Fishermen Give Cold Shoulder to Offshore Wind Developer

A representative from Denmark’s largest energy company had a chilly reception in Chilmark this week as commercial fishermen and others discussed a proposed wind farm south of the Vineyard.

Wind Farm Development South of the Vineyard Begins to Pick Up Speed

As waters off the Vineyard begin to attract strong interest among wind energy developers, legislation now before Massachusetts lawmakers would spur significant changes in the way local consumers buy power from renewable energy sources.

Update on Offshore Wind Plans at Vineyard Power Annual Meeting

Vineyard Power is entering a new phase in its plans to develop a wind farm south of the Vineyard. Having successfully partnered with developer Offshore MW to secure a lease on 167,886 acres in January, the Island-owned energy cooperative is now focusing on public outreach.

Rhode Island Ferry Company Lands Wind Farm Contract

Rhode Island Fast Ferry has partnered with Deepwater Wind to build a new transport vessel for technicians working on the country’s first offshore wind energy project, located between Block Island and the Vineyard.

Offshore Wind Leasing Moves Closer to the Vineyard

Last week Gov. Deval Patrick announced that 742,000 acres of ocean south of Martha’s Vineyard will soon be available for commercial wind energy leases. On Monday state officials appeared on the Island to explain the project.

State Opens Large Ocean Area to Commercial Wind Leases

Some 742,000 acres of ocean south of Martha’s Vineyard will soon be available for commercial wind energy leases, Gov, Deval Patrick announced this week. A public meeting about commercial offshore wind energy leases is scheduled for Monday on the Vineyard.

High School Looks to Wind Power for Utility Savings

Regional high school could save as much as $2.8 million on utility bills over the next 25 years using power produced by four turbines built on a 380-acre cranberry farm near the Bourne Bridge.

County Considers Buying Wind Energy

The Dukes County commission agreed this week to consider buying electricity from a startup wind energy company.

The commission voted Wednesday to approve a memorandum of understanding with Plymouth-based energy company Future Generation Wind LLC.

Commission Approves Wind Energy Plan

The Martha’s Vineyard Commission last week approved a wind energy plan that will regulate wind turbine development on Island land and waters.

The commission will use the plan as guidance when reviewing turbines. The commission plans to review the plan again in five years, though members emphasized that the plan could be changed at any time.

Wind Power Plan

On Thursday, Oct. 4 at 7:15 p.m., the Martha’s Vineyard Commission is holding a public hearing on the draft for the Wind Energy Plan for Dukes County. This plan was widely distributed last year and can be downloaded from the commission website, mvcommission.org (search for Wind Energy Plan September 2012).

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