Massachusetts Wind Turbine Setbacks 2...

Massachusetts Wind Turbine Setbacks 2000 Feet

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Jack Kelly

Jamestown, RI

#1 Jun 22, 2013
Today the Fairhaven wind turbines would not be built within 2000 feet of a residence. Here are the series of mistakes made since 2005 by the State of Massachusetts through its semi quasi renewable energy agencies :

Nils Bolgen has been at the MTC and Mass Clean Energy Center since before 2005 when the original Fairhaven wind project feasibility studies were done . This Massachusetts semi quasi agency conducts feasibility studies which include "fatal flaws" for commercial wind projects. I have laid out three steps in 2005, 2011 and 2013 were the setbacks from commercial wind turbines have gone from 600 feet in 2005, 1300 or more feet in 2011 and 2000 feet in 2013

The Mass Clean Energy Center ,Mass CEC has taken over what used to be the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative , MTC.. The semi quasi state agency does feasibility studies for placing commercial wind turbines in cities and towns in Massachusetts

(# 1 ) In 2005 the setbacks to commercial wind turbines were 1 and 1/2 times the total height of the turbine. If a turbine was 400 feet tall then 600 feet was the setback .( Fairhaven ) Ad Hoc

(#2) I want to bring to your attention a 2011 feasibility study done for a commercial wind turbine in Marion,Massachusetts were the Mass CEC, Mass Clean Energy Center states in their study that homes that are as close as 1300 feet and more raise the potential for noise and shadow flicker.

The information is below please see page 31 of 128.

Page 31 of 128 pdf reader page

5.4 Potential Turbine Location Suitability
The Great Hill Site is the highest point in the area, and it has enough open space to
easily support a wind turbine. The property size is large enough that a single medium size wind turbine should be able to meet setback requirements in existing Town bylaws, while larger utility‐scale machine may have more difficulty. The nearest homes are about 1,300 feet away. This is not a fatal flaw, but does raise potential concerns such as noise and shadow flicker impacts.
March 2011 5‐3 Black & Veatch

(# 3)
By Ariel Wittenberg
May 26, 2013 12:00 AM

"Nills Bolgen, who works with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, said his organization has become "more conservative" in requiring project proposals seeking funding to provide more detailed data if they are close to residential areas."

"In 2005, when the Center began requiring applicants to provide acoustical data, Bolgen said it was done on an "ad hoc" basis."

"Now, all turbine proposals within 2,000 feet of residences must provide that data."
sue hobart

Plympton, MA

#2 Jun 22, 2013
Of course those mistakes were already made and grandfathered I assume...

Since: Oct 11

Monomoy Island, MA

#3 Jun 28, 2013
And what does Governor Patrick do. He pushes for ever more wind power and more turbines BEFORE he corrects his energy policy's past mistakes. Many of the turbines in present service in this state NEED to be removed from their present sites. How many WT victims has Patrick pushed into becoming 2nd class citizens? He should be required to live within 1000 feet of a 1.65MWatt or larger turbine for three years and then give us his take on the setback issue.
2000 feet is not enough. In Falmouth some people are bothered who live one mile from their machines.

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