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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.

Wind power proposals surpass natural gas plans

The manager of New England’s power grid says for the first time ever, there are more proposals for new wind power projects than there are for natural gas. But getting those wind turbines up and running is a totally different ballgame. About half of those new proposed wind projects would be onshore – in northern parts of New England. But here’s the problem: many don’t have a way to plug into the grid. “Half of the wind projects would be sited . . . Complete story »

March 1, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth wind turbine spinning again

EAST FALMOUTH – The 400-foot wind turbine built in the Falmouth Technology Park in 2010 is spinning again after being offline for about seven weeks. Daniel Webb, who owns the turbine under the company name of Notus Clean Energy LLC, said the turbine had been shut down for a “normal and routine” maintenance issue. A bearing needed replacement and its location required the removal of the rotor blades. The length of time the turbine was offline was mostly due to the . . . Complete story »

February 21, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

It generates power and cuts emissions, but is Lynn’s wind turbine making any money?

LYNN – Nearly five years after the 254-foot-tall wind turbine was built on the Lynnway, whether the electricity generating device has been a success depends on who you ask. “The Lynn Water and Sewer Commission has always looked for innovative ways to reduce electricity both for cost and emission,” said Robert Tina, the city’s water treatment plant operations director. “Over the years, we’ve saved a significant amount of electricity through innovative technology.” The wind turbine, the most noticeable landmark on the . . . Complete story »

February 20, 2018 • Maine, Massachusetts, VermontPrint storyE-mail story

Maine power line picked over Vermont options for Mass RFP

It appears that Vermont has lost out again on a massive powerline proposal that would have sent upwards of 1,200 megawatts of electricity from Quebec to Massachusetts and brought hundreds of millions of dollars into the state. Vermont appeared to be back in the running for the renewable power project after Eversource Energy’s Northern Pass, which would have run through New Hampshire, failed to get a key permit after winning the initial bid. Eversource had been selected as the Massachusetts . . . Complete story »

February 18, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind project sparks divisions

Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew Beaton has cautioned that the environmental review Vineyard Wind is undergoing for its underground cables is to encourage public participation and help state agencies. The review won’t stop a project in its tracks, he said. “I do not have the authority to approve or deny a project,” Beaton said in his Feb. 9 certificate on the Vineyard Wind “Connector” environmental notification form. About 150 individuals and agencies sent comments about the connector project, . . . Complete story »

February 17, 2018 • Maine, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

LePage vows to push through $950M project to send Quebec hydropower through Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine – Massachusetts chose a $950 million project headed by Maine utility Central Maine Power to be its backup option for a massive clean energy procurement that appeared headed to New Hampshire before regulators there nixed it last week. Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s energy czar said his boss would “push this right through” the rest of the permitting process handled by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, but it could set off confrontations with environmentalists who have been cool to, . . . Complete story »

February 17, 2018 • Maine, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

CMP’s $1 billion project to deliver renewable power to Massachusetts gets second chance

A nearly $1 billion transmission proposal by Central Maine Power to bring hydropower from Quebec to markets in Massachusetts is still in the running after a competing proposal ran into trouble with New Hampshire regulators. CMP’s project, called New England Clean Energy Connect, entails building a 145-mile transmission corridor through Maine to deliver power to Massachusetts, which is trying to increase its use of renewable power by 2020. CMP’s proposal had been a runner-up in the request for proposals from . . . Complete story »

February 16, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Commercial fishermen question wind farm video

Offshore wind proponents are touting new undersea footage that suggests a vibrant marine habitat is growing around the nation’s first offshore wind farm – a five-turbine operation off Rhode Island’s waters. The American Wind Energy Association, an industry trade group, says the roughly two-minute clip it posted on YouTube this week shows the potential for the nation’s fishing industry as larger projects are envisioned up and down the East Coast. “The turbine foundations are now acting as an artificial reef,” said . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth Selectmen announce wind turbine debt settlement

Falmouth Selectmen announced a settlement agreement with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center on Monday night, February 12. “The board of selectmen voted to have the town manager enter into agreement with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Technology Center, also known as the Mass CEC, which effectively reduces the obligation Falmouth has from about $1.5 million to about $178,000,” selectmen chairman Susan L. Moran said, describing the reduction as “a great result.” Town Manager Julian M. Suso thanked the board for its . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Town settles turbine costs with Clean Energy Committee

A deal between the Town of Falmouth and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center has reduced the town’s debt on one of its two municipal wind turbines by more than $1 million. Selectmen Chairman Susan Moran announced Monday that selectmen had come to an agreement with the CEC to pay off its debt for Wind 1 for $178,000. That figure was negotiated down from $1.5 million. Selectmen voted in executive session Monday to authorize Town Manager Julian Suso to finalize the . . . Complete story »

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