With the high price of energy an increasing drain on the budgets of consumers and communities, an increasing number of cities, towns and state agencies are looking for ways to offset some of their electricity use with wind power.
The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority recently won a $500,000 grant to study the possible installation of a windmill at its Nut Island sewage pumping station in Quincy. Meanwhile, contractor Jay Cashman is seeking permission to build a windmill on land he owns at the former Fore River shipyard.
State officials have proposed a windmill atop Great Blue Hill in Milton that could be 450 feet high, and they have raised the possibility of building a smaller one on nearby Chickatawbut Hill in Quincy.
Braintree, Cohasset, Hanover, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Scituate and Weymouth are considering joining Hull, the state’s first community to build wind turbines, into the renewable energy business.
It seems like everyone loves green energy these days – until faced with the prospect of a turbine spinning in their backyard.
Proponents of such projects will have to make them palatable to homeowners when they are planned near residential areas.
1 January 2008
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