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Legislation WWMA Supports – 2017-2018 

The organizations affiliated with Wind Wise ~ Massachusetts urge support for these bills submitted by our representatives and senators on our behalf this session.

Adverse Impacts from Wind Turbines

H2473 – 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)
This legislation establishes a commission to investigate and study the incidence and impacts of adverse health effects from land-based wind turbines and recommend administrative and legislative changes to mitigate or eliminate adverse health effects from land-based wind turbines. Representative Peake filed a similar bill previously and it was reported favorably out of committee.
Co-sponsors: William Crocker, Kay Khan, James Cantwell, Bruce Ayers, Tackey Chan, Michelle Dubois, David Vieira, Julian Cyr  
Referred to Joint Committee on Public Health.
H1777 – “Wind Energy Relief Act” (Representative Vieira)
This legislation 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.
Referred to Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE)

Impact of the Green Communities Act

S1883– An Act relative to the green communities act (Senator Tarr)
This legislation 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.
Co-sponsors: David DeCoste, James Cantwell, Richard Ross
Referred to Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE)

Accountability of Public Funds for Wind Turbines

H1770 – An Act relative to accountability of public funds used for wind turbines (Representative Smola)
This legislation 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.

Co-sponsors: James M. Cantwell, David T. Vieira, Tackey Chan

Referred to Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE)

Transparency in Wind Generated Electricity Production

H1771– An Act Promoting Transparency in Wind Generated Electricity Production (Representative Smola)
This legislation 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.
Co-sponsors: David T. Vieira, James M. Cantwell
Referred to Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy (TUE)

Transparency in Electric Bills

HD3754 – The Electricity Bill Transparency Act (Representative Ayers)
This legislation 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.

Noise Pollution

H2133– An Act Relative to Noise Pollution (Representative Peake)
The purpose of this legislation is to include low-frequency noise, infrasound and aerodynamic amplitude modulation in MassDEP’s power to regulate noise.
Co-sponsors: Kay Khan, Michelle DuBois, James Cantwell, David Vieira, Bruce Ayers, Chris Walsh, Julian Cyr, Dylan Fernandes
Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture
H464 – An Act Relative to Noise and Air Pollution (Representative Smola)
The purpose of this legislation is to include the terms low-frequency noise, infrasound, and aerodynamic amplitude modulation in the definitions of noise and air pollution regulated by MassDEP. (Representative Smola)
Co-sponsor: David Vieira
Referred to Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture

Full Text of the Bills

The text of these bills is available from Wind Wise ~ Massachusetts.

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