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Wind Power News: Massachusetts


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.

April 20, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Savoy rejects wind turbine building permit; developer plans appeal

SAVOY – After a decade of debate, approvals and controversy, the game clock might have run out on a commercial wind power project in the town of Savoy. If so, it’s overtime now for Minuteman Wind LLC, as developers work against the odds to keep the project alive and push back at what they see as missteps by the town. On April 2, nine days before a renewed special permit was to expire, Minuteman Wind filed an application for a building . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns, support raised at wind farm hearings

Attendees at public hearings in Hyannis and on Nantucket Wednesday for one of three offshore wind energy projects proposed for south of Martha’s Vineyard had questions about the environment, potential jobs and the effects on commercial and recreational fishing. But others fully welcomed the benefit of a renewable energy project that – unlike Cape Wind, they said – appears to have a chance of coming to fruition. “I’m just hoping that this will be the beginning of a national shift,” said Nantucket . . . Complete story »

April 19, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Fishermen air concerns about Vineyard Wind

Looking to create a sea change in energy production in Massachusetts, Governor Charlie Baker signed “An Act to Promote Energy Diversity” with overwhelming bipartisan support in 2016. A key provision of the legislation mandated that utilities solicit long-term contracts with offshore wind farm developers, with the goal of adding 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2027. Fast-forward to Tuesday night, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, where federal and state officials, along with representatives from Vineyard Wind, gathered for . . . Complete story »

April 17, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Fishermen fear fallout from proposed wind project

NEW BEDFORD – Comments surrounding Vineyard Wind’s offshore wind projects filled the Waypoint Convention Room on Monday night and they came from a diverse group ranging from climate change deniers to environmentalists. But the main discussion revolved around jobs. Fishermen strongly criticized the process with one saying he feared Europeans would commandeer all the jobs associated with offshore winds. Union workers stood in support of those jobs that they want to fill. “Don’t tell me we’re going to have Europeans overrunning . . . Complete story »

April 17, 2018 • Letters, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Mass. must not let its offshore lands be plundered

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s op-ed on Massachusetts’ future in wind power is propaganda. Treating our ocean as an empty platform waiting for development ignores the vital role of oceans in carbon storage, tourism, recreation, and scenery. Coal mining and wind farms make a strange partnership masked as environmentally wise development. Speedy permitting equals greedy permitting. The astounding figure of 390,000 acres of “over-the-horizon” ocean at risk suggests that as long as we don’t see turbines, there is no damage. Note: . . . Complete story »

April 11, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Fishing industry reps express offshore wind resistance

Fishing industry representatives from all along the East Coast sent an urgent missive to Governor Charlie Baker on Monday, asking him to delay this month’s selection of the company that will construct the nation’s first industrial-scale offshore wind project off the coast of Massachusetts. The National Coalition of Fishing Communities (NCFC) cites three key concerns: the project size, the lack of study on potential impacts, and a lack of communication with the fishing industry from potential developers. Three companies have . . . Complete story »

April 11, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Gov. Baker vows to hear voice of fishermen regarding offshore wind

NEW BEDFORD – Gov. Charlie Baker sat about 1,000 feet from the city’s waterfront as he discussed various aspects of the state with The Standard-Times on Tuesday. The proximity to the most valuable port in the United States wasn’t lost on him. “I do not want (the fishing industry’s) voice to get lost, period,” Baker said. “And it won’t be.” Through the National Coalition for Fishing Communities, scores of fishermen and organizations sent a letter to Baker on Monday to emphasize . . . Complete story »

April 10, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Fishing industry seeks smaller offshore wind rollout, possible delay

BOSTON – Some go to sea to scoop tasty creatures from the deep and others venture out to harness clean energy from the air above the waves. As the state sets up an offshore wind industry, those in a much older line of work – fishing – feel a little left out of the conversation. On Monday a group of fishing industry officials – ranging from local vessel owners to shoreside proprietors such as the president of the Atlantic Red Crab Company, and national . . . Complete story »

April 9, 2018 • Letters, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Turbines not by-right use

Mr. Woodwell is incorrect in his assertion that special state legislation confers the right to operate a turbine notwithstanding any other law. This idea has been tried by the town’s legal counsel in more than one court case and found faulty each time. The legislation he points to simply allows the town to operate a wind energy facility with energy accounts kept separate from the general fund. It does not allow the town to be negligent or to skip the . . . Complete story »

April 7, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Weston & Sampson studying options for Falmouth wind turbines

The town has hired engineering consulting firm Weston & Sampson to examine alternatives for future utilization, repurposing and reutilization options for Falmouth’s wind turbines. Selectmen in February gave Town Manager Julian M. Suso the go-ahead to spend up to $20,000 for the study. Mr. Suso expects Weston & Sampson will complete its study by early May. This gives the town time to comply with building commissioner Rodman L. Palmer’s order to present a plan for the dismantling and removal of . . . Complete story »

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