Town to hire engineer to review flicker study

The town boards of health and selectmen have agreed to hire an independent engineer to review the findings of the wind turbine shadow flicker report recently released by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and advise the town on its options. The state agency commissioned a contractor, EAPC Wind Energy, to conduct an analysis of the impact of flicker from Kingston’s five wind turbines. According to the report’s summary, the model used in the analysis found that 188 houses or other structures “theoretically affected by shadow flicker from all turbines without accounting for tree cover, neighboring buildings or other obstacles” would receive more than 10 flicker hours per year. Of these, 54 would receive greater than 30 flicker hours per year. Local officials said the analysis found more flicker impact than previously believed.