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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 do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

March 11, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Health board investigating ‘nuisance’ wind turbines on Plymouth border

PLYMOUTH – Residents in Plymouth and Bourne who are upset with wind turbines they say are a health hazard will have to wait a little longer to see if their complaints will be acted upon. After labeling the project a “public nuisance” two weeks ago, the Board of Health said Wednesday it will continue to review the situation and consult with town counsel and the Select Board about what next steps to take in this ongoing scenario. “We will pursue . . . Complete story »

March 9, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Healey calls for exploring expanded carbon pricing

Attorney General Maura Healey released a white paper on Monday that calls for the creation of a New England task force to explore expanded use of carbon pricing in electricity generation to achieve region-wide greenhouse gas emission reductions. The white paper’s recommendation is drawing attention because it mirrors what the region’s power grid operator has been saying for years. Healey in the past has been critical of the grid operator, ISO New England, for failing to design a wholesale market . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Plymouth health board reviewing wind turbines on Bourne line

PLYMOUTH – Larry McGrath hasn’t used his patio in two years. The vibrations, noise and pulsating lights, he says, make it impossible to enjoy what should be a serene and peaceful outdoor setting at his home on Lake Drive near the Bourne border. The source of these sensations emanates from a series of large wind turbines that began generating power four years ago. Located in Plymouth on the line with Bourne, the 500-foot structures have been a concern to neighbors . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind facing lots of hurdles

A federal regulator speaking at a conference in Boston on Tuesday posted a slide suggesting Vineyard Wind would be operational in 2023, but the company itself is not saying whether its wind farm will be generating electricity by then. Vineyward Wind originally hoped to begin construction in 2019 and have half the 800 megawatt wind farm up and running by January 15, 2022, and the remaining half a year later. That timetable was dashed when the Bureau of Ocean Energy . . . Complete story »

February 17, 2020 • Letters, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

No response on Hoosac Wind complaints

Early the morning of Feb. 6, I was woken from noise and vibrations from Hoosac Wind yet again audible in our bedroom. The noise from the turbines was loud enough to wake me and I was not able to sleep. I called the Landowner Concern Line even though the last four calls were ignored with no response over the last five months. Neighbors also tell me of a similar situation with calls to the line with no response from the . . . Complete story »

February 15, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines in Plymouth declared public health nuisance

After years of fighting, Plymouth has declared several massive wind turbines a public health nuisance. “Thank goodness they’re responding,” said Karen McMahon, who has lived for three years in the shadow of several 500-foot tall wind turbines. “It’s horrible and it vibrates. And it vibrates the windows.” She says it is nearly impossible to tune out the sound of the giant blades. “There are three sets of blades that I can see from my living room,” she said. Her neighbor . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Feds launch probe of Mass. renewables plan

The U.S. International Trade Commission launched an investigation this week into how Massachusetts’ goals for sourcing renewable power would affect consumers and climate goals across New England. The analysis of the “economic effects” of the state’s renewable goals puts the Trump administration in the middle of a contentious policy debate over whether increased imports of Canadian hydroelectricity would help Northeast states meet their climate targets. The investigation will consider the state’s “most recent renewable energy goals and commitments,” as well . . . Complete story »

February 14, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Plymouth board declares wind turbines a nuisance

After years of running into roadblocks, residents who live near Future Generation Wind made some headway Wednesday night when the Plymouth Board of Health unanimously voted to declare the four turbines along Route 25 a nuisance. “We want to do justice to this and to all the parties involved,” board Chairwoman Birgitta Kuehn said. The board also unanimously voted to take action on the turbines within a reasonable time. Up to 30 residents from Bourne and Plymouth crowded into the . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2020 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Good news, bad news on offshore wind

The offshore wind industry took one step forward and one step backward on Tuesday. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management said its review of the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project would be completed by June 12 and a final decision on the project issued by December 18 – 15 months later than originally projected. That delay, caused by the need to do a cumulative impact analysis of wind farms going up all along the East Coast, is a setback . . . Complete story »

February 12, 2020 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

With setback, offshore wind launch pushed beyond 2022

BOSTON – The project that has been eyed as the first utility-scale offshore wind development in the country was dealt a blow from the federal government Tuesday and Vineyard Wind no longer expects that its 800-megawatt project, chosen to deliver Massachusetts clean, renewable power, will become operational by 2022. The Trump administration, which lawmakers and some in the energy world have accused of being prejudiced against wind developments, on Tuesday announced a new – and longer-than-anticipated – timeline for the . . . Complete story »

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