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NStar is seeking permission from the state Department of Public Utilities to enter into a long-term contract with Cape Wind in which NStar will purchase 27.5 percent of Cape Wind's estimated total output ...If the contract is approved, NStar estimated the bill of an average residential customer would increase by $1.16 per month, or 1.3 percent, in 2013, according to the notice.
Energy policy in Massachusetts took a turn toward the absurd last month after the announcement that the state planned to saddle MetroWest ratepayers - and those across the commonwealth - with $4 billion in above market costs for a single project that provides just one percent of New England's electricity.
According to Mr. Schoeney, the light department is in debt for $600,000 for repairs to the gear box in one of the town's wind turbine transmission. It remains unclear about who will ultimately be responsible for the bill - the town or the company, Fuhrlander Wind Turbines of Germany.
The Planning Board Wednesday night rejected a subdivision application for the Mount Massaemet Windfarm - an action that could keep the four-turbine electricity generating facility from going forward, now that the town has a ban on commercial-scale wind turbines.
The partial ceasing of Wind 1's operation is intended to be a compromise between the town and the turbine's abutters.
On the turbine issue, Jones was one of the town meeting members who perplexed Town Moderator David Vieira by voting in favor of shutting down the turbines until November and then voted to allow selectmen to continue with their mitigation efforts. "I do think we need to consider shutting them down to alleviate the health conditions of residents," Jones said.
The Compact was created in 1997 to buy energy in bulk for residents of the Cape and the Vineyard, as well as to provide energy-efficiency programs. The [Cape and Vineyard Electric] Cooperative was formed in 2007 to pursue renewable energy projects ..."We found that there was just so many people who were involved in both organizations."
A developer wanted to place wind turbines on the mountain that would have been about 400 feet tall. Now, the use of wind turbines has only been approved for small scale, personal or small business use.
A hearing has been set for Sept. 6 to establish a trial date in Aquaculture Research Corp.'s lawsuit against a regional historic commission and a local woman who oppose the 242-foot turbine.
Members voted in favor of Article 23, a nonbinding petitioner article to shut off the town's electricity-generating Wind 1 and Wind 2 turbines until November. About 45 minutes later, when Article 27 - a nonbinding petitioner article in favor of supporting the board of selectmen's plan to mitigate abutter complaints about the turbines - came to the floor, they voted in favor of it.
Massachusetts utility regulators gave their approval Wednesday to the merger of Northeast Utilities and Boston-based NSTAR.
The compact delivers slightly more than 1 billion kilowatt-hours per year, Soares said. Do the math and this means $2.17 million in additional annual payments from compact customers for Cape Wind's power. "All of the above-market piece is going to go on the distribution rate," Soares said. "That for us is heartburn."
The wind turbine controversy is expected to blow up turnout in the Fairhaven election today, town residents said Sunday, while voters elsewhere said they expected sleepier races. Fairhaven is experiencing its first competitive races in years, with open seats on the Board of Selectmen and Board of Health. Two spots on the Board of Public Works are also contested.
The contract filed with state regulators on Friday totals about $1.6 billion, assuming the project obtains hoped-for tax credits. According to estimates in the contract, that's $940 million above the market price of conventional electricity during that period. Critics of Cape Wind, which aims to be the nation's first offshore wind farm, have long said its power is far too costly.
Without a doubt, the most vocal debate at Town Meeting this Saturday is likely to center around Article 13, which seeks to appropriate $3.9 million to erect a wind turbine at the landfill in Madaket to offset energy costs at that facility.
Engineering firm Keppel Prince is set to cut back its 450-strong workforce, following a slump in orders for wind farm towers. The job cuts at the Victorian-based firm follow delays to projects and a dip in demand, with orders drying up until next year.
"The one-time merger credit is inadequate in the context of the savings," said Robert Rio of The Energy Consortium, a group of large industrial and commercial energy users. The base-rate freeze is not a freeze at all, Rio said, adding later that the utility will be able to continue to add certain expenses, such as pension costs, to customers' bills.
McCauley, in a recent letter to the Department of Public Utilities, said the settlement "unfairly places the interests of one project developer before the interests of others" seeking deals with utilities. The DPU has scheduled a hearing Wednesday to review the settlement.
Evergreen's ultimate fate will be similar to that of Solyndra LLC, the California maker of solar-power technology that shut its pricey new plant, filed for bankruptcy and struggled to find a buyer in a market glutted with the departures of failed solar-power-equipment makers.
During Thursday's hearing, the residents' lawyer, Ann M. Ponichtera DeNardis, defended her clients' case and their right to bring the lawsuit. She said the lease had undergone dramatic changes, officials did not act transparently, and there is clear evidence of harm, including loss of property values.