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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.
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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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New England News
5:49 pm
Thu July 26, 2012

Symposium Gathers Data on Opinion of Wind Power in Berkshires

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.

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North Country News
8:23 am
Mon March 26, 2012

Appeal of VT Wind Project Dropped

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.

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