wind power

New England News
5:47 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Conn. Supreme Court Backs Wind Energy Regulation


The Connecticut Supreme Court has sided with a state agency regulating wind energy, rejecting a challenge by opponents of a wind power project.

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New England News
3:10 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Connecticut OK's Wind Power Rules, Ends Moratorium


Connecticut lawmakers have approved regulations governing wind power in Connecticut, ending an impasse that blocked new turbines producing clean energy.

The legislature's Regulation Review Committee approved regulations Tuesday that define various mechanical parts of wind turbines, stipulate how siting officials may measure the height of wind turbines and provide other technical details.

A 2011 law called for the state Siting Council to adopt regulations governing wind power. But the Regulation Review Committee has rejected several proposed rules since late last year.

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New England News
3:36 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Report Identifies Growth Opportunities for Wind Energy

Barrow Offshore Wind Farm off Whaley Island in the Irish Sea near England completed in 2006.
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Regional environmental groups have released a report highlighting a potential for growth in wind energy.

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New England News
2:52 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

National Study Finds No Evidence of Wind Turbines Affecting Property Value

Iberdrola Renewables owns and operates 19 turbines as part of the Hoosac Wind Project.
Credit Credit Michael Fairneny

A recent national study finds that wind turbines have no effect on property values. But some western Massachusetts residents disagree.

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North Country News
10:30 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Vermont Wind Debate Might Come Before Recommendation

Some Vermont legislators pushing for moratorium on wind power projects believe a pending recommendation from a commission created to review the sites won't come in time to influence debate on the bill.

The commission's deadline is April 30, with a draft report expected by the end of March.

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North Country News
5:25 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

2 Vermont Senators Want Halt to Wind Development

Two Vermont state senators are calling for a three-year moratorium on large-scale wind power projects in the state, and for giving energy projects more thorough environmental review.

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New England News
10:00 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Mass. Regulators Approve Cape Wind Deal

State regulators have approved the utility NStar's deal to buy a significant portion of the Cape Wind offshore wind project's planned power.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities announced its decision to approve the 15-year deal Monday.

NStar's agreement to buy 27.5 percent of the wind farm's power was nearly identical to the utility National Grid's previously-approved agreement with Cape Wind to buy half its power.

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New England News
3:17 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Hoosac Wind Project Nears Completion

A view of the Hoosac Wind Project
Michael Fairneny

A 19-turbine industrial wind farm is near completion in the Northern Berkshires, but according to nearby residents, some uncertainties about the project’s impact on the environment and health remain. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The Hoosac Wind Project, also known as the Bakke Mountain Wind Farm, could see all 19 standing wind turbines erected by the end of this week, according to spokesman from owner Iberdrola Renewables, Paul Copleman.

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7:45 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Wind Developer Wants Vermont Towns to Delay Votes


A developer considering a wind power project in a remote area of Vermont's Essex County says it will drop its plans in any community that votes against the project — after it has a chance to present its proposal.

Jack Kenworthy of New Hampshire-based Seneca Mountain Wind says Seneca will honor the vote if it happens after the company has made a detailed presentation of its plans for the town.

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6:05 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Vermont Wind Project in Essex County on Hold

Wind Turbine

Plans for a wind power project in a remote area of Vermont's Essex County are on hold.

Seneca Mountain Wind had applied for permits to erect wind measurement towers in Brighton, Newark and Ferdinand.

Some neighboring landowners appealed, saying Seneca failed to notify them about the plans as required by law.

WCAX-TV reports a Public Service Board hearing officer has sided with the landowners and placed the project on hold until Seneca makes proper notifications.

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