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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 23, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

New power lines might bring renewable energy: Landowners, towns already wary of property impacts

CHESHIRE – Nate Plaza just sold one of his home lots on 170 acres of long-owned family land in Lanesborough, where one high-voltage transmission line already cuts through some of this property. But Plaza fears a proposed, second 23-mile transmission line – built next to the existing line, and which will run from upstate New York through five Berkshire County towns – might mess with his plans to sell at least six more lots that have already been carved out. “They’ll have the . . .

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July 22, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Powered-down turbines continue to cost Falmouth money

Although no longer spinning, Falmouth’s two wind turbines may continue to draw upon town coffers for years to come. To erect Wind 1, officials borrowed about $5 million and promised the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center what are known as renewable energy certificates. To pay for Wind 2, officials received a $4.865 million loan from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust. Those agreements still stand, even if the turbines—ordered shut down by a Barnstable County Superior Court judge in late June—fail . . .

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July 21, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Stalled turbine should spin by September; It needs maintenance, parts, says owner Varian

The troubled giant wind turbine on the grounds of Applied Materials’ Varian Semiconductor Associates has been temporarily shut down for an extended period for the second time in the past 22 months, a company spokesman acknowledged Wednesday. While the the blades of the 492-foot behemoth  – the largest of the three turbines that tower over Gloucester’s Blackburn Industrial Park – will likely remain still until late August or into September, they should once again spin at full speed once a maintenance . . .

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July 16, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth ruling bolsters cause for neighbors of Plymouth turbines

BOURNE – For neighbors of the Future Generation Wind turbines who have been complaining to town and state officials about the effects of the four 500-foot tall turbines, things have been looking bleak. They have said the turbines have robbed them of their sleep, their health, and the enjoyment of their property, to no avail. They failed in their attempt at a preliminary injunction against the ConEdison Solutions-owned turbines. They tried to get the turbines shut down by town boards in . . .

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July 14, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine decision comes as surprise in Falmouth

The decision not to challenge a court ruling effectively leaving Falmouth’s twin wind turbines inoperable shocked supporters and critics alike. “It’s just such a tremendous relief to me and it’s still taken these past couple of days to sink in,” said Barry A. Funfar, a plaintiff in the case that ultimately led the board of selectmen to drop legal proceedings. Mr. Funfar is one of several neighbors who argued that the presence of the turbines negatively affected their health. A . . .

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July 13, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Two Cape windmills have stopped spinning, but someone still has to pay

The costs of the Wind Turbine Curse keep adding up. A cursed windmill? That’s how I described the Falmouth tower known as “Wind 1” in 2012. And the legal battles were just getting started. Now, the court fights might finally be over. The bills? That’s another story. The Falmouth selectmen decided Monday not to appeal a judge’s determination that Wind 1 and its younger sibling, Wind 2, are a nuisance and must be shut down. This essentially marks the end . . .

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July 13, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Controversial Savoy wind farm project moving forward

SAVOY – After more than a decade of process and debate, plans for a five-turbine wind farm on a high Berkshire County ridge are moving forward. The $31 million facility on 293 acres in Savoy won a special permit from the town in 2010. But the company didn’t procure a wetlands permit from the state until late 2016. Minuteman then started excavating with a local building permit in hand, reports the Berkshire Eagle. The company plans to take delivery of the . . .

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July 12, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth officials: Turbine losses could total $12M

FALMOUTH – A battle-weary Board of Selectmen announced Monday that the town will not appeal last month’s ruling by a Barnstable Superior Court judge that a pair of 1.65-megawatt municipal wind turbines are a nuisance for neighbors and must be shut down. Both turbine friends and foes were surprised by the announcement, expecting instead that the board would appeal. Susan Moran, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen, said it was time to put an end to an issue that has caused . . .

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July 11, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth won’t appeal order to shut down wind turbines

FALMOUTH – The Falmouth Board of Selectmen voted Monday night not to appeal a judge’s decision ordering the shutdown of the town’s two massive wind turbines. “It’s time to put the matter behind us and move forward,” board Chairwoman Susan Moran said. The decision not to appeal could put the town on the hook for payment of loans and grants from the state as well as dismantling costs. A past estimate put the cost at $14 million. But appealing the judge’s . . .

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July 10, 2017 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Long-debated $31M Savoy wind power project revived

SAVOY – Bolstered by a new financial partner, a Berkshires wind turbine project proposed nearly 15 years ago may at last swing into life. If a new timeline holds, the Minuteman Wind LLC venture would place five 425-foot turbines on a remote hill in Savoy next year. The 12.5-megawatt project, valued at about $31 million, won key approvals from town residents and boards in 2008 and 2010, but then underwent a long challenge on environmental grounds. Late last year, the state . . .

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