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Energy committee: Build wind turbine on Legion Way; Committee's recommendation includes economic projections, suggested vendor

After 10 months of work, the Committee for Renewable Energy for Barrington (CREB) has recommended the town accept a bid to install a 600 kilowatt wind turbine generator at the Legion Way site. The town council is saddled with the final decision - whether to follow the CREB recommendation and award the bid for the work to Lumus Construction Inc. ...The recommendation report goes into detail, explaining specifics about the proposed project. The council was scheduled to hear from CREB members at Monday night's meeting and were expecting some other vocal residents to attend also.

After 10 months of work, the Committee for Renewable Energy for Barrington (CREB) has recommended the town accept a bid to install a 600 kilowatt wind turbine generator at the Legion Way site.

The town council is saddled with the final decision - whether to follow the CREB recommendation and award the bid for the work to Lumus Construction Inc.

Members of the council initially said a meeting would be held this month at which a vote would be taken on the bid. Recently, however, council president Jeff Brenner and vice president June Speakman said they were not sure any vote will be held before the Nov. 4 elections.

The recommendation report - 13 pages drafted by volunteers David Baum, Peter Clifford, Allan Klepper, Jessica Millar and Ronald Pitt - was made public Friday afternoon. It includes a paragraph on page 2 clearly listing the group's advice: "CREB recommends that the Town contract with Lumus Construction Inc. to design, install, test, provide training and maintain a 600 kw Elecon Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) at the Legion Way site for approximately 10 percent under its budget of $2.4 million."

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After 10 months of work, the Committee for Renewable Energy for Barrington (CREB) has recommended the town accept a bid to install a 600 kilowatt wind turbine generator at the Legion Way site.

The town council is saddled with the final decision - whether to follow the CREB recommendation and award the bid for the work to Lumus Construction Inc.

Members of the council initially said a meeting would be held this month at which a vote would be taken on the bid. Recently, however, council president Jeff Brenner and vice president June Speakman said they were not sure any vote will be held before the Nov. 4 elections.

The recommendation report - 13 pages drafted by volunteers David Baum, Peter Clifford, Allan Klepper, Jessica Millar and Ronald Pitt - was made public Friday afternoon. It includes a paragraph on page 2 clearly listing the group's advice: "CREB recommends that the Town contract with Lumus Construction Inc. to design, install, test, provide training and maintain a 600 kw Elecon Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) at the Legion Way site for approximately 10 percent under its budget of $2.4 million."

The recommendation report goes into detail, explaining specifics about the proposed project. The council was scheduled to hear from CREB members at Monday night's meeting and were expecting some other vocal residents to attend also.

Site selection

The report eliminates the high school as a potential location, stating that it "is not an appropriate location for this project due to a lack of available setbacks and the value of the property."

It states that Legion Way - a road that runs east off Middle Highway and dead-ends near Brickyard Pond - offers the "greatest amount of wind" and best isolation from residents. The closest homes are more than 1,000 feet away from the proposed site.

Contractor selection

CREB members believe Lumus Construction Inc.'s bid was the best option for the town - matching technical and financial requirements of the project.

The town received five bids for the proposed wind turbine project, including three that did not meet various requirements. One of the bids listed the installation of multiple, shorter wind towers in town while two other companies offered to build a wind turbine at no cost to the town and sell electricity back to the municipality.

The report states that a wind turbine installation in Newburyport, Mass. should act as an example to follow during the process.

WTG selection

The high school's electricity need is estimated at 1.2 million kilowatt hours per year; the Elecon wind turbine generator is reportedly a good fit. The wind turbine generator has two speeds, stands 292 feet tall (including blades), and similar models are reportedly used in Europe and India.

Wind resources

CREB members used wind map data and not a "met" tower when researching wind resources. Members said wind map data offers better long-term estimates, which, at Legion Way, average around 13.4 mph. According to the data provided, the Legion Way site should produce an average of 1.4 million kw hours per year.

Economic benefit

"At the predicted average annual wind speed of 13.4 mph ... the cumulative savings for 20 years would $3.9 million for 3 percent energy inflation and $6.3 million for 6 percent energy inflation," stated the report. The report also stated that over the past 10 years, the energy inflation rate has averaged over 9 percent.

Operating cost

The report states that the operating costs are for maintenance and insurance, which combined are estimated to cost the town less than $20,000 each year.

The recommendation also touches on numerous other aspects of the wind turbine project, including safety controls, structural integrity, noise, icing, shadow flicker, avian impact, and real estate value.

The CREB recommendation also cited the status of recommendations made by the Barrington Wind Power Exploratory Committee when it filed its final report to the town council in June 2007.


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OCT 7 2008
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