbines standing high above Gloucester’s Blackburn Industrial Park is now, temporarily at least, down to one. A spokesman for Applied Materials/Varian Semiconductor Associates said Monday that the company hopes to have its dismantled turbine back up and running in the coming weeks, but it remained in pieces on the ground Monday. The man who heads up maintenance efforts on the other two turbines, which serve the city of Gloucester and its energy business partner, confirmed . . . Complete story »


November 12, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Fishermen divided on plans for more offshore wind

NARRAGANSETT, R.I. – Commercial fishermen and sport fishermen are split over the benefits of offshore wind facilities. Commercial fishermen say the wind-energy projects planned for southern New England, such as the South Fork Wind Farm, are the latest threats to their income after decades of quotas and regulations. “I don’t like the idea of the ocean being taken away from me after I’ve thrown so many big-dollar fish back in the water for the last 30 years, praying I’d get it . . . Complete story »


November 10, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Motion to intervene on turbine appeal denied

The Massachusetts Appeals Court rejected a motion to intervene in the court order to shut down Falmouth’s two wind turbines as a nuisance, upholding Barnstable Superior Court Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty II’s decision. “We see no reason to disturb the judge’s ruling,” Associate Justices Peter J. Rubin, Gabrielle R. Wolohojian, and Amy L. Blake wrote in their decision, noting the history of the litigation. “Here, [Judge Moriarty] properly considered that intervention would delay and complicate the final resolution that was . . . Complete story »


November 9, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Fishermen ask for more time to study wind impact

NEW BEDFORD – Fishermen, fish processors and others warned on Thursday that fishing grounds will be lost with the construction of Vineyard Wind, and some expressed doubt that planned UMass Dartmouth research can happen fast enough to document the loss. “We have this huge area we’re going to develop, and obviously we’ve got a pretty close timeline,” said Ed Barrett, a commercial fisherman from the South Shore. “How are you ever going to even come close to figuring out an impact? . . . Complete story »


November 8, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Disabled and disassembled: Blades removed from Applied Materials turbine

The giant wind turbine that has generated both power and a number of repair issues for the Applied Materials/Varian Semiconductor Associates facility in Gloucester’s Blackburn Industrial Park literally have reached a new low. Portions of the 492-foot high turbine had been disassembled and were lying on the ground Wednesday morning. The disassembly marks at least the third time in the last four years that the Applied turbine – the tallest of the three within the industrial park – has been shut down . . . Complete story »


November 7, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Appeals Court upholds Falmouth wind turbine decision

BOSTON – The latest attempt by a citizens group to pursue a less drastic alternative to the court- ordered permanent shutdown of Falmouth’s two wind turbines has failed, ending eight years of litigation related to the controversial machines. Barnstable Superior Court Judge Cornelius Moriarty had deemed the turbines at the town’s wastewater treatment facility a nuisance and ordered that they be permanently shut down in June 2017. The selectmen voted not to appeal the decision. But a local citizens group, The . . . Complete story »


November 7, 2018 • Massachusetts, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Cautionary offshore wind tale out of Va.

Massachusetts earned plaudits earlier this year for its handling of an offshore wind procurement, but not every state’s pursuit of renewable energy is getting rave reviews. Reports out of Virginia suggest the state may be getting hoodwinked by one of its leading utilities. The cautionary Virginia tale began innocently enough earlier this year. Angry about reports the state’s utilities had been making excessive profits for years, the Virginia legislature approved a law that required Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power Co. . . . Complete story »


November 3, 2018 • Massachusetts, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Baker urges Interior: Keep NY turbines out of prime fishing grounds

NEW BEDFORD – Gov. Charlie Baker wrote to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Thursday to ask him to consider eliminating the highest-priority fishing areas from future leases for offshore wind, particularly in the New York Bight, a heavily fished area south of Long Island. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has begun evaluating potential locations in the New York Bight for wind. “Some of the areas under consideration for leasing represent very productive and high-value grounds for fishermen from . . . Complete story »


November 2, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Day-long dialogue between fishing, wind industries nets some progress

WARWICK, R.I. – Eight hours of ideas, conversation, debate and dialogue from two industries relying on use of the ocean filled the the large grand ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Wednesday. In a meeting described as the first of its kind, the fishing industry from Maine to New York as well as the offshore wind industry in Massachusetts and Rhode Island met for a workshop hosted by Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) to discuss two key aspects: fishing transit . . . Complete story »


November 2, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Yarmouth, Barnstable react to status of wind farm cable review

BARNSTABLE – With the end of state proceedings to decide where Vineyard Wind will land its high-voltage cable on the Cape’s southern shoreline, town officials in Barnstable and Yarmouth are feeling satisfied, though for different reasons. “I’m not displeased with where we stand right now,” said Norman Holcomb, chairman of the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen. “I think the state process has worked.” The Energy Facilities Siting Board hearings on offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind’s cable proposal ended Friday. The siting board . . . Complete story »


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