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Hull says offshore turbines too expensive

The town of Hull is poised to reject a small offshore wind farm due to high costs that could have boosted electricity rates by up to 25 percent. Hull, which already has two land-based wind turbines and is considered a big supporter of wind energy in general, is drawing a line at building four additional wind turbines about 1.25 miles off the coast, near Nantasket Beach.

The town of Hull is poised to reject a small offshore wind farm due to high costs that could have boosted electricity rates by up to 25 percent.

Hull, which already has two land-based wind turbines and is considered a big supporter of wind energy in general, is drawing a line at building four additional wind turbines about 1.25 miles off the coast, near Nantasket Beach.

Feasibility studies indicate that the offshore turbines could cost up to $40 million more than originally projected, officials said.

"We will not pay for it on the backs of the ratepayers," said Richard Miller, operations manager at Hull Municipal Light Plant, the town's publicly owned utility.

The only way Hull will build the offshore wind farm is if the municipal utility unexpectedly lands big financial subsidies from the federal or state government. Otherwise, the proposal will probably be rejected next month, Miller said.

The expected Hull thumbs-down comes as the controversial Cape Wind project plows ahead with plans to build 130 wind turbines in the waters off Cape Cod, despite criticism that it will cost ratepayers too much money.

The Cape Wind project could end up costing ratepayers about $138 million more... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

The town of Hull is poised to reject a small offshore wind farm due to high costs that could have boosted electricity rates by up to 25 percent.

Hull, which already has two land-based wind turbines and is considered a big supporter of wind energy in general, is drawing a line at building four additional wind turbines about 1.25 miles off the coast, near Nantasket Beach.

Feasibility studies indicate that the offshore turbines could cost up to $40 million more than originally projected, officials said.

"We will not pay for it on the backs of the ratepayers," said Richard Miller, operations manager at Hull Municipal Light Plant, the town's publicly owned utility.

The only way Hull will build the offshore wind farm is if the municipal utility unexpectedly lands big financial subsidies from the federal or state government. Otherwise, the proposal will probably be rejected next month, Miller said.

The expected Hull thumbs-down comes as the controversial Cape Wind project plows ahead with plans to build 130 wind turbines in the waters off Cape Cod, despite criticism that it will cost ratepayers too much money.

The Cape Wind project could end up costing ratepayers about $138 million more than conventional electricity in the first year alone of its operating existence, documents filed yesterday indicate.

The Hull offshore proposal is much smaller, but town officials say they simply can't make the numbers add up.

"We'd love to do this," said Phil Lemnios, Hull's town manager, noting how its two land-based wind turbines produce about 11 percent of Hull's electricity at a much lower cost.

Hull hasn't pinpointed exactly how much customers' rates would go up if it built the offshore turbines, which usually cost at least twice as much as land-based wind turbines. But one estimate said rates could go up as much as 25 percent if the offshore turbines are built.


Source: http://bostonherald.com/bus...

MAY 11 2010
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