First Wind backs out of Brimfield wind project! -MassLive.Com
Published: Thursday, March 03, 2011, 2:20 PM Updated: Thursday, March 03, 2011, 2:30 PM

BRIMFIELD – Boston-based First Wind is not moving forward with a proposal to build a wind farm on top of West Mountain.

State Sen. Stephen M. Brewer, D-Barre, said he has talked with First Wind representatives who said that after 11 months of collecting data, the company has determined that there is not enough wind at the Brimfield site, and that it will not be moving forward with the proposal at this time.

“It is our further understanding that the company is in the process of contacting the landowners and will be removing the equipment from the site in the near future,” Kate Cohen, Brewer’s chief of staff, wrote in an email.

Back in September, more than 200 residents packed into a Selectmen’s meeting to make their opposition to the project clear. There were some supporters, but most of the people at the meeting expressed concern about noise, changes to the landscape and blasting that could affect water wells.

First Wind had proposed installing 10 turbines on the West Mountain ridge to generate electricity.

Representatives of the company and the town had said the project could not be built without a zoning bylaw change that would take a two-thirds vote at Town Meeting to be approved.

Stop the proposed industrial wind development around Steerage Rock!

First Wind, a company that has “utility” scale wind projects in several states, has plans to install NINE 443ft high wind turbines next to Steerage Rock and south along West Mountain towards Route 20.

These are the tallest wind turbines allowed by regulation! They would also be the largest structures outside of Boston in the State. Taller than any building in Worcester or Springfield!

First Wind has been in Brimfield from sometime in 2008 and most people did not hear about the project until the end of June 2010.

No Brimfield Wind is against THIS project. The name of the First Wind Project is ‘Brimfield Wind’, that is why we are named ‘No Brimfield Wind’. We are for renewable energy, but utility scale turbines do not belong in ANY residential areas and we are fighting to keep them out of Brimfield. We do support the use of smaller turbines for residential use.

Voice your concerns to our town officials!

Call 413-245-4100 x 4 or email

Attend town board meetings (selectmen, planning board, etc.).

Visit to see when are scheduled.

Written on August 11th, 2010 & filed under