MWWG at October 2009 meeting
May 28, 2014
The spring quarterly meeting of the Massachusetts Wind Working Group was held on May 28, 2014, in the historic Tarkiln Community Center in Duxbury, MA. (The recently renovated building began as a one-room schoolhouse in 1871 and has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places). The meeting opened with a welcome from our host, Terry Vose, Chair of the Duxbury Historical Commission. 43 people attended the meeting.
Deborah Donovan, of Sustainable Energy Advantage, then announced the formation of the Northeast Wind Resource Center (NWRC). This project is partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy for the next 3 years and is managed by Clean Energy Group (CEG). CEG will be leading the offshore wind work. Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC (SEA) will be leading the land-based wind work, and Maine Ocean and Wind Industry Initiative (MOWII) will serve as a key liaison between the project and the wind industry. For more information: www.northeastwindcenter.org
The meeting featured a wide-ranging and very informative panel on offshore wind. Panel presenters included:
- Nils Bolgen, Mass Clean Energy Center: Offshore Wind Update, including field surveys and the transmission study (PPTX)
- Lauren Costello, New Bedford Wind Energy Center: Offshore Wind in New Bedford and the Marine Commerce terminal (PDF)
- Mark Rodgers, Cape Wind: Latest Update on Cape Wind
- Megan Amsler, Cape & Islands Self-Reliance Corp.: Ocean Readiness: Training for the Offshore Workforce (PDF)
- Gordie Stewart: UMass Amherst Offshore Wind IGERT program: Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (PDF)
- Zara Dowling – UMass Amherst Offshore Wind IGERT program: Impacts of Offshore Wind on Wildlife (PDF)
- Aileen Kenney – Deepwater Wind: Overview of Regional Activities and Environmental and Siting Issues (PDF)
Also on the agenda was a presentation by Rose Forbes, P.E., Air Force Civil Engineer Center, on their Wind Energy Projects for Groundwater Treatment Systems at Joint Base Cape Cod. (PDF)
March 5, 2014
The quarterly meeting of the Massachusetts Wind Working Group was held on Wednesday, March 5th at Cadmus in Waltham. Thirty-five people attended. The meeting began with a brief welcome from Sean Shaw of Cadmus. Bob Tina, Operations Director at the Lynn Water and Sewer Commission then spoke about the new wind project in the city of Lynn, MA. This was followed by a panel presentation on “Drivers of Wind Development: State Policies, the Wholesale Market, and Retail Choice”
Panel speakers covered the following topics:
- Deborah Donovan, Sustainable Energy Advantage: General overview of how state policies are shaping Long-Term Contracts and the impact on wind development in the region
- Eric Wilkerson, ISO-New England : Wholesale market and transmission planning, operations, and implications for wind development
- Elizabeth Mahony, Mass. DOER: MA DPU Section 83a LTK Process
- Larry Chretien, Mass Energy Consumers Alliance: Case-study – Mass Energy/People’s Power and Light approach to long term REC contracts with small community scale wind
October 30, 2013
The Massachusetts Wind Working Group fall meeting was held at the IBEW Local 103 union hall in Dorchester, MA, on October 30, 2013. 48 people attended the meeting. First on the agenda was a welcome from IBEW Local 103 Business Agent Louis Antonellis. This was followed by brief updates from Massachusetts state officials:
- Martin Suuberg, Mass. DEP: MassDEP Wind Turbine Noise Technical Advisory Group
- Peter McPhee, Mass. CEC: Update on the MassDEP/MassCEC Research Study on Wind Turbine Acoustics
- Andrew Greene, Mass. DPU: Community Wind Outreach Initiative: Best Practices for Siting Wind Energy Facilities
The meeting concluded with a panel on Shadow Flicker, moderated by Deborah Donovan of Sustainable Energy Advantage. Panel presenters were:
- Richard Lampeter, Epsilon Associates, Inc.: Evaluating Shadow Flicker in the Current Regulatory Environment
- Georg Becker-Birck, WTG, K2 Management Inc.: The European View and Practical Mitigation Methods
- Elizabeth King, EAPC Wind Energy: Methodology and Results from Shadow Flicker Modeling in Kingston, MA
- Sumul Shah, President, Solaya Energy LLC: Case Studies on Flicker Impacts: Scituate Wind and Fairhaven Wind
Announcements included a request to respond to a survey from Jim Manwell (survey can be found here) at the UMass Wind Energy Center on and a presentation by Pat Quinlan of Celedon Innovation regarding a new technology to address sound and shadow flicker at residential locations.
July 31, 2013
A meeting of the Massachusetts Wind Working Group was held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Gloucester Engineering in Gloucester, MA. Read the agenda here. Thanks are extended to Candace Wheeler and Rich Kleiman for hosting the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Liz Argo of Argo Consulting, a member of the Massachusetts Wind Working Group Steering Committee and 50 people attended. This was a great opportunity to hear from Gloucester stakeholders about their successful public/private wind project and their designation as a Green Community. Panel members Rich Kleiman, Equity Industrial Partners; Rick Johnson, Varian Semiconductor; Carolyn Kirk, Mayor of Gloucester; and Candace Wheeler, Chair of Gloucester’s Clean Energy Commission, each spoke from their perspective about the development and present status of the three wind turbines in Gloucester. At the end of the meeting, there was a tour of the wind turbines.
May 15, 2013
The spring quarterly meeting of the Massachusetts Wind Working Group was held at the Massachusetts State Archives building in Boston, MA. Thanks are extended to Jack Wiggin and Dennis Leigh of the Urban Harbors Institute at UMass Boston for their assistance in obtaining this beautiful space for our meeting. Forty-nine people attended the meeting. The meeting was chaired by Nils Bolgen of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. A panel on “New Opportunities for Long-term Renewable Energy Power Purchase Agreements in MA and New England” led an engaging discussion of the latest opportunities for long-term (10-20 year) state and regional power purchase agreements that will facilitate the financing of wind and other eligible renewable energy projects. The panel, consisting of industry and government representatives discussed the new Massachusetts Green Communities Act Section 83A long-term renewable energy contracting obligation adopted by the Massachusetts Legislature last summer, as well as the status of implementation of the New England Governors’ commitment to regional renewable energy procurement through NESCOE, and perspectives from onshore and offshore developers. The panel was introduced and moderated by Steven Clarke, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (View Presentation). Panelists included: Barry Sheingold, New Energy Opportunities (View Presentation); Heather Hunt, New England States Committee on Electricity (View Presentation); Mel Palmer, EDP Renewables (View Presentation); and Jeff Grybowski, Deepwater Wind. Also on the agenda was a brief report on the recent American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) meeting in Chicago by Brian Kuhn of Aeronautica Wind.
January 30, 2013
The Massachusetts Wind Working Group’s quarterly meeting was held on Wednesday, January 30th, at the Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center in Waltham, MA. 53 people attended. The meeting featured a lively and informative panel on Offshore Wind. Speakers included:
Moderator: Fara Courtney, Executive Director, US Offshore Wind Collaborative: General introduction and background on offshore wind in New England region
- Bill White, Director of Offshore Wind, Mass. Clean Energy Center: MA and RI/MA Wind Energy Areas – Massachusetts Leadership on Offshore Wind
- Mark Rodgers, Communications Director, Cape Wind: Update on Cape Wind
- Adam Wade, Associate, Foley-Hoag, LLP: Production Tax Credit and Investment Tax Credit for Wind Power
- Jim Manwell, Director, UMass Amherst Wind Energy Center: Update on Design Standards for Offshore Wind Turbines
- Bryan Lin, Technical Sales Manager, Siemens Energy, Inc.: Offshore Windpower Technology
- Joel Whitman, formerly of Global Marine Energy : Transmission challenges
October 17, 2012
The fall quarterly meeting of the Massachusetts Wind Working group was held on Wednesday, October 17th at Aeronautica Windpower Plymouth, MA. Click here for the agenda. 49 people attended the meeting. A panel presentation on "Challenges to Wind Energy Development" included Jay McCaffrey, of the Sierra Club, talking about their recent report "Clean Energy Under Siege", as well as Sue Reid from the Conservation Law Foundation and Simon Thomas from Atlantic Renewable Energy Services. Sumul Shah of Solaya Renewable Energy also gave an update on 2 current wind projects in MA located in Fairhaven and Scituate.
July 18, 2012
A meeting of the Massachusetts Wind Working group was held on July 18th at Foley Hoag in Waltham, MA. (View agenda here). 58 people attended. The meeting featured a panel on Wind Turbine Siting & Acoustics with the following presentations:
- Collaboration & Public Engagement in Wind Energy Siting - Stacie Smith, Senior Associate, Consensus Building Institute
- Commonwealth Wind: Program Refinements and Research Projects - Nils Bolgen, Program Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
- Mass DEP Noise Regulation and Wind Turbines - Alicia McDevitt, Deputy Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Also on the program was a film (View on Vimeo here) shown by Liz Argo, Principal, Argo Consulting, and President, Cape & Islands Wind Information Network: Inspiring Video Highlights from Cape Wind's Final Hearing on Cape Cod: May 2012 . Brian Kuhn, Principal, Aeronautica Wind and Associated Wind Developers, spoke about his experiences in other countries: One American Wind Manufacturer's Efforts to Compete Internationally
May 11, 2012
A meeting of the Massachusetts Wind Working group took place on May 11th at Mt. Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA. (View agenda here). 45 people attended.
The meeting featured a panel on Long Term Contracts with the following presentations:
- Berl Hartman, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2): Blown Away by Long Term Contracts
- Dwayne Breger, Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources: Massachusetts Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS): Program Status and Overview of Section 83 Long Term Contracts
- Ryan Chaytors, First Wind: Long Term Contracts: Challenges and Opportunities
There was also a presentation on Regional Procurement by Seth Kaplan of the Conservation Law Foundation: Procurement of Renewable Energy, Regional and otherwise...
This was followed by an excellent presentation on the Mt. Wachusett Community College wind turbines, followed by a tour. Speakers included Ed Terceiro, Executive Vice President Emeritus & Resident Engineer; Robert LaBonte, Vice President of Finance & Administration; and William Swift, Director of Facilities Maintenance & Mechanical Systems.
February 1, 2012
The meeting featured a presentation on the recent report, "Wind Turbine Health Impact Study: Report of the Independent Expert Panel". The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) convened a panel in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) to report on potential health impacts of wind turbines. The panel was composed of physicians and scientists with broad expertise in areas including acoustical noise/infrasound, public health, sleep disturbance, mechanical engineering, epidemiology, and neuroscience. Three of the expert panel members participated in a panel presentation about the report at our meeting. The panel discussion was introduced by Alicia McDevitt, Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning at MassDEP. Download her presentation. An overview of the major findings of the report was then presented by the panel members. Jim Manwell, Professor, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, UMass Amherst, spoke about Ice Throw and Shadow Flicker; Sheryl Grace, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering at Boston University, on Noise and Vibration; and Wendy Heiger-Bernays, Associate Professor of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health, on Health Effects. Download the panel presentation.
The agenda also included a presentation by Sister Maryann Garrity about the wind turbine located at Mt. St. Mary's Abbey in Franklin, MA. (Download pdf | Download photos) and a showing of the film "Islands in the Wind" about the Fox Islands Wind Project in Maine
October 6, 2011
The meeting featured a panel on “Stakeholder Engagement” which included the following presentations:
- “Land-based Wind Energy: A Guide to Understanding the Issues and Making Informed Decisions”– Aviva Rothman-Shore and Walker Larsen, CLF Ventures
- “Issues Affecting Public Acceptance: NEWEEP Conference Report” and NEWEEP survey Results –Deborah Donovan, Sustainable Energy Advantage
- “Improving Stakeholder Engagement on Wind Siting and Policymaking” – Dr. Jonathan Raab, Raab Associates
The agenda also included a report by Rose Forbes on wind energy projects at the Massachusetts Military Reservation on Cape Cod and a presentation by DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia on the proposed Wind Energy Siting Reform Act (summary of the act at http://www.mass.gov/dcr/news/publicmeetings/forestry/wind%20energy%20siting%20act%20summary.pdf)
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Massachusetts Clean Energy Center announcements:
1.) MassCEC plans to release a Community Scale Wind solicitation focused on Feasibility Study projects by the end of the month. Also, Design and Construction funding will be available on a limited rolling basis for projects that are ready to begin construction before December 31st, 2011.
2.) MassCEC plans to release a Commercial Wind Wind Resource Monitoring solicitation by the end of the month.
June 29, 2011
- A meeting of the Mass. Wind Working Group was held on June 29th, 2011, hosted by the Mass. EOEA at 100 Cambridge St., Boston. 75 people attended the meeting. The meeting focused on Payment in Lieu of Taxes: PILOT Agreements.
- Gary Blau of the MA Dept. of Revenue described the regulations governing PILOT agreements in a presentation: Property Tax Considerations for Massachusetts Wind Power Projects. A panel of speakers who have negotiated and executed these agreements, including Neil Habig of Iberdrola Renewables and Mary Beth Gentleman of Foley Hoag, LLP, then spoke about their experiences with PILOT agreements.
- Neil Habig's presentation was on the Hoosac Wind Farm PILOT Negotiation Experience.
- Mary Beth Gentleman talked about PILOTs: Minimizing Cash Flow Uncertainty.
- Shawn Shaw of the Cadmus Group then presented the results of a MassCEC and DOE-funded study comparing data from Met Towers, SODAR and LIDAR to Wind Map data at a number of sites: Reducing Uncertainty in Resource Estimates for Massachusetts Wind Projects.
March 30, 2011
- Wind Energy Project Development: Tales from the Front. At the Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag, Waltham, MA
- Steven Clarke, Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy, gave a presentation on Wind Energy Progress in Massachusetts
- Christopher Menge, Sr. Vice President / Principal Consultant, Harris, Miller. Miller and Hanson, Inc., talked about the results and current status of the Falmouth Wind Energy-Sound Impacts Study
- The main program consisted of a panel presentation on Siting Challenges: Tales from the Front. Speakers were Keith Mann of Future Generations Wind who spoke about his proposed wind turbine project in Plymouth, MA, and Stephen Barrett of Minuteman Wind who spoke about the wind project in Savoy, MA.
- Silas Bauer of the New England Wind Energy Education Project announced their upcoming one-day conference/workshop on June 7, 2011, at the Best Western Royal Plaza in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The conference/workshop will focus on presenting balanced information relevant to issues of importance to individuals and communities affected by wind energy proposals throughout New England, including environmental and economic benefits as well as siting concerns.
- Orlando Martinez of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center announced that the CEC will be releasing a Wind Site Assessment Grant of Services in the next few weeks that is available for commercial wind projects, which means those projects of more than 3 turbines and with exposure to the wholesale power market.
- Martha Broad of the CEC announced that Block 6 of the Community Scale Wind Solicitation will be released within the next few weeks. The solicitation is for Feasibility Studies and Design and Construction grants.
April 7th, 2010
Net Metering-Working Effectively with the Utilities under the New State Net Metering regulations. At National Grid in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Main Program Presentation:
Tim Roughan, Director of Distributed Resources at National Grid
Joe Feraci, Senior Engineer at NSTAR
Please note: Slide 12 has been revised after a discussion between Gerry Bingham (DOER) and Tim Roughan (National Grid). This was done to clarify that there was not a moratorium on 2MW projects on 13 kV line. The wording in the slide raised some concerns on this question and was perceived by some as a change in utility interconnection policy.
Also at the meeting:
- Peter McPhee and Leigh Cameron of the MA Clean Energy Center discussed Commonwealth Wind’s new Commercial Wind RFI. The Commonwealth Wind: Commercial Wind Initiative is seeking information from developers or other parties associated with land-based wind electrical generating projects that are greater than 2 MW and that supply the wholesale electric market. The purpose of this Request for Information (RFI) is to obtain information that will help MassCEC determine how best to structure the Commercial Wind Initiative to provide wind project developers with appropriate levels and types of funding and other technical assistance at the appropriate development stage. Responses are requested by April 28th, 2010. See: http://www.masscec.com/index.cfm?cdid=11112&pid=10225
- Ken Kimmell, General Counsel of the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, provided an update on the status of the Wind Energy Siting Reform legislation
- Silas Bauer of Sustainable Energy Advantage (SEA) provided an update on the New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP), a project funded by U.S. Department of Energy Wind Powering America program. It is a two-year project that resulted from a joint proposal by Sustainable Energy Advantage, LLC and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). NEWEEP is comprised of an 8-part webinar series (Webinar #1 announcement) and one in-person conference. To sign up for more information on NEWEEP please go to: http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/ne_signup.aspx
October 8th, 2009
Net Metering - Final Regulations and Tariff - Implications for Wind Energy development in Massachusetts. At Aeronautica Windpower, Inc., Plymouth, MA
- Jonathan Klavens of the Klavens Law Group reviewed the final regulations and tariff details for Net Metering
- John Harper of Birch Tree Capital illustrated how the new scheme could affect financial models in several project scenarios
- Brian Kuhn of Aeronautical Windpower discussed net metering opportunities for projects using mid-scale wind turbines.
September 16th, 2009
Wind Energy Siting Act at Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center, Waltham, MA
An in-depth session on the Wind Energy Siting Act currently being considered by the state legislature. We were pleased to have a panel including Ken Kimmel, Executive Office of Energy & Environment, Susan Reid, Conservation Law Foundation, and Rob Garrity, MA Climate Action Network.
The meeting began with:
- Wind Energy in New England: Update by Bob Grace of Sustainable Energy Advantage, and
- Brief Preview of just-finalized Net Metering Regulations and Tariff by Jonathan Klavens, Klavens Law Group, P.C.
- Introduction of DOER's new Regional Green Communities Coordinators
May 13th, 2009
Wind Turbine Tour, a 600 kW turbine at Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School, Worcester, MA
January 21st, 2009
Topic: Financing Municipal Wind Projects. Ed Bodmer presented on A Financial Analysis Framework for Municipal Wind Projects.
October 22, 2008
Topic: Green Communities Act and a tour of Aeronautica Windpower in Plymouth, MA
June 25th, 2008
Topic:Innovative Financing and Ownership Models for Community Scale Wind Projects. Dana Harris of NewPath Energy spoke on MassWind and Wind Project Funding; Kevin Schulte of EOS Ventures discussed their experience with community projects; and Margaret Downey of Cape & Vineyard Electric Coop spoke on their experience with Financing and Ownership Models for Community Scale Wind Projects (Q&A notes)
April 16th 2008
Topic: Muni's on Fire for Wind Energy: The Templeton Story and Offshore Wind and Chapter 91: Impacts on Development in the Coastal Zone
January 22nd 2008
at the Mass Division of Energy Resources. Topic: The Green Communities Act
Sept. 26th at UMass Boston
The Commonwealth's New Direction for Wind Power; Policy, goals, strategies, programs & permitting
Speakers: Philip Giudice, DOER, and Greg Watson & David Cash, EOEEA
Governor Patrick envisions Massachusetts taking the lead in renewable energy. Three key policy makers in the states new office of energy and environment will join us to speak about implementing this vision:
- Philip Giudice, Commissioner of the Division of Energy Resources (DOER)
- David Cash, Undersecretary for Policy, at the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA), and
- Greg Watson, Senior Advisor for Clean Energy Technology at the EOEEA, and Vice President for Sustainable Development of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative
May 30, 2007
at Mass Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay.
Subject: Birds, Wind and Energy with speakers:
- Mass Audubon scientist Taber Allison on the current research on avian/wind interaction, including the broader context of climate change and habitat impacts of fossil fuel use.
- And Dr. Lucy Vlietstra, Marine Science professor at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, presented her findings on " Potential Impact of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Wind Turbine on Common and Roseate Terns".
- Afterwards, MMA's Rick Gurnon offered a tour of their 660-kW Vestas V47, installed last Spring.
- Tour of ISO New England control room where the participants were given ISO New England an overview of what ISO New England is and what it does: Mar 28,2007 in Holyoke.
Feb 21, 2007
at Mass Bay College, Wellesley. Topic: Utility Interconnection of Wind Power, with speakers:
- Sally Wright of UMass RERL talked about Grid Interconnection;
- Henri Daher of National Grid presented on Transmission and Wind Energy;
- David Forrest of ISO New England talked on the process for Interconnecting Wind Projects;
- Fran Cummings, MTC's DG Collaborative presented on Wind Power Interconnection;
- Ed Kremzier of National Grid discussed the two wind projects connected to National Grid systems;
- George Aronson from CommonWealth Resource Management Corporation discussed the developer's perspective
Nov 9, 2006
at UMass Amherst. Topic: Policy Options for Renewable Energy Incentives: the view from Europe, by Dr. Jim Manwell, Director of the UMass Renewable Energy Research Laboratory. Followed by an open house at the Renewable Energy Research Laboratory, with a demonstration of RERLs SODAR mobile wind resource monitoring equipment (Sonic Detection and Ranging device).
August 29, 2006
at the Mass Division of Energy Resources. Topic: Cooperative Development of Copenhagen's offshore wind project, a presentation by Jens Larsen, engineer and organizer of Middelgrunden, the cooperatively owned offshore wind power project in Copenhagens harbor. He also offered us some more material, including this more technical presentation on operations & maintenance, and this article on Middelgrunden Wind farm and this one on local financing. Minutes
May 31st, 2006
Location: Waltham, Minuteman Wind. Topic: Recent Installations in Massachusetts:
January 18, 2006
Mass Division of Energy Resources, Boston. Dr Tony Rogers presented on Noise and Wind Turbines ( Agenda, Minutes)
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
National Grid USA. Updates on the Mass RPS change, Community Wind and other projects ( Agenda, Minutes)
Wednesday, June 8, 2005
UMass Amherst, MA., kick-off meeting of the subcommittees (Agenda, Minutes, including activities of the 5 Subcommittees)
Wednesday, May 11
at the Mass DOER., Boston, Brian Braginton-Smith presented on the current state of wind power in Massachusetts and the subcommittees were formed (Minutes)
MTC in Westborough, Introduction to the WWG and drafting of its mission (Agenda, Minutes).
minutes, Mar 7, 2005, in Boston
For More Information
Contact Jody Lally at the Wind Energy Center: 413-545-3914