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Hearing on NStar-Cape Wind contract in Natick

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.
21 May 2012

Paying too much for wind

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.
21 May 2012

3 longtime residents seek Falmouth selectman's seat

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.
6 May 2012

Energy agencies' ties targeted

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."
5 May 2012

Falmouth turbine votes go both ways

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.
6 Apr 2012

How much is too much for Cape Wind's power?

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."
4 Apr 2012

Wind debate whips up Fairhaven election, residents say

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.
2 Apr 2012

NStar's Cape Wind pact pays $940M over market

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.
31 Mar 2012

NStar/Northeast Utilities merger under scrutiny

"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.
22 Mar 2012

Little wind farm eyes big deal

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.
19 Mar 2012
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