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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.

February 6, 2021 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Charlie Baker climate official blasted for comments to ‘break your will’ over emissions

The state’s $130,000-a-year undersecretary for climate change is being blasted by a fiscal watchdog for saying the administration needs to “break” the will of taxpayers when it comes to heating homes and driving cars. The video shows David Ismay, Gov. Charlie Baker’s under secretary for climate change, telling Vermont climate advocates that it’s time to go after homeowners and motorists to help reduce emissions. At the end of the clip, he adds: “I can’t even say that publicly.” Ismay did . . . Complete story »

February 5, 2021 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Baker eyes regional approach to wind energy distribution

BOSTON – When he vetoed climate policy legislation last month, Gov. Charlie Baker gave lawmakers a laundry list of issues he had with the bill, including a somewhat vague paragraph that seemed to reject the Legislature’s prescribed offshore wind procurements. The governor stopped short of saying he outright opposed the bill’s requirement that the executive branch direct utilities to buy an additional 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind power – his energy secretary has since said the administration is open to additional . . . Complete story »

February 4, 2021 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Federal agency resuming review of Vineyard Wind project

NEW BEDFORD – The federal agency standing between the Vineyard Wind project and its fruition is resuming its environmental review of the offshore wind farm. The agency previously terminated its review last December when the company withdrew a key plan. The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management issued a statement Wednesday announcing it is resuming the review “in support of the Biden administration’s goal to address climate change and promote offshore renewable energy production.” “Offshore wind has . . . Complete story »

January 29, 2021 • Letters, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Money pit continues

Town Meeting appropriated $35,482 for the renewable energy line item in the town’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget. By doing so, the cumulative cost of wind turbine preventive maintenance since they were permanently shut down now exceeds their salvage value (based on estimated salvage value by Westin Sampson, “Wind Energy Facility Mitigation Alternatives Analysis”). With little chance of prospective buyers, continued grant forgiveness obstruction by state authorities, and the select board’s long-in-the-tooth best intention, how much longer are we expected to . . . Complete story »

January 26, 2021 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

What Vineyard Wind is asking of feds after company withdrew plan last month

NEW BEDFORD – Vineyard Wind on Monday asked the federal agency responsible for the project’s permitting to resume its review after the company withdrew a key plan in December. On Dec. 1, 2020, Vineyard Wind sent a letter to the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) stating it was withdrawing its construction and operations plan from agency review to allow for internal technical review of the project’s new wind turbine, the General Electric Haliade-X. Lars T. Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard . . . Complete story »

January 26, 2021 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Vineyard Wind says project back on track

What may become the nation’s first industrial-scale wind farm is back on track. Vineyard Wind Chief Executive Officer Lars Pedersen said Monday the company notified the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management that it had no changes to its construction and operations plan. Pedersen said the federal agency in charge of most federal permits for offshore wind projects could pick up the process where it left off when his company withdrew its plan last month. At the time, Vineyard Wind said . . . Complete story »

January 23, 2021 • Blogs, MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Falmouth’s Taxpayers asked to reach into their pockets again

W. C. Fields famously quipped, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.”  Yesterday’s Falmouth Enterprise reported the Finance Committee is recommending $35,482 for the renewable energy line item in the town’s Fiscal Year 2022 budget.  This amount covers preventative maintenance of the turbines “so they remain functional for a buyer,” explained Committee member James B. Newman. Buyer interest According to the Cape Cod Times, as far . . . Complete story »

January 22, 2021 • MassachusettsPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine budget recommended, disposition process ongoing

The town administration is still trying to figure out how to navigate state regulations in order to dismantle the town’s wind turbines. Falmouth Finance Committee vice chairman Nicholas S. Lowell asked for an update on the disposition of the town’s two wind turbines at the committee’s meeting on Tuesday, January 19. Town Manager Julian M. Suso said the town hired outside counsel to assist with the procurement process. “What we found was it was not fully clear which portions of . . . Complete story »

January 18, 2021 • Massachusetts, U.S.Print storyE-mail story

Offshore wind stagnated under Trump, but Biden policies could create a wind energy boom

APE COD, MASS. – President-elect Joe Biden’s climate plan proposes building thousands of offshore wind turbines as a key contributor to the goal of a carbon-free U.S. energy sector by 2035. With the states largely carrying the ball as the Trump administration stepped back from climate change and clean energy, the pressure is on for the new administration to come through on its promise. “The actions by the states across the country have been really important and kept the U.S. . . . Complete story »

January 11, 2021 • Massachusetts, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Check your mail: the city is pulling a switcheroo on your electricity provider

Imagine if the City of Boston negotiated a deal with T-Mobile on behalf of all residents and businesses. And instead of offering it as an option to everyone, the city notified you by letter that unless you objected by January 11, your cell service was going to be automatically switched to T-Mobile. That is exactly what the city is doing with respect to your current electricity provider. A few weeks ago, all Boston households and businesses received a densely-worded “Official . . . Complete story »

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