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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.

November 8, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Disabled and disassembled: Blades removed from Applied Materials turbine

The giant wind turbine that has generated both power and a number of repair issues for the Applied Materials/Varian Semiconductor Associates facility in Gloucester’s Blackburn Industrial Park literally have reached a new low. Portions of the 492-foot high turbine had been disassembled and were lying on the ground Wednesday morning. The disassembly marks at least the third time in the last four years that the Applied turbine – the tallest of the three within the industrial park – has been shut down . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Appeals Court upholds Falmouth wind turbine decision

BOSTON – The latest attempt by a citizens group to pursue a less drastic alternative to the court- ordered permanent shutdown of Falmouth’s two wind turbines has failed, ending eight years of litigation related to the controversial machines. Barnstable Superior Court Judge Cornelius Moriarty had deemed the turbines at the town’s wastewater treatment facility a nuisance and ordered that they be permanently shut down in June 2017. The selectmen voted not to appeal the decision. But a local citizens group, The . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2018 • Massachusetts, VirginiaPrint storyE-mail story

Cautionary offshore wind tale out of Va.

Massachusetts earned plaudits earlier this year for its handling of an offshore wind procurement, but not every state’s pursuit of renewable energy is getting rave reviews. Reports out of Virginia suggest the state may be getting hoodwinked by one of its leading utilities. The cautionary Virginia tale began innocently enough earlier this year. Angry about reports the state’s utilities had been making excessive profits for years, the Virginia legislature approved a law that required Dominion Energy and Appalachian Power Co. . . . Complete story »

November 3, 2018 • Massachusetts, New YorkPrint storyE-mail story

Baker urges Interior: Keep NY turbines out of prime fishing grounds

NEW BEDFORD – Gov. Charlie Baker wrote to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on Thursday to ask him to consider eliminating the highest-priority fishing areas from future leases for offshore wind, particularly in the New York Bight, a heavily fished area south of Long Island. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has begun evaluating potential locations in the New York Bight for wind. “Some of the areas under consideration for leasing represent very productive and high-value grounds for fishermen from . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Day-long dialogue between fishing, wind industries nets some progress

WARWICK, R.I. – Eight hours of ideas, conversation, debate and dialogue from two industries relying on use of the ocean filled the the large grand ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Wednesday. In a meeting described as the first of its kind, the fishing industry from Maine to New York as well as the offshore wind industry in Massachusetts and Rhode Island met for a workshop hosted by Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA) to discuss two key aspects: fishing transit . . . Complete story »

November 2, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Yarmouth, Barnstable react to status of wind farm cable review

BARNSTABLE – With the end of state proceedings to decide where Vineyard Wind will land its high-voltage cable on the Cape’s southern shoreline, town officials in Barnstable and Yarmouth are feeling satisfied, though for different reasons. “I’m not displeased with where we stand right now,” said Norman Holcomb, chairman of the Yarmouth Board of Selectmen. “I think the state process has worked.” The Energy Facilities Siting Board hearings on offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind’s cable proposal ended Friday. The siting board . . . Complete story »

October 31, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth looking at $5.7M profit if wind turbine relocated

FALMOUTH – Relocating a wind turbine could earn Falmouth a $5 million profit. Stephen Wiehe, an associate from the engineering firm hired to seek a new location for Wind II, Weston & Sampson, said the Town of Falmouth would profit $5.7 million dollars over the next 20 years if the town moves one of the two turbines it owns to another spot on the wastewater treatment plant property. The move would make the turbine operational once again. The town would . . . Complete story »

Report maps potential environmental impacts of offshore wind energy

A four-year study of planned wind energy areas off the East Coast found that building and operating offshore wind energy arrays could affect some of the region’s most commercially valuable fish species. The report by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was written to help the federal Bureau of Offshore Energy Management to evaluate development plans for eight offshore wind energy leases issued by the agency. Those areas, extending from the largest proposals to date off southern New . . . Complete story »

October 27, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine fire may save town money

IPSWICH – Some good news and some bad news from last week’s wind turbine fire. The town won’t have to pay for repairs, and it will save a little money after a fire knocked out the turbine last week. However, there may be some additional costs due to lost credits in the electricity market. In a statement released on Friday afternoon, Ipswich Electric Light Department manager Jon Blair said, “Financially speaking, this is of little consequence to the ELD and its . . . Complete story »

October 26, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Bourne health board declares Plymouth turbines a nuisance

After years of hearing complaints of noise, headaches and sleep deprivation, the Bourne Board of Health declared Wednesday that the four wind turbines across the town border in Plymouth are negatively affecting public health. “The avenues in front of this board are pretty exhausted,” said Kathleen Peterson, chairwoman of the Board of Health. “We can’t stop their license.” The board will communicate to the Plymouth Board of Health its determination that the turbines are a nuisance to the residents of . . . Complete story »

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