Every wind turbine that goes up in Massachusetts goes up with a fight.
Two distinct types of noise from the wind turbines known since wind turbine experiments in Boone, North Carolina in 1987 have come to haunt wind turbine installations. The types of noise are regulatory measured in decibels and low-frequency infrasound.
The Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Moriarty on June 20, 2017, shut down two town-owned Falmouth wind turbines agreeing with the local Falmouth Zoning Board that the turbines are a nuisance.
Massachusetts has had extreme difficulties to situate even one large turbine project away from other property owners. Turbines proposed within a half-mile,2500 feet, of a home are almost certain to encounter resistance.
Massachusetts planned to place 2000 megawatts of wind turbines by the year 2020 but because of lawsuits all over Massachusetts, the program has stalled at around 110 megawatts of wind power.
Now Massachusetts state's biggest utilities plan to buy hundreds if not thousands of megawatts of electricity from wind farms in Maine.
The race is on between major wind turbine developers hoping to score long-term, wholesale power contracts with Massachusetts electric utilities.