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.
NEWBURYPORT – For the first time since it went online eight years ago, the 292-foot-high wind turbine on Parker Street is being partly dismantled, but only temporarily. “We’re actually taking down a portion of it for maintenance purposes. It’s the hub (center) at the top where the blades and rotor are. Ball bearings and other parts need to be replaced,” said Pam Fullerton, business development manager for Mark Richey Woodworking, which owns and operates the structure, on Monday. “We originally planned . . .
For a couple of years now, Beacon Hill insiders have viewed the once-vaunted Cape Wind Energy Project as dead, a victim of local opposition, persistent lawsuits, financing challenges, and power purchase and permitting setbacks. As recently as this summer, the Massachusetts Legislature wrote language into an offshore wind energy development bill that essentially disqualified the Nantucket Sound project from competing for the long-term energy contracts called for under a law signed by Gov. Charlie Baker. Cape Wind officials in June . . .
Princeton Municipal Light Department Manager Brian Allen asked that his three-page letter in response to a proposal by selectman Jon Fudeman to allow the town to have more control over the light department be read into the record at the Jan. 9 selectmen’s meeting. Allen was responding to three warrant articles for the annual town meeting in May that selectman Fudeman had proposed at the previous selectmen’s meeting. Fudeman wanted more say regarding the borrowing by the light department and . . .
Emera Inc. has plans to run a submarine power cable from New Brunswick to Massachusetts, and is looking for partners with power to spare, willing to partner on a plan to feed the U.S. marketplace. And Premier Dwight Ball said this province might look to get in on the deal. “Well, right now this is very early days,” Ball said when asked about the link project after a speech to the Heavy Civil Association of Newfoundland and Labrador on Thursday. . . .
In December, a company called CleanChoice Energy mailed out a sales pitch to electricity customers in eastern Massachusetts. The letter acknowledged that 100 percent renewable energy from solar and wind would cost “a little more” than “polluting energy,” but said the added expense was worth it. “That’s because the energy you are choosing is better for you and the planet,” the brochure said. “When you add more renewable energy to the electric grid, you are reducing toxic waste and air . . .
The wind installation of five industrial turbines about to be constructed in Savoy makes me terribly sad. Into the foreseeable and unforeseeable future, these huge industrial machines will mar a once beautiful place. Each of the turbines will be 492 feet high. The Statue of Liberty and the Bennington Monument both measure about 300 feet. The turbines will be situated right on Hawley’s border, adjacent to several homes and Stump Sprouts, a lovely hill-top resort which brings visitors to the . . .
It is dangerous to believe that the Cape Wind project, proposed just off our unspoiled beaches, is dead. In fact, the strategy Cape Wind is currently employing to reemerge from its defunct position was made clear in the recent article (“Changing landscape for renewable energy,” Dec. 25). It’s this: Hold on to the long-term federal lease and wait for the right time to build a massive project in the middle of Nantucket Sound. The cost of offshore wind is dropping, . . .
PLYMOUTH – Along with electricity a bi-product of ground mounted solar arrays appears to be ink, as proponents and opponents of commercial solar arrays continued to butt heads in 2016. In the past five years a total of 15 arrays have been approved in Plymouth, utilizing close to 200 acres of residentially zoned property. In 2016 alone the Planning Board OK’d three ground mounted solar arrays totaling just under 50 acres of cleared land. Town officials and residents have singled . . .
KINGSTON – The Independence wind turbine turned again after a mechanical shutdown in 2016, and complaints from neighbors about flicker and noise continue. The year started with the town of Kingston and Board of Health defending against a lawsuit by turbine owner Kingston Wind Independence over a modified abatement order approved in October 2015. The town did so by claiming breach of contract. KWI leases the former landfill property from the town, and there is a power purchase agreement in . . .
Wind. Solar. Hydro. Natural gas. Nuclear. Anywhere you look, a major story that’s sure to remain very much with us in the coming year is energy – and its implications for the environment. To be sure, a continuation of an ongoing struggle over bringing safe, reliable and cost-effective energy solutions closer to fruition for more people will continue to foment discussion and debate. The most significant energy question in the coming year, in terms of potential long-range environmental impact on the . . .