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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.

ISO-NE proposal would drive state-sponsored renewables into wholesale markets

Dive Brief: ISO New England has proposed tariff changes aimed accommodating state-sponsored renewable resources in the region’s Forward Capacity Market (FCM), while still finding a way to guard its competitive pricing mechanisms. The grid operator’s proposed solution calls for a two-stage Forward Capacity Auction (FCA). The first auction would function largely is it does today, but a second stage would include a voluntary substitution auction. Existing resources that just retained supply obligations in the primary capacity auction and “are willing to . . . Complete story »

New England panelists talk ‘trust’ in power project siting

BOSTON – Developing trust is vital for the project siting process, according to panelists speaking at Raab Associates’ 156th New England Electricity Restructuring Roundtable last week. “The thing that most undermines a project is when the proponent is seen as not presenting facts, not disclosing things, misrepresenting things,” Conservation Law Foundation President Bradley Campbell told meeting participants. “And it happens more often than you might think.” Patrick Woodcock, assistant secretary of energy with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental . . . Complete story »

Project to bring Canadian hydropower to New England gets federal approval

CONCORD, N.H. – The Department of Energy on Thursday awarded a key permit for a transmission project that would carry hydropower from Canada to more than a million homes in southern New England. The granting of what is called the Presidential permit allows for the $1.6 billion project to take hydropower across an international border and connect to the United States grid. First conceived in 2010, the Northern Pass project calls for building a 192-mile electricity transmission line from Pittsburg to . . . Complete story »

November 1, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind developer talks renewable energy in Coventry

Residents on the properties surrounding the turbines have complained of noise, with some claiming the sound can be heard even with all of the windows closed. Green Development retained a company called Noise Control Engineering, LLC in December 2016 who state in their report: “the wind turbines do not exceed the 65 dB(A) Town of Coventry noise limit.” The study results indicate that the turbines’ noise output is measured at between 35 and 47 decibels (db). Complete story »

October 27, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Town set to dump $6.5M off its books; Bond money stems from wind turbine

Despite a rabid plea by town officials to reject the referendum, voters in November 2010 approved a multi-million-dollar bond to construct a wind turbine. With nearly 3,000 registered taxpayers casting ballots, the measure passed with 50.2 percent of the vote. While no windmill ever was constructed, the $6.5 million in potential borrowing has been hanging over the town’s head. As that vote reaches its seven-year anniversary, however, the town is ready to relinquish the burden. “Most people have forgotten about . . . Complete story »

October 20, 2017 • Opinions, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Don’t be fooled by all that talk of ‘Green Energy’

In the rural village of Greene, R.I., residents have been fighting what seems like endless political town battles in opposition to Green Energy projects. We were targeted by developers and many of our town politicians to become the first residential wind and solar city of Rhode Island. Ten wind turbines have already cost the residents acres of forested space, and two major solar energy projects may be imminent – resulting in more destruction of our surrounding woodlands. Since installation of the . . . Complete story »

October 12, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine in Middletown officially a bust

MIDDLETOWN – As he stood in the parking lot of his Easton Pond Business Center, the moment was bittersweet for Blake Henderson. After more than a year of trying to get the 120-foot-tall wind turbine in the Aquidneck Corporate Park going again, Henderson said it was tough to see it being removed – despite all the problems it caused. The turbine had its admirers and detractors since it was installed in September 2009. At the time, Henderson said the turbine would help . . . Complete story »

October 8, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

NOAA: whale deaths “alarming”

NOAA called a “declared unusual mortality rate” for whales beginning in April 2016 for an area stretching from North Carolina to Maine, which is still ongoing. Some people in New England are claiming that the existence of the five turbines comprising the Block Island Wind Farm are contributing to the unusual mortality rate, while NOAA said it has not yet found any link between the deaths of the whales and the unusual mortality rate.   Complete story »

September 20, 2017 • Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Fishing industry takes more action against New York offshore wind lease

A group of fishing organizations, businesses and communities, led by the Fisheries Survival Fund (FSF), has taken more action to halt the lease of Statoil’s planned wind farm off the coast of New York. The suit, filed against the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), is seeking summary judgment and requesting the court to invalidate the lease, which was awarded to Norwegian firm Statoil to develop the New York Wind Energy Area (NY WEA) late . . . Complete story »

September 19, 2017 • Rhode IslandPrint storyE-mail story

Council debates wind power issues

HOPKINTON – Members of the Town Council said they are reluctant to allow wind turbines to proliferate, but agreed at their Monday meeting to continue to explore ways of permitting some farmers to use wind energy as a means to generate income from their land. The town has already passed an ordinance allowing farmers with larger parcels to devote portions of their land to solar generating stations. Councilor Barbara Capalbo and council President Frank Landolfi said they were willing to consider . . . Complete story »

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