Renewable Energy World (April 1, 2013) reports:
By 2015 the global market for small and medium wind turbines (SMWT) is forecast to double, especially in developing and emerging markets, reaching U.S.$634 million. These technologies already have a track record of success in rural electrification projects. For instance, in China, SMWT started to be implemented in 1980, and by 2010 there were some 400,000 systems reported.
Turbines with a diameter of less than 15 meters and a power output below 50 kW are classified as small. However, most small wind turbines have a diameter of around 7 meters or less and a power output ranging between 1 kW and 10 kW. For very small installations, such as a remote household, wind turbines can have a diameter smaller than 2 meters and an output of 1 kW or less. Medium size wind turbines have a rotor diameter of 15-30 meters, and a maximum output of 50-250 kW. Read more.
Commonwealth Magazine (Feb 21, 2013) features a story on Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound funding the town of Barnstable’s challenges to the wind farm:
The town of Barnstable is battling against Cape Wind in two federal courts in Washington, but the municipality’s legal tab — $394,000 and growing – is not being paid by taxpayers. Instead, the legal fees are being picked up by the nonprofit Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, the wind farm’s chief opponent.
The financial arrangement between the Alliance and the town of Barnstable has become another flash point in the 12-year feud over Cape Wind, the wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound. Supporters of the wind farm say the Alliance’s funding is an attempt to mislead the courts and another example of private dollars influencing public policy. But Barnstable officials say the arrangement is a smart move, allowing them to pursue a top legal priority of the municipality in a way that doesn’t burden taxpayers. Read more.
As Salem twiddles its thumbs waiting to move forward on a revenue generating wind turbine, North Shore towns around us, Ipswich and Gloucester are moving forward. Here’s what’s happening in Ipswich:
IPSWICH — Piece by piece, the town’s second wind turbine on Town Farm Road is coming together.
And that may be just the beginning; a privately owned solar farm proposed for the street could also help further the town’s renewable energy goals. More.
Three New England farms on track to begin operations before the end of the year promise to bring clean energy, tax revenue, and jobs to economically hard-hit regions of the state. Read more.
Wind power supporters Karen Kahn and Marjorie Kelly carry the Salem Wind Power banner in the 2012 Haunted Happenings Parade.
The Salem News reports that Ipswich has started construction on a second turbine, which will be near the first turbine on Town Farm Road.
The town’s second wind turbine is slated to be up and running by Thanksgiving.
The new turbine’s foundation is finished, and its blades and other components are expected to arrive in mid-October, said Tim Henry, director of Ipswich’s utilities department. It’s expected to be operational and generating power by the end of November. . . .
Unlike the first turbine, which was a joint project of the town’s utility company and public schools, the second turbine will be privately owned. D&C Construction of Rockland will build the turbine, and the town has agreed to purchase 1000 percent of the power it produces. Read more.
The Gloucester Times reported in August that three new turbines are coming to Gloucester:
But within the next two months, three mammoth wind turbines worth an estimated $23 million will wend their way through city streets in an unprecedented traffic fandango to take their place, historically and structurally, at Varian Semiconductors and Gloucester Engineering.
In the works for nine years, Varian’s twin turbines are expected to arrive by boat from Germany at Cruiseport the week of Sept. 17. After the moves through the streets, erection will begin about Oct. 1, said the company’s director of facilities, Rick Johnson, who has been the instigator behind the shift to wind power at Varian for almost a decade. Read more.
In 2012, cities and towns on Massachusetts’ South Shore have added wind turbines at a rate of one a month, says Galen Moore of Boston Business Journal. In his August 21 blog post, Moore notes that in the last eight months, South Shore towns have erected 8 new turbines, the latest in Plymouth.
The Boston Globe reports this week on the possibility of new sound testing for wind turbine installations across the state.
In a follow up story in the Salem News (5.22.12), Mayor Driscoll confirms that thus far there is no evidence to suggest that the wind turbine at Winter Island will cause problems for neighbors. New wind tests in Falmouth show that one of the two turbines is louder than expected, but the turbine is an old model, not proposed for Salem. Read the Salem News story.
According to the Salem Gazette:
The Salem Energy Planning Office has begun an additional round of acoustic testing on Winter Island Road in Salem and Naugus Head in Marblehead, part of what Salem city officials describe as efforts to address community concerns about the possibility of a wind turbine being constructed on Winter Island. Read more.