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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 are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

January 17, 2018 • Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

D-Day approaches for Northern Pass

CONCORD – Next week Massachusetts’ three major electric distributors and the Department of Environmental Resources will announce which proposals to produce 10 terawatt hours of clean renewable energy over the next 20 years will be selected to negotiate long-term contracts. The 46 proposals present a buffet of options for energy officials and are expected to help meet Massachusetts’s clean energy goals. The Massachusetts legislation emphasizes new renewable energy sources and transmission systems to deliver “clean power” to southern New England. The . . . Complete story »

January 11, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Concerns surface with plan to connect offshore wind farm to Cape electric grid

WEST YARMOUTH – One of three offshore wind companies hoping to build wind farms south of Martha’s Vineyard is moving ahead with a plan to bring a transmission cable onshore either in Yarmouth or Barnstable to connect its turbines to the electric grid. But local officials are considering issues they want addressed as part of a state environmental review of the proposal by Vineyard Wind, and opposition is forming. “Our board still hasn’t taken any position,” said Tracy Post, chairwoman of . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth wind turbine could become cell tower

FALMOUTH – One of two controversial wind turbines at Falmouth’s wastewater treatment plant may become a cell tower, while the second may someday spin again, but not at its present location. Selectmen have begun to work on resolving the controversy over the two machines, and they are looking to the public for suggestions. A superior court judge in June put a stop to any future operation of the turbines at their present site. Ideas from officials and the public will be . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth Selectmen seek wind turbine consultant

Falmouth Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to authorize Town Manager Julian M. Suso to hire a consultant to help determine how to comply with building commissioner Rodman L. Palmer’s order to dismantle and remove Wind 1. “The wind turbines represent a very significant capital investment by Falmouth taxpayers and retain considerable residual value, which the town must responsibly analyze and manage,” Mr. Suso said at the board’s meeting on Monday, January 8. “Proper review and analysis of multiple complex alternatives . . . Complete story »

ISO-NE proposal would drive state-sponsored renewables into wholesale markets

Dive Brief: ISO New England has proposed tariff changes aimed accommodating state-sponsored renewable resources in the region’s Forward Capacity Market (FCM), while still finding a way to guard its competitive pricing mechanisms. The grid operator’s proposed solution calls for a two-stage Forward Capacity Auction (FCA). The first auction would function largely is it does today, but a second stage would include a voluntary substitution auction. Existing resources that just retained supply obligations in the primary capacity auction and “are willing to . . . Complete story »

January 10, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

State examines plan for undersea cables for Vineyard Wind

NEW BEDFORD – State review of proposed electrical transmission lines for Vineyard Wind began Monday. Power cables buried in the seabed would connect the proposed offshore wind farm to the shore across Nantucket Sound. A Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act review started Monday with meetings in Boston and Hyannis and a site visit to Barnstable and Yarmouth. The state is looking for information about potential effects of the installation and maintenance of cables. Potentially affected parties include fishermen who fish for species . . . Complete story »

January 9, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

DPU oks new fees on solar, wind installations

Eversource Energy customers who install new solar or wind installations on their property after December 31 of this year will face higher monthly charges under a ruling last week by the state Department of Public Utilities. The DPU approved a rate hike for Eversource at the end of November, but put off ruling on how the company’s rates should be designed and implemented until Friday. As part of the Friday ruling, the DPU sided with Eversource in ruling that customers . . . Complete story »

January 6, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth selectmen announce Wind 1 determination

The Falmouth Board of Selectmen took no action regarding Building Commissioner Rodman L. Palmer’s order to remove Wind 1 at their Tuesday meeting, January 2, but did say they will discuss the matter further at future meetings. Following a complaint from Fire Tower Road resident Mark J. Cool, Mr. Palmer determined Wind 1 was a non-complying structure and ordered its removal. The approximately 400-foot-tall turbine was last used in September 2015, after the Massachusetts Court of Appeals ruled the turbine . . . Complete story »

January 5, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Savoy rescinds, prohibits commercial wind power bylaw

Savoy, Massachusetts has rescinded a decade-old wind power bylaw that allows for commercial wind power generation. In January 2008, Savoy became one of the first towns in Berkshire County to establish a wind power bylaw. But at a special town meeting in December, the town moved to block commercial wind power generation, and added language that specifically prohibits it. Opponents say wind turbines put unnecessary financial stress on rural communities. Developer Minuteman Wind still holds a building permit for a . . . Complete story »

January 3, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Foe takes aim at second Falmouth turbine

FALMOUTH – If one town-owned wind turbine on the wastewater treatment plant property must be dismantled and hauled away because it is “non-conforming” under the town’s general bylaws, the second turbine on the same site should be taken down and carted off as well, according to an abutter of the controversial wind machines. Building Commissioner Rod Palmer recently wrote to selectmen, asking that they submit a plan by May 31 for the dismantling and removal of Wind 1. The action was . . . Complete story »

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