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Legislation WWMA Supports – 2017-2018 

Docket numbers for bills submitted on behalf of Wind Wise ~ Massachusetts affiliates this session. The text is included below.

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

Adverse Impacts from Wind Turbines

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)
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.
HD1232 – “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.

Impact of the Green Communities Act

SD953 – 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.

Accountability of Public Funds for Wind Turbines

HD1958 – 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.

Transparency in Wind Generated Electricity Production

HD1960 – 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.

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

HD2844 – 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.
HD2054 – 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)

Full Text of the Bills

The text of these bills has not yet been added to the website, but are available from Wind Wise ~ Massachusetts.

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