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There’s a lot in the wind about power from the air; Towns share hope, pain of land-based wind projects  

With the focus on Cape Wind’s planned 130 offshore turbines as a federal review is about to be released, wind power on a smaller scale was the focus of a meeting on land-based wind projects Dec. 14 at the Marriot Hotel in Hyannis.

A standout feature of these sessions held regularly by the Massachusetts Coastal Training Program is a roundup of activities in Cape towns. Here’s a sampling:

Barnstable: there’s talk of a “multi-megawatt” solar installation at the wastewater facility on Bearse’s Way in Hyannis.

Bourne: has just put together an alternative energy committee.

Brewster: looking at one or two turbines at one of the town’s wells. Three small-scale residential applications received since passage of bylaw.

Chatham: comprehensive wastewater plan is complete, and powering treatment facilities by wind is being considered.

Eastham: four turbines have been proposed for some time by Massachusetts Technology Council. Some problems with abutters.

Harwich: has a wind energy bylaw and saw its first residential installation six months ago. Has just extended this opportunity to commercial and industrial sites.

Orleans: with two towers turned down “at the last minute” by the board of water commissioners, the town is setting up a renewable energy committee that will look to set one up outside of water protection areas.

Provincetown: The Race Point Light site is being powered in part by a 30-foot wind generator. The Park Service is serious about a turbine at the Herring Cove bath house

Truro: has an energy committee and a wind power bylaw on the books. National Park Service is considering a turbine at the Highland Center.

Wellfleet: has a bylaw, and a test tower that has been up for a year is indicating “a wonderful resource” on the oceanside. Unfortunately, the Park Service is being “obstructive.”

Yarmouth: energy committee working on a residential bylaw, and working “feverishly” to put up a test tower. Solar array going up on top of town hall “shortly.”

Massachusetts Military Reservation: a utility-grade wind turbine is on its way to power Air Force clean-up projects. The Coast Guard base and the National Cemetery are interested in wind power as well.

By Edward F. Maroney
Associate Editor

The Barnstable Patriot

21 December 2007

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