Bills Submitted for Legislative Session 2017-2018
Bills introduced in the new legislative session address wind turbine impacts–like adverse health effects–costs to rate payers, and more. The text of these bills is on the Legislation WWMA Supports – 2017-2018 page.
HD2841 ———— sponsored by Representative Sarah Peake
HD1232 ———— sponsored by Representative David Vieira
SD953 ————- sponsored by Senator Bruce Tarr
HD1958 ———— sponsored by Representative Todd Smola
HD1960 ———— sponsored by Representative Todd Smola
HD3754 ———— sponsored by Representative Bruce Ayers
HD2844 ———— sponsored by Representative Sarah Peake
HD2054 ———— sponsored by Representative Todd Smola
The bill numbers link to the text at the Massachusetts Legislature pages as they become available.
To find the name and contact information of your state senator and of your state representative, go to www.malegislature.gov.
We can bring attention to these bills at Commonwealth Conversations now in progress around the state from the end of January 2017 to the end of March. Check the website for the date in your region. And if you see your representative or senator there, thank them for their support.
|HD2841||Resolve to establish a commission to study the health impacts from land based wind turbines to protect the health of the citizens of the commonwealth. (Representative Peake).|
|HD1232||“Wind Energy Relief Act” establishes a fund to compensate people, businesses, and municipalities adversely impacted by wind turbines, and another fund to help compensate municipalities to remove or relocate wind turbines. Monies already deducted from our electricity bills support both funds. (Representative Vieira)|
|SD953||An Act relative to the green communities act requires an investigation of the impact of the Green Communities Act, including a review and analysis of current and future benchmarks. It also requires that the findings be made public. (Senator Tarr)|
|HD1958||An Act relative to accountability of public funds used for wind turbines requires the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to post monthly updates on public funds spent for wind turbines. It also requires that the information be made public. (Representative Smola)|
|HD1960||An Act Promoting Transparency in Wind Generated Electricity Production requires wind projects to submit production statistics (megawatts per hour) if the project received public funds. It also requires that audited production statistics be made public. (Representative Smola)|
|HD3754||The Electricity Bill Transparency Act establishes a framework to ensure electricity rate savings by requiring annual, public reports of ratepayer cost and benefits under the Green Communities Act. It also requires that costs for programs and policies under the Green Communities Act be itemized on electric bills. (Representative Ayers)|
|HD2844||An Act Relative to Noise Pollution adds low-frequency noise, infrasound and aerodynamic amplitude modulation to the emissions within the MassDEP’s power to regulate. (Representative Peake)|
|HD2054||An Act Relative to Noise and Air Pollution includes the terms low-frequency noise, infrasound, and aerodynamic amplitude modulation in the definitions of noise and air pollution regulated by MassDEP. (Representative Smola)|