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Orleans wind project loses out on grant

The town's plans to get a turbine up and running in the watershed was dealt another blow this month when the project didn't receive grant funding. "It's unfortunate," said Assistant Town Planner John Jannell. Jannell said he would go before selectmen in the coming weeks to see if they want to pursue the $2.3 million municipal wind project entirely with town funds or partner with Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative.

ORLEANS - The town's plans to get a turbine up and running in the watershed was dealt another blow this month when the project didn't receive grant funding.

"It's unfortunate," said Assistant Town Planner John Jannell.

Jannell said he would go before selectmen in the coming weeks to see if they want to pursue the $2.3 million municipal wind project entirely with town funds or partner with Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative.

The town requested up to $570,000 from Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, which partners with Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, MTC, and the award would have made the 600-kilowatt project an affordable one for the town. The turbine would have offset about 80 percent of the water department's electricity needs.

Selectmen were in favor of going it alone because they had concerns about hidden costs in the cooperative model and a lack of control. Under the cooperative, which is a sister to the nonprofit Cape Light Compact, the cooperative would buy the turbines and make a lease payment to the town. The town would also get some electricity from a turbine, or turbines. Some residents support the cooperative model because it would be less... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

ORLEANS - The town's plans to get a turbine up and running in the watershed was dealt another blow this month when the project didn't receive grant funding.

"It's unfortunate," said Assistant Town Planner John Jannell.

Jannell said he would go before selectmen in the coming weeks to see if they want to pursue the $2.3 million municipal wind project entirely with town funds or partner with Cape and Vineyard Electric Cooperative.

The town requested up to $570,000 from Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, which partners with Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, MTC, and the award would have made the 600-kilowatt project an affordable one for the town. The turbine would have offset about 80 percent of the water department's electricity needs.

Selectmen were in favor of going it alone because they had concerns about hidden costs in the cooperative model and a lack of control. Under the cooperative, which is a sister to the nonprofit Cape Light Compact, the cooperative would buy the turbines and make a lease payment to the town. The town would also get some electricity from a turbine, or turbines. Some residents support the cooperative model because it would be less money for the town and less of a management headache.

Both Harwich and Brewster are working with the cooperative and received $200,000 each in grant funding from the clean energy center for their three MW turbines. The electricity savings the two towns enjoy will be passed on to all towns in the cooperative, albeit in a much smaller amount.

"Which is good for Orleans because we are a member," Jannell said.

He added the awards went to much bigger projects.

"They went with bang for the buck. It was competitive," Jannell explained, adding that there were 13 requests for approximately $6 million and the center divvied out $2.2 million.

The road to a public wind power project hasn't been easy for Orleans. Town meeting approved putting turbines in the watershed on two occasions and several years ago there was a plan to put up two 1.5 MW turbines in the watershed, but the town pulled back because there were too many unanswered questions.

MTC had spent close to a million on the project and funded the turbines, one of which is now in Falmouth. The second has yet to find a home.


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

JAN 29 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/24368-orleans-wind-project-loses-out-on-grant
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