Wind Power News: Massachusetts
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FALMOUTH – A Hatchville-based group, seeking reconsideration of a court judgment that permanently shut down two town-owned wind turbines, does not have the standing needed to file a motion to intervene and has made its move too late, according to an attorney representing a neighbor of one of the turbines. Both sides filed their positions in Barnstable Superior Court late this week. At issue is a June 20 ruling by Barnstable Superior Court Judge Cornelius Moriarty to uphold a decision by . . .
CONCORD, N.H. – The Department of Energy on Thursday awarded a key permit for a transmission project that would carry hydropower from Canada to more than a million homes in southern New England. The granting of what is called the Presidential permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. First conceived in 2010, the Northern Pass project calls for building a 192-mile electricity transmission line from Pittsburg to . . .
UMass Dartmouth is gearing up to lead a five-year, $1 million initiative to examine how offshore wind farms can coexist with commercial fishing and other industries. Deepwater Wind, which operates a wind farm off Block Island and hopes to build a bigger one south of Martha’s Vineyard, plans to bankroll the effort, which will be called the Blue Economy Initiative, the company announced on Thursday. However, the sponsorship agreement is contingent on the approval by state utilities of Deepwater Wind’s . . .
FALMOUTH – An effort to get Falmouth’s two controversial wind turbines spinning again is off to a slow start. The environmental group Green Center is seeking a hearing in Barnstable Superior Court to reconsider a judge’s recent decision to shut down the turbines because they were a nuisance to abutters. The group, hoping to lobby for some alternative to total shutdown, filed a motion to intervene, but failed to provide a copy to the town’s Zoning Board. According to Falmouth Town . . .
Region’s renewable needs spark a NH solar surge; Proposed new projects would swell state’s total capacity
When Edwin O. “Smokey” Smith sold an option for 47 acres of his grandfather’s farm in Hinsdale to become a small part of what could be the biggest solar farm this state has ever seen, he was doing it more to save for retirement than to save the world from climate change. “It’s a little extra money,” said Smith, a Republican who served seven terms in the NH House. “If someone was going to put a house up there, I’d . . .
DALTON – The town is embracing wind energy, but officials plan to chew a bit more on “cow power.” The Select Board heard a pitch Monday from Hampshire Power to buy electricity produced from cow manure and compost. Doing so would support green energy and yield credits to reduce its electric bill. The five-member board decided to hold off on a decision until its next meeting. But the town is moving ahead to support another form of alternative energy. After a . . .
FALMOUTH – After a brief closed door meeting Monday, the Board of Selectmen announced it will neither oppose or support a recently filed court motion aimed at getting the town’s two wind turbines spinning again. A Hatchville-based group called The Green Center, along with 12 Falmouth residents, filed a motion in Barnstable Superior Court last week to intervene in the case after a judge’s ruling made this summer resulted in the shutdown of the two town-owned wind turbines at the wastewater . . .
A dozen Falmouth citizens and The Green Center Inc. of Hatchville plan to file a legal motion to intervene with the Barnstable County Superior Court decision that caused shutdown of the town’s second wind turbine in June. On June 20, Barnstable County Superior Judge Cornelius J. Moriarty II upheld a zoning board of appeals decision deeming Wind 1 and Wind 2 a nuisance to neighbors Barry A. and Diane C. Funfar, and ordered that the turbines be shut down. The . . .
SCITUATE – The town will hire an independent consultant to review the noise generated by the Scituate Wind turbine. This was the unanimous decision by selectmen after a lengthy discussion among themselves Tuesday, as well as with residents who are being negatively affected by the turbine noise. “We’ve heard quite a bit of information from all sides,” Selectmen Chairman Maura Curran said. “It’s a touch discussion because Town Meeting approved the wind turbine. We’re trying to balance the needs of the . . .
If the power being generated causes health impacts; is that trade-off worth reducing your collective carbon footprint? Is it better to cause huge health issues to some folks so others can smugly say their power is "green"? And why is hurting folks with windmills to power your Tesla and Wi-fi OK, but cutting a thousand trees down in a state forest along an existing right of way is not OK? Is it OK to devalue homes in places like Florida, Monroe, or Savoy since they don't attract the hip New York City crowd?