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Legislation 2013-14 Session – Archive

These tables list the bills Wind Wise ~ Massachusetts supports — and opposes.

To find the name and contact information of your state senator and of your state representative, go to www.malegislature.gov and click on Find A Legislator in the upper center of the screen.

WWMA Supports study of health effects and energy costs related to wind turbines.

Wind Energy Relief Act (Decommissioning and victims compensation funds)

Bill No Information
H.2987 Wind Emergency Relief Act filed by Representative David Vieira “An Act relieving the adverse effects of wind energy” described in the press release from his office. This is the same language as S.1604 below.
S.1604 Legislation to relieve the adverse effects of wind energy development filed by Senator Knapik. This bill and H2987 (above) establishes one fund to compensate people suffering from the effects of living too close to wind turbines and another fund to help towns that want to remove wind turbines. Both funds are supported by monies already deducted from our electricity bills.

Health Impacts from Wind Turbines

Bill No Information
S.1041 An Act to Protect the Health of Citizens of the Commonwealth filed by Senator Knapik. This legislation establishes a commission to study the health impacts of wind turbines and to recommend administrative and legislative changes to mitigate or eliminate any adverse health effects from wind turbines.
H.2048 Resolve to Establish a Commission to Study the Health Impacts from Wind Turbines filed by Representative Peake. This legislation  has a more specific mandate to investigate and study the incidence and impacts in the Commonwealth of adverse health effects from wind turbines.
H.2049 An Act to Protect the Health of Citizens of the Commonwealth filed by Representative Peterson.
H.2089 An Act to Protect the Health of Citizens of the Commonwealth filed by Representative Smola.
H.2970 An Act to Protect the Health of Citizens of the Commonwealth filed by Representative Peterson.This language is the same as S.1041. This bill has been referred to the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, unlike the other bills on health. 

Transparency in Electricity Bills

Bill No Information
S.1602 An Act Promoting Transparency in Electric Bills filed by Senator Knapik. This is the same bill as HD2913 below.
H.2971 An Act Promoting Transparency in Electric Bills filed by Representative Peterson. This bill and SD599 requires utilities to itemize all the hidden costs embedded our electricity bills. It had been filed last year, also.

Renewable Energy Investment Commission

Bill No Information
S.1603 An Act Establishing a Renewable Energy Commission filed by Senator Knapik. This is the same bill as H.2968 below.
H.2968 An Act Establishing a Renewable Energy Commission filed by Representative Peterson. This bill and S.1603 call for an accounting of the cumulative costs of all the state’s renewable energy initiatives. It was filed last year and a version was enacted but the result is a commission that’s dedicated, instead, to continuing the status quo. So legislators have this year re-filed the bill.

WWMA OPPOSES WESRA for onshore industrial wind plants

Bill No. Information
S.1591

An Act relative to comprehensive siting reform for land based wind projects filed by Senator Finegold.

H.2980

An Act relative to comprehensive siting reform for land based wind projects filed by Representative Smizik.

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