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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.

June 1, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth wind litigation winds down

FALMOUTH – An eight-year legal battle between the town and residents who live near two controversial wind turbines at the municipal wastewater treatment plant off Blacksmith Shop Road has been brought to a close with the recent settlement of three remaining court cases involving monetary damages. The town’s insurer paid the 10 complainants named in the suits a total of $255,000, according to Town Counsel Frank Duffy. Eight litigants agreed to settlement amounts in March and have already been paid. Linda . . . Complete story »

June 1, 2018 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Is Baker getting carried away with offshore wind?

Gov. Charlie Baker may have gotten a little carried away on Wednesday talking about the “terrific pricing” the state is going to get for offshore wind power. “People are going to be really surprised, I think, because the argument has always been, ‘Well, renewable and clean energy sources are great but, jeez, they’re more expensive.’ I think people are going to be really surprised by what they see here,” Baker said during an “Ask the Governor” segment on WGBH radio. . . . Complete story »

June 1, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Fishing industry says it is threatened by offshore power development

Officials in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are rejoicing about the surge in offshore power developments. But one group of workers is not happy about the development. “Offshore wind threatens the future of commercial fishing on the east coast of America,” says Meghan Lapp, an industry liaison with federal regulators. She says between the structures, the cables, and the radar interference, the wind turbine farms proposed for offshore will take away fishing grounds. “It’s the greatest threat to commercial fishing today,” . . . Complete story »

May 30, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Savoy to decide wind project’s fate in July

SAVOY – The company wanting to erect commercial wind turbines in this northeastern Berkshire County town cried foul Tuesday, saying it should have received a building permit after more than a decade of preliminaries. But town officials and their building inspector, along with an attorney for residents opposed to the project, say Minuteman Wind LLC has only itself to blame for coming up short. While the Zoning Board of Appeals made no decision Tuesday night, its chairman and several members hinted . . . Complete story »

May 30, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Scituate selectmen award contract to study town’s wind turbine

SCITUATE – Scituate selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday night to award a contract for conducting an acoustical study of the Scituate Wind turbine to Epsilon Associates as an independent consultant. The Maynard-based company has performed similar testing in Massachusetts, and other states, and has worked with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), according to Al Bangert, special projects director. “This has been something we discussed last fall and has taken quite a bit of time to bring to this point,” . . . Complete story »

May 30, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Timeline of wind turbine project in Savoy

Key moments in efforts to bring commercial wind power to Savoy: – 2001: Savoy resident Harold “Butch” Malloy responds to a call from the Renewable Energy Research Lab at the University of Massachusetts for property owners interested in providing locations for wind turbines. Malloy owns nearly 300 acres on West Hill in Savoy. – 2004: A group calling itself Minuteman Wind LLC connects with Malloy on a possible Savoy project. – Jan. 3, 2008: Nearly 200 Savoy residents vote at . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

‘Just one more nail in the coffin,’ fishermen react to Vineyard Wind announcement

NEW BEDFORD – Ed Anthes-Washburn, the director of the New Bedford Port Authority, received a constant stream of calls Wednesday afternoon after the announcements of offshore wind contracts. Those within the fishing industry have been preparing for the day when they’d have to share the ocean with offshore wind. However, they weren’t expecting two companies to be joining them so quickly. “I think it’s fair to say the general reaction in the fishing industry is shock,” Anthes-Washburn said. Massachusetts was scheduled . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2018 • Massachusetts, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Two big wind farms to rise off coast of Martha’s Vineyard

Officials in Massachusetts and Rhode Island announced contracts Wednesday for two massive offshore wind farms off Martha’s Vineyard, a move that could usher in a significant expansion of the industry in the region. The Baker administration said Vineyard Wind, a joint venture of Connecticut-based utility Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, was selected to build a wind farm with as many as 100 turbines about 15 miles south of the Vineyard. And Rhode Island officials said they selected Providence-based Deepwater Wind . . . Complete story »

May 24, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Turbine will not spin again in Falmouth

FALMOUTH – One of two town-owned wind turbines is reaching the end of its long and contentious career. Wind 1, erected at the wastewater treatment plant in 2010 and measuring 400 feet from base to blade tip, will not spin again in Falmouth – although it may someday churn out energy elsewhere. In a letter expected to arrive on Falmouth Building Commissioner Rod Palmer’s desk Thursday, Town Manager Julian Suso states “there is no option available to the town to consider any . . . Complete story »

May 23, 2018 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Key events on the road to offshore wind energy in Massachusetts

Key dates and events in the development of New England’s offshore wind industry: July 2001: Proposed Cape Wind project thrusts offshore wind power into the public consciousness. June 2004: A report on Cape Wind shows what 130 wind turbines would look like in Nantucket Sound, less than 5 miles from Cape Cod. While the project was never built, it increased awareness of the potential for offshore wind installations off the Massachusetts and Rhode Island coast. April 2008: Rhode Island issues . . . Complete story »

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