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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

October 30, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth might need special legislation to move wind turbines

Falmouth will likely require special legislation to dismantle and dispose of the two wind turbines at the wastewater treatment plant site on Blacksmith Shop Road. “Under my review, because the town was not able to get the approval of the state to do a 25A procurement, this really presents a myriad of procurement and disposal issues, and legal issues, to try to move these turbines to some other parcel of land,” attorney Christopher W. Morog told the Falmouth Select Board . . . Complete story »

October 28, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth no closer to dismantling wind turbines Town officials frustrated by state actions

FALMOUTH – After a decade of issues regarding the two wind turbines that stand at the wastewater treatment plant, the town is no closer to seeing them dismantled. The town has been working to find ways to either move the turbines for use elsewhere or dismantling and disposing of them completely. The state recently rejected the town’s request under a specific law that would have made it easier to dismantle the turbines without costing millions of more dollars. “We have a . . . Complete story »

October 16, 2020 • Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Mills joins push for region’s electric grid operations to reflect state climate goals

Gov. Janet Mills has joined four other New England governors to press the operator of the region’s electric grid to do more to accommodate a future in which most people will be encouraged to heat their homes and drive vehicles powered with electricity generated by renewable resources. In a statement issued Wednesday to grid operator ISO-New England, the governors of Maine, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and Rhode Island said operation of the grid and the current wholesale electricity market must be . . . Complete story »

October 3, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind energy project up for discussion in Falmouth

Falmouth, however, has a complicated relationship with wind energy. About a decade ago two wind turbines were installed at the wastewater treatment plant. Neighboring property owners filed multiple lawsuits, and both of the turbines were shut down. Last year town meeting voters approved an article requesting that the town pay $2.5 million to dismantle them. The town could also pay millions in debt related to the turbines. The wind turbines have yet to be dismantled, and the issue has yet to be resolved. "We’ve already been down this road,” Moriarty said. “We’re already 20 million (dollars) in the hole because of the wind turbine project in West Falmouth.” Complete story »

September 29, 2020 • Letters, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind project has opposition

I read with great interest “The power of wind” point of view (Sept. 21) by Allie McCandless. The writer enthusiastically defends the Vineyard Wind Project as one that will launch Massachusetts “into a clean future.” In fact, the Vineyard Wind project has raised considerable opposition among conservationists. The 84 projected wind turbines would install two 220,000-volt alternative current submarine cables, seriously disturbing the underwater ecosystem and the fishing industry by generating heat, noise and possibly disturbing the electromagnetic field. The . . . Complete story »

September 25, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth Conservation Commission approves testing for undersea cables

An offshore wind farm project located 26 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard will be testing two possible sites in Falmouth to bring the energy to shore. The 804-megawatt project from Cambridge-based Mayflower Wind is located on the Atlantic Coast Outer Continental Shelf. The company is looking at several paths to connect the energy to the power grid, with Falmouth being on the short list. “We’re still in early stages, and we are exploring alternative routes,” Christopher Hardy, Mayflower’s external affairs . . . Complete story »

September 24, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

UMass Dartmouth wind turbine comes down after stormy history

DARTMOUTH – If you were on campus Monday afternoon and thought the UMass Dartmouth landscape looked different, you’re right. Crews dismantled the sole wind turbine on the sprawling grounds a little after 1 p.m. after eight years of its mediocre performance, according to university officials. “The sad fact is that it just never worked right to begin with,” said Jamie Jacquart, Assistant Director for the Office of Campus Sustainability & Residential Initiatives. “It runs one day, then doesn’t run the next, . . . Complete story »

September 9, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind partners with Nantucket for support

NANTUCKET – Vineyard Wind, the developer of a proposed 84-turbine wind farm south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, will contribute $4 million to a community fund to support island initiatives as part of an agreement between the company and the town. Once construction financing is secured, the developer will provide the money to the Nantucket Offshore Wind Community Fund to support efforts to combat the effects of climate change, enhance coastal resiliency and protect the town’s cultural and historic resources, according . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Town of Kingston, Cathay Bank want turbine owner to pay up after receiving $6.75M settlement

KINGSTON – Kingston may be able to recover money from the defunct wind turbine next to the Boneyard Dog Park that stopped spinning in 2019 following a cease-and-desist order from the town and seven years of complaints about the noise and flicker. Kingston Wind Independence, the company that put up and operated the wind turbine, received a $6.75 million settlement from the turbine manufacturer, Hyundai Heavy Industries, according to court documents. Cathay Bank, which issued a $5 million loan for the . . . Complete story »

August 13, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind to pay town $34.4 million in mitigation money

Vineyard Wind has agreed to pay the town $34.4 million over the next 45 years as financial mitigation for the 84-turbine offshore wind farm it’s proposed 14 miles southwest of Madaket that some town officials, preservationists, fishermen and environmentalists see as potentially environmentally and visually devastating. The offshore wind-energy company has also agreed to move the first row of turbines back on its 250-square-mile, 800-megawatt-project site, paint the turbines a non-reflective gray color and install an aircraft detection lighting system . . . Complete story »

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