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Hoosac Wind Energy Project, Massachusetts

STATUS: In progress

OPPOSITION: Local residents

PROSPECTS: Likely

BACKGROUND: According to the U.S. Department of Energy, The Hoosac Wind project is a 20-turbine proposal located in the two small towns of Florida and Monroe. Despite receiving its wetland permit in May 2004, and having that permit re-affirmed in 2007, the Hoosac Wind Project remains the subject of legal appeal.

The project was met with resistance by several citizen groups, who filed a lawsuit based on wetland regulation to block the project. Both the Massachusetts Superior Court and the Supreme Judicial Court upheld the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's decision to allow the project, but the permitting and appeal process delayed the project for more than six years.

On September 1, 2010, the project overcame its final hurdle.  In a special town meeting, voters approved two of three articles that will allow the wind turbines to be built.

SOURCES: U.S. Department of Energy: http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/ne_project_detail.asp?id=9
Williams.edu: http://www.williams.edu/Geoscience/greenenergy/hoosac.htm
National Wind Watch: http://www.wind-watch.org/news/2010/08/24/hoosac-wind-project-to-face-final-hurdle/;
iBerkshire.com: http://www.iberkshires.com/story/35997/Florida-Approves-Payments-Road-Use-For-Wind-Project.html

Last updated November 17, 2010