A really interesting read. I’m left wondering if we know anything about the ecological impacts of nourishment projects on the Cape and Islands.
The more we learn about ocean acidification, the scarier it gets. Even plants and fish appear to be subtly – but significantly – affected.
This is as close as I’ve seen to the story I would like to do on the record-setting mass stranding of dolphins, if only I had the time – about all the science that gets done, and the mixed blessing that such events are for marine mammal researchers.
A great explanation of why this winter may not have been the lovely respite some New Englanders have been thinking.
There’s been a lot of wind energy news – both onshore and off – this week. Here’s a quick tour of the latest headlines.
Cape Wind progress buoys South Terminal project | New Bedford Standard Times: One of the indirect benefits of the Cape Wind project would be a whole new industry for New Bedford – offshore wind turbine installation. So this week’s news about NStar was heartily welcomed there.
Residents debate wind turbine health study | Cape Cod Times: Debate about the state-commissioned report on wind turbines and human health went public this week, literally. A public meeting near Boston on Tuesday drew both supporters and detractors – all vehement.
Turbine critics rip state report | Cape Cod Times: Not surprisingly, Thursday’s meeting in Bourne was a different story – dominated by frustrated Falmouth residents and wind opponents they’ve helped catalyze.
Second Falmouth turbine gets green light | Cape Cod Times: Meanwhile, Falmouth’s Wind 2 finally underwent the necessary testing and is ready to begin a two-month trial run.
Turbine opponents file Open Meeting Law complaint | New Bedford Standard Times: In Fairhaven, residents continue to try to block the construction of a wind turbine at their wastewater treatment plant.
Bourne wind project voted down | Cape Cod Times: And finally, the Next Gen Wind project in Bourne appears to be dead. Cape Cod Commission said they see concrete benefits and “nebulous of iffy” drawbacks, but decided to err on the side of caution.
Looks like the official announcement of this initiative will take place tomorrow, so look for more news. But one important point that jumped out for me was: “The new initiative does not set targets for pollution reductions.”
Another example of the impacts of NOAA budget cuts.
After months of staunch resistance, it appears that NStar has been persuaded to buy power from Cape Wind after all. Cape Cod Times reports on yesterday’s announcement:
Under the deal, NStar will enter a 15-year contract to buy 27.5 percent of the power generated by 130 wind turbines that Cape Wind Associates LLC plans to build in Nantucket Sound. If Cape Wind is not in operation by 2016, NStar will buy an equal amount of energy from another new, renewable energy source, Patrick said.
National Grid has already agreed to be buy half of Cape Wind’s power for 18.7 cents per kilowatt-hour.
While the exact details of the deal between Cape Wind and NStar have yet to be ironed out, it is expected to be almost identical to the pact with National Grid.
The deal was negotiated as part of the merger – now conditionally accepted by Massachusetts officials – between NStar and Northeast Utilities. Continue reading
Massachusetts was one of the four areas included in the study, and Andrew Freedman includes a more detailed analysis of Cape Wind‘s vulnerability in this article. Freedman also makes the salient point that the study didn’t account for any possible changes in storm strength, frequency, or location due to climate change.
I’m at a workshop on planning for sea level rise today. Right now, we’re listening to Dr. Jerry Mitrovica give essentially this talk: