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.
The proposed legislation compelling Massachusetts consumers to buy 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2050 represent a triumph of politics over common sense. The “100 percent” proposal is unrealistic and unnecessary and will raise the electric bills of every business and homeowner in the Southeast region. Here’s the problem: Over the past nine years, we have spent billions of dollars subsidizing renewable energy. Yet just 12 percent of our electricity in Massachusetts comes from wind, solar, and . . .
The three companies vying for Massachusetts offshore wind contracts sharply disagree on how big the initial procurement should be, but they are united in their belief that electricity generation and transmission should be handled by them and them alone. The companies spelled out their positions in responses to a Baker administration request for ideas on how to write a request for proposals scheduled to go out this summer. A law passed last year directs the state to procure 1,600 megawatts . . .
What the companies building wind-power projects south of Martha’s Vineyard don’t tell the public about is the destruction of fish habitat. These wind farms are huge in area, at least five times the size of the Vineyard. That doesn’t even include the cables that carry the power to shore. We don’t even know how many cables there will be, or where they are going! These cables are jetted six feet into the ocean bottom. The destruction to the bottom and . . .
After months of silence, lawyers for Cape Wind spoke loud and clear in court at the end of last year. “This project is going forward unequivocally,” Cape Wind attorney Christopher Marraro told a U.S. District Court judge during a conference in Washington, D.C., in December. Cape Wind’s assertion in court that it is still intending to put 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound is further buttressed by a second recent development. In December, Cape Wind made its annual $88,000 lease . . .
Two more companies want to construct wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts, generating hundreds of megawatts of wind energy from potentially 100 or more turbines. Unsolicited lease requests were received by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management from subsidiaries of Germany’s PNE Wind AG and Norway’s Statoil ASA to develop designated wind energy areas south of Martha’s Vineyard, adjacent to sites already leased for wind farms by Dong Energy A/S and Offshore MW. The requests for the offshore . . .
Is the Massachusetts wind turbine bylaw too weak? Does it fail to adequately protect neighbors from excessive noise? Is ConEdison violating existing noise bylaws?
German developer PNE Wind AG and Norway’s Statoil ASA are asking the U.S. government to open additional sites for offshore wind farms off the coasts of New York and Massachusetts. The sites south of Long Island, New York, and Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, are near existing areas already designated for offshore development, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said in a statement Friday. The unsolicited requests for offshore leases come amid growing interest in developing clean energy off the U.S. . . .
Two very different strategies are beginning to emerge as three offshore wind companies prepare to vie for up to 1,600 megawatts of contracts with the state of Massachusetts. The powerhouse partnership of DONG Energy and Eversource Energy, operating under the name of Bay State Wind, has adopted what might be described as a go-it-alone, bigger-is-better approach. DONG is a Danish company and one of the largest wind developers in Europe. Eversource is a Boston-based utility aggressively trying to expand into . . .
In the years since it was installed, residents have complained to the board of health that noise and flicker from the 400-foot turbine was responsible for headaches, dizziness, nausea and sleep deprivation.
In a discussion about climate change on Monday evening at the Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center, state Rep. Dylan Fernandes, Vineyard Power president Richard Andre, and Woods Hole Research Center (WHRC) president and executive director Philip Duffy were preaching to the choir. The crowd at the center was committed to the science of climate change, and to the development of strategies to limit its potential effects. Of particular interest was an effort, underway now, to press for enactment of legislation titled . . .