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Past Events in Massachusetts

42 event(s).

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 10/30/2013

Location: Dorchester, MA

Contact: Jody Lally

IBEW Local 103, 256 Freeport St.

This information was last updated on October 21, 2013

This meeting will run from 2-4 p.m. on October 30, and will feature a panel presentation and discussion on shadow flicker, as well as updates related to the Community Wind Outreach Initiative. Panel speakers include Elizabeth King from EAPC Wind Energy; Georg Becker-Birck, senior consultant and project manager WTG, K2 Management Inc.; and Richard Lampeter, senior scientist, Epsilon Associates, Inc.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 7/31/2013

Location: Gloucester, MA

Contact: Jody Lally, program manager

This information was last updated on July 03, 2013

2:00-4:30 p.m. EDT
Hear from Gloucester stakeholders (including Mayor Carolyn Kirk and Candace Wheeler, chair of Gloucester's Clean Energy Commission) about their municipal wind project and their designation as a Green Community. At the end of the meeting, there will be a tour of the wind turbines. The meeting will also feature a panel presentation and discussion on shadow flicker. Please RSVP.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 1/30/2013

Location: Waltham, MA

Contact: Jody Lally, program manager, UMASS-Amherst

Phone: 413-577-0887

Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley-Hoag,1000 Winter St., Suite 4000

This information was last updated on January 31, 2013

2:00-4:00 p.m.
The topic will be offshore wind. Speakers include:

  • Fara Courtney, executive director, U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative
  • Bill White, director of offshore wind, Mass. Clean Energy Center
  • Mark Rodgers, communications director, Cape Wind
  • Adam Wade, associate, Foley-Hoag, LLP
  • Jim Manwell, director, UMass Amherst Wind Energy Center
  • Bryan Lin, technical sales manager, Siemens Energy, Inc.

Injecting Useful and Credible Information into Wind Power Siting, A New England Wind Forum/NEWEEP Workshop: Proceedings

Date: 10/26/2012

Location: Gardner, MA

Mount Wachusett Community College

This information was last updated on November 19, 2012

The workshop convened a group of participants that:

  • Explored the role for and types of information needed to support appropriate, effective, and durable siting decisions on community- and grid-scale wind power projects.
  • Identified and discussed the key questions and central information needs for effective decision-making, and the methods for developing and applying that information such as:
    • What is the role of technical and scientific information in wind development?
    • What issues are amendable to information that is either site-specific, regionally-specific, or generic in nature?
    • What are the most important informational needs when determining whether a proposed project is appropriately sited?
    • Which types and sources of information are useful and effective?
    • How can stakeholders engage in the development and use of technical information to ensure that it is legitimate, widely accepted, and salient?
    • What is needed to maximize efficiency in the development and use of information?
    • Who should develop and deliver this information?
  • Drafted a plan including next steps to implement and institutionalize the development and use of information for appropriate wind energy development.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 10/17/2012

Location: Plymouth, MA

Contact: Jody Lally, program manager, UMASS-Amherst

Phone: 413-577-0887

Aeronautica Windpower, 11 Resnik Road

This information was last updated on October 05, 2012

2:00-4:00 p.m. EDT
The agenda will include a panel on "Challenges to Wind Development." Jay McCaffrey, Sierra Club, will talk about the recent report Clean Energy Under Siege. The panel will also include Sue Reid from the Conservation Law Foundation and Simon Thomas from Atlantic Renewable Energy Services. Sumul Shah of Solaya Renewable Energy will give an update on two current wind projects in Massachusetts located in Fairhaven and Scituate.

North American Wind Energy Academy

Date: 8/7/2012 to 8/9/2012

Location: Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts Amherst

This information was last updated on July 03, 2012

The University of Massachusetts-Amherst is pleased to host the inaugural meeting of the North American Wind Energy Academy (NAWEA). NAWEA is an organization of universities, research laboratories, and industry participants dedicated to coordinating wind energy research and education activities in order to advance the state of wind energy technology and to develop the next generation of wind energy engineers, researchers, scientists, and innovators in North America. The meeting will provide a mix of presentations and workshops with a strong focus in discussions regarding implementation of the Academy concept. The meeting will end with a signing ceremony around the Academy charter.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 5/11/2012

Location: Gardner, MA

Contact: Jody Lally

Mt. Wachusett Community College, North Cafeteria

1:00-3:30 p.m. EDT
The agenda will feature presentations about financing wind energy projects, including a panel on long-term contracts and a speaker on regional procurement. There will also be a presentation by Mt. Wachusett Community College staff about the college's wind project and a tour of their wind turbines. Please RSVP to Jody Lally.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 2/1/2012

Location: Waltham, MA

Contact: Jody Lally, program manager, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Phone: 413-577-0887

Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center, Suite 4000 on the 4th floor

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST
The agenda will feature the DEP/DPH Wind Turbine Health Impact Study. Presentation by DEP representative and independent expert panel members including Jim Manwell from UMass Amherst and Sheryl Grace from Boston University. There will also be a presentation by Mt. St. Mary's Abbey (invited) about their wind project; a legislative and regulatory update; and a showing of the film "Islands in the Wind" (about the Fox Islands wind project in Maine). Please RSVP.

Wind Power as a Neighbor: Experience with Techniques for Mitigating Public Impacts: A NEWEEP Webinar

Date: 12/7/2011

Location: MA

Contact: New England Wind Energy Education Project

This information was last updated on December 15, 2011

This is the sixth in a series of free webinars funded by the DOE Wind Powering America initiative. The webinar is designed for the general public, local officials, state regulators, facility siting decision makers, policy makers, and others interested in a review of objective information on the impacts of wind energy.

Speakers

  • Charles Newcomb, wind technology deployment supervisor, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, described the technical mitigation strategies invented and refined by wind manufacturers and developers to minimize or avoid impact to project neighbors, along with the background of how these strategies work and where they have been applied.
  • John Knab, town supervisor, Sheldon, NY, discussed the project adjustment and other mitigation techniques used by the Town of Sheldon in the process of allowing the High Sheldon Wind Project to be developed in their town and how these techniques impacted the siting decision-making process.
  • Nils Bolgen, program director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, described project adjustments and mitigation steps taken by wind project proponents during both the planning and post-operation stages, with outcomes and results where available.

Discussion Topics

The presentations and discussion provided webinar participants with an understanding of:

  • Technical and non-technical approaches to minimize, eliminate, or compensate for direct or indirect impacts during the planning, construction, and operation of a wind power project
  • Lessons learned on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of available mitigation techniques and how specific techniques helped produce better outcomes
  • The process of negotiation to achieve public acceptance, and what concessions communities should (and shouldn't) expect from project proponents
  • The key to successful siting through balancing mitigation of impacts with project economic viability
  • Where current strategies fall short and what additional research is needed to fill the gaps

Audio and text versions of the webinar are available (WMV 39.5 MB) Download Windows Media Player. Time: 02:21:35. Text Version.

Background

The New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Powering America initiative under a two-year grant. NEWEEP is directed by a steering committee consisting of New England state agencies, regional and national research organizations, and New England's regional grid operator who have committed to participate in the project. NEWEEP is neither industry-funded nor industry-driven. The project consists of an 8-part webinar series and an in-person conference. Read more information about NEWEEP.

Receive Notices for Future Webinars in the Series

If you would like to be on the NEWEEP mailing list to be notified of future NEWEEP webinars via email, please provide us with your contact information. Subscribers will also receive periodic email announcements about newly posted information on the New England Wind Forum website and new editions of the New England Wind Forum newsletter. The addresses and information of those signing up will not be distributed to anyone else for any other purpose. Past NEWEEP webinar audio visual files and transcripts are available.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 10/6/2011

Location: Waltham, MA

Contact: Jody Lally, program manager, UMASS-Amherst

Phone: 413-577-0887

Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center, Suite 4000 on the 4th floor

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Panel on Stakeholder Engagement

  • 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—Deborah Donovan and Bob Grace, Sustainable Energy Advantage (Invited)
  • Improving Stakeholder Engagement on Wind Siting and Policymaking—Dr. Jonathan Raab, Raab Associates

There will also be an update from Rose Forbes from the Mass. Military Reservation on their wind projects and a presentation by Mass. DOER Commissioner Mark Sylvia on the Wind Siting Reform bill.

Please RSVP to Jody Lally.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 6/29/2011

Location: Boston, MA

Contact: Jody Lally

DOER Conference Rooms, 100 Cambridge Street

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The meeting will include:

Payment in Lieu of Taxes: PILOT

As wind energy projects have moved forward, local officials and developers are facing the need to address the issue of PILOT Agreements for projects. Gary Blau of the Massachusetts Deptartment of Revenue will describe the regulations governing PILOT Agreements, along with a panel of speakers who have negotiated and executed these agreements.

Wind Resources in Massachusetts and New England: Fact vs. Fiction?

What happens when the actual wind resource at your site turns out to be substantially different than that indicated by the wind maps? The Cadmus Group will present 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.

Please RSVP to Jody Lally.

New England Wind Energy Education Project Conference and Workshop Proceedings

Date: 6/7/2011

Location: Marlborough, MA

Best Western Royal Plaza

The New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) Conference and Workshop focused 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.

More than 250 people attended this one-day conference and workshop that started with presentations and discussion panels. In addition, facilitated breakout sessions allowed participants to collectively brainstorm issues associated with wind development, siting, and permitting, and to identify areas where more credible research is needed and how to oversee and fund it.

Please see the New England Wind Energy Education Project Conference and Workshop website for more information.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 3/30/2011

Location: Waltham, MA

Contact: Jody Lally, Program Manager, The Wind Energy Center, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center

3:00- 5:00 p.m.
The meeting will focus on "Wind Energy Project Development: Tales from the Front" with a panel of wind developers including Don McCauley, Minuteman Wind; Ed Kaczenski, Berkshire Wind; and others. Welcome address and panel moderator: Steven Clarke, Assistant Secretary for Renewable Energy. The session will also include Chris Mange, Harris, Miller. Miller and Hanson project manager for the Falmouth Wind Noise Project, who will discuss the study's results and the project's current status. Please RSVP.

Facilitating Wind Energy Siting

Date: 3/23/2011 to 3/25/2011

Location: Cambridge, MA

Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue.

Across the United States, government decision makers need to work effectively with stakeholders to resolve wind energy policies and siting frameworks. Wind energy developers face a complex landscape of divergent regulations, interests, policies, and support when trying to site their wind projects. Meanwhile, communities often feel besieged by wind development proposals they don't know how to evaluate and consider. Effective collaboration between all stakeholders requires a set of process skills, tools, and principles that address complex, technical, and often emotionally-charged wind development issues.

The Consensus Building Institute (CBI), the MIT-Harvard Public Disputes Program, and Raab Associates, Ltd. are pleased to present Facilitating Wind Energy Siting — a pilot workshop funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (20% Wind by 2030) designed to help state and local government officials, wind developers, and other stakeholders develop the capacity to collaborate effectively on wind development policy, facility siting, and related energy transmission issues.

This workshop is free, however, all participants must apply for admission and if selected, pay their own travel and expenses. Seats will be allocated to 50 participants who represent diverse geographic, sector, and issue area interests. Application deadline is February 11, 2011. For more information see the Facilitating Wind Energy Siting Web site.

Regional Wind Powering America Meeting: Northeast

Date: 3/22/2011

Location: Boston, MA

Contact: Corrie Christol, NREL

Phone: (303) 384-7110

Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources

Agenda
As the 3-year Wind Powering America priority state activities end and similar federal funding for medium- and low-priority states transitions to regional outreach activities, the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind and Water Power Program and Wind Powering America are hosting a series of 1-day meetings at strategic locations around the country. State representatives, Wind Working Group members, and other interested stakeholders are invited to attend and share experiences. Through these events, Wind Powering America staff and participants will identify lingering deployment barriers, prioritize these barriers, and then work in small groups to review successful approaches and discuss potential approaches to address the barriers identified.

The meeting will allow wind stakeholders from each region to meet and discuss approaches to address the most pressing market barriers, learn from experiences in other states, and help build regional collaboration. Wind Powering America will also use the meeting results to help plan the Wind Powering America Annual All-States Summit and future program activities. This meeting is free to attend, but please register so we may plan accordingly. Deadline March 18, 2011

Additional meetings are planned in the following locations:

Understanding the Current Science, Regulation, and Mitigation of Shadow Flicker: A NEWEEP Webinar

Date: 2/10/2011

Location: MA

Contact: New England Wind Energy Education Project

This information was last updated on February 21, 2011

This is the fifth in a series of free webinars funded by the DOE Wind Powering America Initiative. The webinar included a panel of experts in the fields of visual assessment, landscape architecture, and environmental planning with a question and answer session.

The webinar was designed for attendance by the general public, local officials, state regulators, facility siting decision-makers, policy-makers, and others interested in a review of objective information on the impacts of wind energy.

Speakers

  • Thomas Priestley (PDF 7.2 MB), Senior Environmental Planner, CH2M Hill
  • Matthew Allen (PDF 1.5 MB), Principal, Saratoga Associates
  • Richard Lampeter (PDF 299 KB), Senior Scientist, Epsilon Associates

Discussion Topics

The presentations and discussion provided webinar participants with an understanding of:

  • What shadow flicker is, and how it is created;
  • The methodologies used to forecast when, where, and how much shadow flicker will occur;
  • How forecasted data are analyzed to estimate the potential impact on nearby receptors;
  • The current landscape of state and local regulations, ordinances and guidance documents, and their role in the wind project permitting process;
  • Available mitigation and management practices; and,
  • Areas in need of additional research and analysis.

Audio and text versions of the webinar are available (WMV 16.4 MB) Download Windows Media Player. Time: 02:04:03. Text Version.

Receive Notices for Future Webinars in the Series

If you would like to be on the NEWEEP mailing list to be notified of future NEWEEP webinars via email, please provide us with your contact information. Subscribers will also receive periodic email announcements about newly posted information on the New England Wind Forum website and new editions of the New England Wind Forum newsletter. The addresses and information of those signing up will not be distributed to anyone else for any other purpose. Past NEWEEP webinar audio visual files and transcripts are available.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 1/26/2011

Location: Boston, MA

Contact: Mary Knipe

Phone: 413-545-3914

2:00 p.m.
Wind Powering America staff will be attending.

The topic will be Massachusetts wind project development best practices.

Wind Power's Impact on Grid Reliability, Backup Supply, and Fossil Fuel Use in New England: A NEWEEP Webinar

Date: 10/26/2010

Location: MA

Contact: New England Wind Energy Education Project

This information was last updated on November 04, 2010

This is the fourth in a series of free webinars funded by the DOE Wind Powering America initiative. The webinar included a discussion on the impact of wind's variability on power systems and reviewed preliminary results of the New England Wind Integration Study (NEWIS) with a question and answer session. The webinar was designed for attendance by the general public, local officials, facility siting decision-makers, policy-makers, and others interested in a review of objective information on the impacts of wind energy.

Audio and text versions of the webinar are available (WMV 41.2 MB) Download Windows Media Player. Time: 02:35:32. Text Version. A bibliography is also available.

Speakers

  • Ed DeMeo (PDF 460 KB), Technical Advisor, Utility Wind Integration Group - Wind Power and the Electric Power System Introduction
  • Michael Milligan (PDF 3.3 MB), Ph.D., Principal Analyst, National Wind Technology Center of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) - Addressed the Impact of Wind's Variability on Power Systems: An Overview of Industry Studies and Results
  • Bill Henson (PDF 3.4 MB), Senior Engineer, Renewable Resource Integration, Independent System Operator of New England (ISO-NE) - Preliminary Results of the New England Wind Integration Study (NEWIS)

Discussion Topics

While wind power produces no emissions, wind power's variability has often been cited as a critical shortcoming, degrading reliability, and increasing the need for 'backup supply' (what the industry refers to as capacity and operating reserves). If fossil-fueled power plants must keep running, will the promised reduction in fossil fuel use and emissions materialize? While the presence of variable generation does create impacts that can and should be accounted for in understanding the costs and benefits of wind power, the nature and magnitude of these impacts are often badly misunderstood. Grid operators are the definitive source for understanding such information, as their mandate is technical neutrality, and their responsibilities include keeping the lights on, defining how much of various types of reserves are necessary, and making sure all costs are paid for. In this webinar, hear what those who operate the grid (throughout the industry, and here in New England) have learned from intensive study of these issues.

  • Addressing wind power's variability:
    • How does wind power impact the reliability of the of the electricity supply?
    • What are the impacts and costs of integrating wind power into the grid?
    • What additional needs for backup capacity and operating reserves are caused by adding wind to the supply mix?
    • How does wind power impact the dispatch, operation and performance of other power plants?
    • How effective is wind power at offsetting fossil fuel use and emissions?
    • What can be done to facilitate integration of wind resources?
  • Overview of Industry Studies and Results on wind's variability on power systems
  • Preliminary Results of the New England Wind Integration Study (NEWIS)

Receive Notices for Future Webinars in the Series

If you would like to receive NEWEEP webinars announcements, please provide us with your contact information. Subscribers will also receive periodic e-mail announcements about newly posted information on the New England Wind Forum website and new editions of the New England Wind Forum newsletter. Addresses and information will not be distributed to anyone else for any other purpose. Past NEWEEP webinar audio visual files and transcripts are available.

Wind Turbines Noise and Health: Fact vs. Fiction Simulcast: A NEWEEP Webinar

Date: 7/15/2010

Location: Bourne, MA

This information was last updated on July 27, 2010

The New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) and Cape & Islands Renewable Energy Collaborative hosted this free simulcast, an in-person event simultaneously broadcasted as a webinar. Dr. Robert J. McCunney's presentation focused on how wind turbines produce noise and whether this noise has direct effects on human health. The webinar is designed for the general public, local officials, facility siting decision-makers, policy-makers, and others interested in objective information on wind energy impacts.

Audio and text versions of the webinar are available (WMV 27.9 MB) Download Windows Media Player. Time: 01:35:43. Text Version. Dr. McCunney's individual presentation and a bibliography are also available.

Receive Notices for Future Webinars in the Series

If you would like to receive NEWEEP webinars announcements, please provide us with your contact information. Subscribers will also receive periodic e-mail announcements about newly posted information on the New England Wind Forum website and new editions of the New England Wind Forum newsletter. Addresses and information will not be distributed to anyone else for any other purpose. Past NEWEEP webinar audio visual files and transcripts are available.

Understanding the Impacts of Wind Turbine Sound: A NEWEEP Webinar

Date: 7/13/2010

Location: MA

Contact: New England Wind Energy Education Project

This information was last updated on August 17, 2010

The New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) hosted its second free webinar in its eight-part webinar series. The webinar included a discussion of wind turbine generator sound, permitting issues, and mitigation with a question and answer session. This event was designed for the general public, local officials, facility siting decision-makers, policy-makers, and others interested in objective information on wind energy impacts.

Audio and text versions of the webinar are available (WMV 33.7 MB) Download Windows Media Player. Time: 02:12:44. Text Version. A bibliography is also available for the webinar.

Speakers

Individual speaker presentations are available.

  • Mark Bastasch (PDF 588 KB), PE, Lead Acoustical Engineer, CH2M Hill
  • Jim Cummings (PDF 749 KB), Executive Director, Acoustic Ecology Institute
  • Ken Kaliski (PDF 284 KB), P.E., INCE Bd. Cert., Q.E.P., Director of Environment, Energy, & Acoustics, Resource Systems Group

Discussion Topics

  • Introduction to sound generation, propagation, attenuation and measurement;
  • Acoustic modeling techniques and analysis;
  • Qualitative Considerations — Evaluating the experiential reports of wind farm neighbors;
  • Non-wind industry methods for addressing sound-related annoyance;
  • Federal and state sound policies and regulations, and their role in the siting and permitting process;
  • Mitigation and management;
  • Areas of ongoing research.

Receive Notices for Future webinars in the Series

If you would like to receive NEWEEP webinar announcements, please provide us with your contact information. Subscribers will also receive periodic e-mail announcements about newly posted information on the New England Wind Forum website and new editions of the New England Wind Forum newsletter. Addresses and information will not be distributed to anyone else for any other purpose. Past NEWEEP webinar audio visual files and transcripts are available.

Cape Wind Chronicles: Politics, Persistence, and Prayers

Date: 5/13/2010

Location: Boston, MA

Contact: Lois Lawson, Northeast Energy and Commerce Association

Phone: (781) 449-5959

Doubletree Gues Suites Hotel, 400 Soldiers Field Road.

With the Cape Wind project having received its long-awaited approval from the U.S. Department of the Interior on April 28th, what is next for this epic project? What other approvals are needed? What are the prospects for financing? Hear the latest on this off-shore wind project for Dennis Duffy, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs for Energy Management, Inc., the project's developer. Having been involved in the 10-year battle to develop this project, as well as other generating facilities in New England, Mr. Duffy will share his perspective on the future of Cape Wind and project development in New England. More information is on the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association Web site.

Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values: A NEWEEP Webinar

Date: 5/5/2010

Location: MA

Contact: New England Wind Energy Education Project

This information was last updated on May 14, 2010

The New England Wind Energy Education Project (NEWEEP) hosted the first in a series of free webinars. The main topic of NEWEEP's inaugural event was, "The Impact of Wind Power Projects on Residential Property Values" presented by Ben Hoen, consultant to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. The session opened with a brief introduction of the New England Wind Energy Education Project, followed by an introductory discussion of, "Wind Power's role in Achieving Regional Policy Objectives" presented by Heather Hunt, executive director of New England States Committee on Electricity. The webinar included a question and answer session. This was a free webinar funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Wind Powering America Initiative. The webinar was designed for attendance by the general public, local officials, facility siting decision makers, policy makers, and others interested in a review of objective information on the impacts of wind energy.

Receive Notices for Future Webinars in the Series

If you would like to be on the NEWEEP mailing list to be notified of future NEWEEP webinars via email, please provide us with your contact information. Subscribers will also receive periodic email announcements about newly posted information on the New England Wind Forum website and new editions of the New England Wind Forum newsletter. The addresses and information of those signing up will not be distributed to anyone else for any other purpose. Past NEWEEP webinar audio visual files and transcripts are available.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 4/7/2010

Location: Waltham, MA

Contact: Mary Knipe, Research Engineer, Wind Energy Center, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

National Grid, 40 Sylvan Rd.

3:00-5:00 p.m.
The topic of the meeting will be, "Working Effectively with the Utilities under the New State Net Metering Regulations;" a session focused on those involved in wind energy development.

Timothy Roughan of National Grid and Joseph Feraci of NStar will speak on the "queue," interconnection applications, and the infamous Schedule Z. We will also have an update on the status of the Wind Energy Siting Reform legislation. Bob Grace, Sustainable Energy Advantage, will introduce the New England Wind Energy Education Project.

Please RSVP with Mary Knipe.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 10/8/2009

Location: Plymouth, MA

Contact: Lynn Di Tullio

Phone: (413) 588-8028

Aeronautica Windpower, 11 Resnik Rd.

3:00- 5:00 p.m.
Jonathan Klavens of the Klavens Law Group will review the latest on the Net Metering regulations and tariff details, John Harper of Birch Tree Capital will illustrate how the new scheme could affect financial models in several project scenarios, and Brian Kuhn of Aeronautical Windpower will discuss net metering opportunities for projects using mid-scale wind turbines. Please RSVP (or just come, and sign in at the registration table!)

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 9/16/2009

Location: Waltham, MA

Contact: Mary Knipe, Research Engineer, Renewable Energy Research Laboratory

Phone: (413) 545-3914

Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center.

2:00-4:00 p.m.
The topic of the meeting will be the Wind Energy Siting Act that is currently being considered by the state legislature. The meeting will also include "Wind Energy in New England Update," by Bob Grace of Sustainable Energy Advantage and a "Summary of Net Metering Regulations and Tariff."

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 5/13/2009

Location: Worcester, MA

Contact: Mary Knipe, Research Engineer, Renewable Energy Research Laboratory

Phone: (413) 545-3914

Holy Name Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
We will tour the new 600-kW turbine and hear remarks from Holy Name President Mary Riordan and project developer Sustainable Energy Development, who will also talk about the viability of community-scale wind energy. Please RSVP!

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting: Financing Municipal Wind Projects

Date: 1/21/2009

Location: Westborough, MA

Contact: Mary Knipe, Research Engineer, Renewable Energy Research Laboratory

Phone: (413) 545-3914

Massachusetts Technology Center.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Presented by Ed Bodmer, an expert in financial modeling for renewable energy projects, and KEMA, a consultant to the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust. The workshop will address public, private, and hybrid approaches to ownership, management, financing, and risk; the use of financial modeling to help evaluate and compare the alternative approaches for specific projects and optimize benefits for the municipality; and important questions municipalities considering wind projects should ask themselves.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 10/22/2008

Location: Plymouth, MA

Contact: Mary Knipe, Research Engineer, Renewable Energy Research Laboratory

Phone: (413) 545-3914

Aeronautica Windpower.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Two speakers from the Dept. of Public Utilities and the Dept. of Energy Resources will update us on rulemaking relative to the Green Communities Act, particularly as it relates to wind energy in Massachusetts. We will also tour the wind turbine repair facilities of Aeronautica Windpower, where the focus is on refurbishing turbines for the mid-scale marketplace.

Please RSVP before October 21st.

Wind Energy Applications Training Seminar (WEATS) for Federal Energy Managers

Date: 5/20/2008 to 5/22/2008

Location: Cape Cod, MA

Contact: Robi Robichaud, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Phone: 303-384-6969

Contact Julie Jones for a copy of the 2008 WEATS proceedings.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 4/16/2008

Location: Westborough, MA

Contact: Mary Knipe, Research Engineer, Renewable Energy Research Laboratory

Phone: (413) 545-3914

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Weiss Conference Center.

3:00- 5:00 p.m.; driving directions.

Offshore Wind and Chapter 91: Impacts on Development in the Coastal Zone

Carol Wasserman, Senior Scientist with The ESS Group, will describe the Chapter 91 Waterways Act, its jurisdiction and impacts upon wind energy in the MA coastal zone, and significant changes that are currently being considered.

Muni's on Fire for Wind Energy: The Templeton Story

Sean Hamilton, General Manager of the Templeton Municipal Light and Water Department, and John LeClerc, Technology Engineering Teacher at Narragansett Middle School, will speak about their creative and effective efforts to educate the Northern Tier region about wind energy, and the current status of their wind turbine project located at the regional Narragansett school campus.

We look forward to seeing you on the 16th! Refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Quartery Meeting

Date: 1/22/2008

Location: Boston, MA

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
The topic will be the Green Communities Act/Act to Generate Renewable Energy and Efficiency Now.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Quarterly Meeting

Date: 9/26/2007

Location: Boston, MA

Contact: Sally Wright

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Topic: The Commonwealth's New Direction for Wind Power

Policy, goals, strategies, programs & permitting

Governor Patrick envisions Massachusetts taking the lead in renewable energy. Three key policy makers in the state's new office of energy and environment will 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

Please RSVP to Sally Wright by Friday, Sep 21, so that we can make sure to have enough seating.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Quarterly Meeting

Date: 5/30/2007

Location: Buzzards Bay, MA

Contact: Sally Wright

Phone: 413-545-3914

Mass Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive.

3:00-5:00 p.m.
Subject: Birds, Wind and Energy
Mass Audubon scientist Taber Allison will speak on the current research on avian/wind interaction, including the broader context of climate change and habitat impacts of fossil fuel use.

Additionally, Dr. Lucy Vlietstra, Marine Science professor at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA), will present her findings on "Potential Impact of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Wind Turbine on Common and Roseate Terns."

Afterwards, MMA's Rick Gurnon will offer a tour of their 660-kW Vestas V47, installed last Spring.

Please RSVP by May 24.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Quarterly Meeting

Date: 2/21/2007

Location: Wellesley, MA

Contact: Sally Wright

Phone: 413-545-3914

Mass Bay College. 3:00-5:00 pm.
The subject of the meeting will be, "Utility Interconnection of Wind Power" with focus on Massachusetts projects in the 1-20 MW range:

  • Utility wind interconnect issues and grid impacts
  • Summary of speakers' respective roles in wind power
  • Interconnect process walk-through: how to file for interconnection of a utility-scale wind turbine, common pitfalls, time schedules, etc.

Speakers will include:

  • National Grid: Henri Daher, ISO New England: David Forrest, MTC: Fran Cummings, DG Collaborative.
  • Moderating the process walk-through will be George Aronson of CommonWealth Resource Management Corporation

Please RSVP by Friday, Feb 16th, so we can plan drinks and seating.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Quarterly Meeting

Date: 11/9/2006

Location: Amherst, MA

Contact: Sally Wright, PE

Phone: 413-545-3914

University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 3-5 p.m.
The subject of the meeting will be, "Policy Options for Renewable Energy Incentives: the view from Europe," presented by Dr. Jim Manwell, PhD, director of the UMass Renewable Energy Research Laboratory. And, UMass Renewable Energy Research Laboratory (RERL) open house, with SODAR demonstration. RERL will demo its SODAR mobile wind resource monitoring equipment (Sonic Detection and Ranging device). Please RSVP by November 7th, so we can plan drinks.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 8/16/2006

Location: MA

Contact: Sally Wright, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Phone: 413-545-3914

Mass Maritime Academy near the Bourne Bridge. 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Quarterly Meeting

Date: 5/31/2006

Location: Waltham, MA

Contact: Sally Wright, Renewable Energy Research Laboratory, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Phone: 413-545-3914

Minuteman Wind, 890 Winter St.
We had a record number of attendees at the meeting; 88 by our count. The minutes and speaker presentations will be posted on the Web site. The subject of the meeting was "Installing Mass Maritime and Hull Wind II." Two more utility-scale turbines went up in Massachusetts last month. At this meeting we heard from people that were closely involved in these projects. Learn from this experience:

  • Economics & the decision to build
  • Siting
  • Procurement
  • Permitting
  • Installation
  • Hull: First turbine foundation in a landfill in the US

Also, we'll have updates on Massachusetts wind projects and subcommittee work.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Quarterly Meeting

Date: 1/18/2006

Location: Boston, MA

3-5 p.m., 100 Cambridge Street, 2nd floor, Conference Room C and D.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 9/28/2005

Location: Westborough, MA

3 - 5 p.m. National Grid USA, 25 Research Drive.

Massachusetts Wind Working Group Meeting

Date: 5/11/2005

Location: Boston, MA

Contact: Sally Wright, PE, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

3 p.m., Mass Division of Energy Resources. 100 Cambridge Street: 2nd floor, Conference Room 2B.
Brian Braginton-Smith will be presenting on the current state of wind power in Massachusetts and we will form subcommittees.

First Meeting of the Massachusetts Wind Working Group

Date: 4/1/2005

Location: Westborough, MA

Contact: Richard Michaud, U.S. DOE

Phone: 617-565-9713

The Northeast Regional Office's Wind Powering America Coordinator Richard Michaud and the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust's Director Rob Pratt provided opening remarks at the first meeting of the Massachusetts Wind Working Group, hosted by the Massachusetts Technology Park Corporation. Nearly 70 stakeholders attended the meeting, facilitated by the University of Massachusetts Renewable Energy Research Lab and the Massachusetts Division of Energy Resources. Several developers suggested that the group involve state and federal regulators in future meetings to better understand their concerns. Areas identified for consideration included education and outreach, regulatory reform, diverse wind applications and off-shore and community-based wind projects.

New England Wind Workshops

Date: 10/24/2001 to 10/25/2001

Location: Boston, MA

Wind Powering America sponsored a regional wind forum for the New England area. The forum focused on state policies and market opportunities, on-shore, off-shore and small customer-sited wind development, as well as barriers and challenges to wind development in New England's competitive wholesale and retail markets. About 150 attendees were expected, including systems benefit charges officials from MA, RI, CT, as well as other regulators, policy makers, developers, and advocacy groups. For more information, contact Julie Jones for a copy of the New England Wind Workshop Proceedings. The meeting was preceded by the National Wind Coordinating Committee New England Wind Power Siting Workshop.