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Orleans turbine plans back on the burner

The winds of change blew through the country this election week and the town of Orleans is once again making moves to harness one of Cape Cod's most abundant resources for energy. The board of selectmen agreed to allow the renewable energy/wind committee to use about $10,000 allocated by a 2003 town meeting vote for wind energy to study putting a wind turbine in the town's watershed. The committee said the plan was to examine placing one wind turbine in the watershed reviving an issue many thought was killed for good last year.

The winds of change blew through the country this election week and the town of Orleans is once again making moves to harness one of Cape Cod's most abundant resources for energy.

The board of selectmen agreed to allow the renewable energy/wind committee to use about $10,000 allocated by a 2003 town meeting vote for wind energy to study putting a wind turbine in the town's watershed. The committee said the plan was to examine placing one wind turbine in the watershed reviving an issue many thought was killed for good last year.

Renewable energy/wind committee member Allen Kolchinksy said the committee is "poised" and "ready" to being an economic feasibility study regarding wind turbines in the town's watershed. The current plan is a bit scaled back from the previous plan and the committee is working closely with the water commissioners as they progress, said Kolchinksy.

Selectmen said they were quite pleased with the work done by the committee thus far and were grateful for the report issued that outlines the questions the consultant will tackle as the business plan begins to take shape for the management of the proposed turbines.

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The winds of change blew through the country this election week and the town of Orleans is once again making moves to harness one of Cape Cod's most abundant resources for energy.

The board of selectmen agreed to allow the renewable energy/wind committee to use about $10,000 allocated by a 2003 town meeting vote for wind energy to study putting a wind turbine in the town's watershed. The committee said the plan was to examine placing one wind turbine in the watershed reviving an issue many thought was killed for good last year.

Renewable energy/wind committee member Allen Kolchinksy said the committee is "poised" and "ready" to being an economic feasibility study regarding wind turbines in the town's watershed. The current plan is a bit scaled back from the previous plan and the committee is working closely with the water commissioners as they progress, said Kolchinksy.

Selectmen said they were quite pleased with the work done by the committee thus far and were grateful for the report issued that outlines the questions the consultant will tackle as the business plan begins to take shape for the management of the proposed turbines.

The committee is also working to incorporate opportunities made possible by the state Green Energy Act that passed recently, which creates incentives and provides financial assistance to towns pursuing renewable energy projects.

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative has been working with Orleans since 2003 to develop a wind turbine proposal for the watershed and has provided more than $800,000 in funding and technical assistance to Orleans including feasibility studies, environmental impact notification and bird studies, and legal, professional and engineering services. It also spent $5.3 million to purchase the two 397-foot turbines that could each generate 1.65 megawatts of electricity. An additional $3.75 million was committed by the collaborative to purchase renewable energy credits during the life of the project, according to collaborative officials.

Voters at the 2004 town meeting approved the expenditure of $100,000 to support a wind energy project in the watershed, and twice approved the location of the wind turbines in the watershed at the 2005 and 2006 town meetings.

Despite that vote and a pledge of support from the governor's office to assist the town with a project to place two wind turbines in the watershed, the board of selectmen and the board of water commissioners voted the project down in 2007. The boards had concerns about the town's ability to fund and manage the long-term oversight of the wind energy production in the watershed as part of the 20-year lease to a third party developer.


Source: http://www.wickedlocal.com/...

NOV 7 2008
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