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An upstate New York town that repeatedly found itself without power for days during a string of storms is planning a dramatic step — pulling its municipal buildings entirely off the electric grid.

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Clean energy advocates are calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers to ramp up plans for large scale renewable energy beyond the $1.5 billion over 10 years proposed this month by the New York State Energy Resource Development Authority.

New York is drawing more and more power from wind and solar, but its renewable energy standard is set to expire at the end of the year.

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The small town of Hancock, Massachusetts plans to sue the cooperative behind a Berkshires wind turbine project over payment disputes.

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

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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Regional environmental groups have released a report highlighting a potential for growth in wind energy.

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

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.

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.

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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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.


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.


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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A group of residents from Berkshire and Franklin Counties in Western Massachusetts are attending a day-long symposium on wind energy as part of a federally sponsored research project. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…

The eight-hour Western Massachusetts Wind Energy Symposium on the campus of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams is a national study being executed by staff from Macalaster College in St. Paul, Minnesota. The project is coordinated by Roopali Phadke, an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Macalaster.

Appeal of VT Wind Project Dropped

Mar 26, 2012

The Green Mountain Club has withdrawn an appeal of the Deerfield Wind project.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

The Bennington Banner says the appeal was dropped after the U.S. Forest Service agreed to require radar-activated lights on the project's wind turbines.

Deerfield Wind LLC, a subsidiary of the Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables, wants to build 15 wind turbines nearly 400 feet high and a half-mile apart on ridgelines on Forest Service land west of Route 8 in Readsboro and east of Route 8 in Searsburg. The turbines would produce 30 megawatts of power.