Wind Power News: Massachusetts
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European countries have been harnessing energy in offshore wind farms since 1991, but to date, Massachusetts has yet to take advantage of the resource available off its ample coastline. That is expected to change in the next few years, however, as three wind energy developers plan to install the state’s first offshore wind farms about 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The designated development area covers more than 840,000 acres and is under the jurisdiction of the federal . . .
Multiple speakers said while they are proponents of alternative energy sourcing, their lives are severely and negatively impacted by wind turbines which they believe are too close to residences. Two commentators reported illness, inability to sleep and other life-changing impacts from nearby turbines. “The biggest problem was a lack of adequate, pre-construction siting studies,” Falmouth resident Glen Roland said. “I’d say for any future turbines, that be carefully looked at.” A resident of Plymouth noted that his wife once had to catch the television monitor as it fell off a dresser due to the vibrations caused by poorly-zoned turbines.
FALMOUTH – A trial related to the wind turbines at the Falmouth wastewater treatment plant was set to begin today but has been postponed. The case was filed by the town of Falmouth against the local Zoning Board of Appeals and Blacksmith Road residents Neil and Elizabeth Andersen. The town is attempting to overturn the zoning board’s decision to grant relief to the Andersens, who were looking to abate the nuisance at their property caused by the operation of the . . .
A small but growing number of cities and towns are negotiating new electric contracts for their residents to boost renewable energy use in Massachusetts, bypassing the basic service offered by utilities such as National Grid and Eversource. The practice is called municipal aggregation. “Traditionally, it’s been much more used as a practice to achieve savings and provide much more price stability,” said Cammy Peterson, director of clean energy at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council. “The innovation is that piece where . . .
If you’ve taken off from Logan Airport, you’ve probably seen the unusual white wind turbine on Deer Island – the one that looks a bit like a lollipop and stands apart from the two more traditional turbines that produce electricity for the water treatment plant there. The turbine was planted in 2011 by Ogin Inc. as a demonstration of the company’s new technology. (Ogin, at the time, was known as FloDesign Wind Turbine.) Ogin said its “ducted” turbine – the duct refers . . .
Fairhaven’s north turbine suffered a setback when a component blew out and caught fire on April 7. According to the fire department report, just before 3:30 p.m., a public works employee heard a “bang” and saw smoke coming from one of the wind turbines (WT), which are off Arsene Street, near the public works department, treatment plant and recycle center. The fire department responded, but saw nothing suspicious on arrival. Firefighters learned from William Baldwin of Baldwin Energy Services that . . .
The state’s utilities on Monday set in motion a first-of-its-kind procurement for 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power by asking Massachusetts regulators to approve a bid process that gives companies some flexibility in setting the size of their projects while requiring them to price out two very different approaches to delivering the electricity to the mainland. The draft request for proposals, or RFP, also raises the possibility that Massachusetts could invite a Rhode Island utility and the state of Connecticut . . .
NEW BEDFORD – Amid all of the challenges that could face offshore wind power along the East Coast – legal disputes from commercial fishing advocates, construction plans altered by whale migrations, President Donald Trump’s emphasis on revitalizing fossil fuels and more – some promising news for renewable industry supporters arrived in mid-March. That’s when a telling indication of how offshore wind power might fare under President Trump was delivered, after an uncertain, wait-and-see winter. Following months of silence about offshore wind, a statement . . .
A Barnstable Superior Court jury found in favor of the Town of Falmouth on Thursday, April 27, in a nuisance trial concerning Wind 1, one of the town’s two wind turbines. But another case involving the same plaintiffs could start in early May. Blacksmith Shop Road residents Elizabeth L. Andersen and Neil P. Andersen sued the town in September 2012. The Andersens, who abut Wind 1, claimed the structure’s operation disrupted their ability to enjoy their property. The Andersens sought . . .
FALMOUTH – A Barnstable Superior Court jury on Thursday sided with Falmouth officials in a lawsuit over one of the town’s wind turbines. Despite the decision, the turbine known as Wind 1 – one of two turbines at the Falmouth Wastewater Treatment Facility – must remain shut down as the town battles its own Zoning Board of Appeals in Land Court and faces off with neighbors in a morass of additional legal challenges. The case focused on whether Wind 1 was a nuisance . . .