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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.

August 29, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Petition mobilizes opponents of Vineyard Wind plan in Yarmouth

WEST YARMOUTH – Thousands of visitors and residents have signed a petition opposing an effort by offshore energy company Vineyard Wind to bring a high-wattage transmission cable through Lewis Bay and onshore in Yarmouth. “We’re trying to get the route changed, that’s the bottom line,” West Yarmouth resident David Bernstein, who helped distribute the petition, said of its intent. “We’re not trying to stop the wind farm.” Vineyard Wind – which in May won a bid to sell electricity to the state’s . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Barnstable considered as possible home to Vineyard Wind substation

BARNSTABLE – Vineyard Wind, the company that plans to build an 800 megawatt wind farm 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, may use Barnstable for an electrical sub-station at Covell’s Beach in Hyannis. Cables would be buried up to six feet below the sea floor, eventually leading to a landing point based on shore. From there, the cables would be extended into an inland grid connection hub. “We continue our discussions with Vineyard Wind relevant to their proposal to construct . . . Complete story »

August 29, 2018 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Massachusetts offshore wind farm forecasts incredibly low rates

A proposed wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts has indicated that it can produce electricity starting at 7.4 cents per kilowatt hour. This will purportedly save Massachusetts customers $1.4 billion dollars over 20 years and reduce monthly bills by between 0.1 percent and 1.5 percent. Whether they can fulfill that pledge is questionable, but to even attempt to do so requires huge subsidies from the government paid for by the American taxpayer. Federal tax credits and . . . Complete story »

August 24, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Energy companies dominate list of top spenders on lobbying in Mass.

Lobbyists in Massachusetts know the energy sector – with its complexities and government rules – can be a lucrative source of revenue. That’s certainly been true this year: Five of the nine biggest corporate spenders on outside lobbyists so far have come from that industry. But Partners HealthCare was the top corporate spender, again, blowing through nearly $400,000 on outside lobbying contracts, according to new data for the first half of the year provided by the secretary of state’s office. Health care . . . Complete story »

August 23, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Second Falmouth turbine may be slow to go

FALMOUTH – Two wind turbines at the town’s wastewater treatment plant have been under a court order since June 2017 never to spin again. While plans are being made to haul Wind 1 off the site, allaying fears of neighbors who have battled the town in court for years, Wind 2 may remain where it stands for some time. Neighbor Barry Funfar filed a complaint with the building commissioner June 25 regarding a requirement that Wind 2 be dismantled and hauled . . . Complete story »

August 23, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Neighbors of Plymouth turbines bring health concerns to Bourne board

BUZZARDS BAY – Residents of Bourne find themselves in limbo over what to do about the ongoing effects of living near wind turbines located across the town line in Plymouth. Although many residents of Bourne, particularly in the village of Buzzards Bay, live closer to the wind turbines than most Plymouth residents, they have not received any mitigation funds or guidance as to what to do from either of the towns. Since the Future Generation Wind turbines owned by ConEdison began . . . Complete story »

August 21, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Savoy wind turbine project concedes defeat

SAVOY – The town that said yes to wind power, then no, can now say goodbye to Minuteman Wind. The developer said Monday it will not go to court to fight the town’s decision to deny it a building permit. “With the passing of today’s deadline without the filing of a Notice of Appeal, Minuteman regrettably acknowledges the end of the Savoy Project,” Larry Plitch, a Minuteman principal, said in a statement on behalf of the company. Minuteman had been working . . . Complete story »

August 20, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Time ticking down on Savoy wind project’s appeal period

SAVOY – It will be known within days whether Savoy’s official “no” to a commercial wind power project is the last word. Odds are, it isn’t. As reported by The Eagle in July, the town’s Zoning Board of Appeals rejected a request from Minuteman Wind LLC to let the company move forward with a plan to erect five turbines on West Hill. The project, more than a decade in the making, needed the ZBA to overturn a building inspector’s April decision . . . Complete story »

New England governors urge ISO-NE to focus on affordablility

Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and Vermont Governor Phil Scott today issued the following statement related to ISO New England and affordable electricity. ISO-NE is charged with maintaining electric supply and reliability in New England. New England, as a region, has the highest electric rates in the nation (though not the highest electric bills, largely because of efficiency). Maine Governor Governor Paul LePage did not sign the . . . Complete story »

August 14, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind has a big selling point for its power: cheaper prices

The first major offshore wind farm to be built off New England’s coast has at least one big selling point, compared to the doomed Cape Wind project that preceded it: much cheaper electricity. The new project, known as Vineyard Wind, is slated to begin construction next year, some 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. Vineyard Wind has generated less opposition than Cape Wind, which succumbed to years of litigation because of its proposed location in Nantucket Sound, as close as . . . Complete story »

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