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Fairhaven Wind Project, Bristol County, Massachusetts

STATUS: In progress with opposition

TYPE:  Wind Project

OPPOSITION: Local residents; WindWise Fairhaven

PROSPECTS:  Indeterminate

BACKGROUND: CCI Energy has proposed to erect two wind turbines adjacent to the waste treatment plant on Arsene Street in Bristol County. Energy created by the turbines would power the treatment plant.

The proposed turbines measure about 400 feet each from base to highest blade tip. As a result, the projects have met resistance from residents who find them unattractive or noisy.  The opposition group WindWise Fairhaven says it would support wind turbines if they were set farther back from homes. The turbines are proposed to be about 800 feet from the nearest home; the group wants them at least 1,200 feet away. The group says it also worries about noise from the whirring blades and a phenomenon they call "flicker" — the strobe-like pattern the turning blades make on homes when the sun is setting behind the turbine.

The project was delayed by a lawsuit by a group of residents; the civil suit, filed in Bristol County Superior Court on June 4, 2008, appealed the Planning Board's approval of the project.  As a result, CCI Energy decided to abandon the special permit granted in 2007 and is now working with the town on how to restructure the project. 

SOURCES: South Coast Today: http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080822/NEWS/808220346;
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081227/NEWS/812270340;
http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070326/NEWS/703260357;
Project Overview Power Point: http://www.masstech.org/Project%20Deliverables/Comm_Wind/Fairhaven/Presentation-CommercialFinancial5-9-07FINAL.pdf

Last updated November 17, 2010