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Responding to criticism aired at two recent Town Council meetings about the noise and shadows generated by the town wind turbine, the chairman of the company that owns it said the machine is operating the same, if not better, than the first turbine that stood there.
Last year, Green Development won 20-year contracts with National Grid to sell power from two of the Johnston turbines through the state’s Renewable Energy Growth Program, an initiative created by the General Assembly that sets prices for qualifying solar arrays, small hydropower systems and wind turbines. The turbines, at 0 Shun Pike and 2141 Plainfield Pike, will sell their power for 18.24 cents per kilowatt hour.
Professor John King, from the University of Rhode Island's School of Oceanography, and his crew, performed Electromagnetic Field cable readings at the Town Beach on Monday, Dec. 18. The device they are dragging along the sand is called the SEMLA, which is an acronym for Swedish Electromagnetic Low-noise Apparatus, as it was created by Swedish engineer Peter Sigray.
With nearly 3,000 registered taxpayers casting ballots, the measure passed with 50.2 percent of the vote. While no windmill ever was constructed, the $6.5 million in potential borrowing has been hanging over the town’s head. As that vote reaches its seven-year anniversary, however, the town is ready to relinquish the burden.
Town documents show the height for the proposed turbines would be 519 feet. By comparison, Providence’s Superman building stands at approximately 428 feet, and the New England Institute of Technology turbine is 156 feet. Polisena says neighbors shouldn’t be concerned.
Balser goes on to say she believes Block Island was chosen for the first in the nation wind farm because of its small, transient population. “There were bigger motives. Get the first one in the ground where you’ll have the least amount of legal opposition and then, wham, build on it everywhere else,” she says.
“We’re still delivering some savings, it’s just not as much as we’d hoped for,” Wright said.
The only winners in this whole mess are the investors. No attention has been paid to why the investors might have thought this was a good deal. The answer is what I call "the prize money." When the development is completed and the wind turbines are brought online, the investors will be rewarded by the federal treasury with a check for an estimated $100 million. That is far more than they risked on the project; a handsome prize, indeed.
The projects have a nameplate capacity of 461.2 megawatts, but they will produce less power than that because the facilities typically operate at less than 35 percent of capacity. Approximately 306.4 megawatts come from solar projects and 154.8 megawatts from wind.
Ambitious plans to build wind farms in northern and western Maine representing billions of dollars of investment were dealt a blow on Tuesday, after a coalition of utilities and state agencies in southern New England failed to select any Maine-based wind or transmission projects to meet the region’s clean-energy goals.
The wind turbine at Portsmouth High School stands idle no longer. Four years after its gearbox broke down and its blades stopped spinning, the turbine has been replaced with a new and better model that has gone into operation without any problems so far.
In the 24 hours leading up to Wednesday's big House budget debate, Speaker Nicholas Mattiello promised to remove a provision that would have benefited a politically-connected wind-energy developer at the potential expense of rate payers; a top aide to Governor Raimondo said negotiations continued on multiple other fronts; and Republicans primed for battle.
The budget bill headed for a House vote this week could reverse a decision made by state regulators and force Rhode Island electric ratepayers to pay extra to help a big campaign donor connect his wind projects to the power grid. Critics say that language tucked in the spending plan that surfaced after midnight last Wednesday was inserted as a favor to a single company — North Kingstown-based Wind Energy Development.
The last of three wind turbines recently purchased by the Town of West Warwick was installed Friday morning in rural Coventry. The towers, which cost $6 million each, are expected to save between $25 million to $40 million in utility costs over the next 20 years, Town Manager Frederick Presley said.
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — This is going to take a long time.
The turbine, which is located at Portsmouth High School, was built in 2009 but has been idle since 2012 because of a faulty gearbox. The company that made the turbine and gearbox has since gone bankrupt.
“Restructuring doesn’t save anybody any money,” said Bell, who had come up with a bottom line of 17.73 cents per kwh post-restructuring, versus the current 18.03 cent per kwh fuel charge. Bell’s analysis was met with shock. Some in the audience believed they had been “lied to” regarding the savings on electric bills that would come with connection to the wind farm and cable.
Voters approved building the turbine with a $3 million bond issue in 2007. The windmill was built in 2009 but has been idle since 2012 due to a faulty gearbox supplied by a company that has since gone bankrupt. ...Addressing a question by council member David Gleason, Mr. Brusini said WED would not be willing to renegotiate the 15.5-cent rate because it wouldn’t be economically viable for the company, which is already picking up the town’s debt.
Construction of the Block Island Wind Farm is once again raising red flags and upsetting state officials. Last month, the Deepwater Wind project caused alarm after inspectors found equipment damage and a number of hazards that threatened worker safety. This month, attention shifted to the quality of construction — specifically welding procedures and construction practices by the builder, Weeks Marine of Cranford, N.J.
Town voters at an all-day referendum on Thursday approved issuing $18 million in bonds to pay for three large wind turbines that would be installed on private land in rural Coventry.