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Bay State ratepayers and taxpayers - already footing the $2 billion-plus bill to plant 130 Cape Wind turbines in Nantucket Sound - will have to cough up an additional $66 million to dismantle the structures when they eventually break down, newly revealed state filings show.
The state Department of Public Utilities is midway through two weeks of hearings to determine whether a contract to sell power from the 130-turbine wind farm to electric utility National Grid is cost-effective. Yesterday a witness for the project's primary opposition group, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, faced an onslaught of questions from attorneys for Cape Wind, National Grid, project supporters and state officials.
The town lost its $26,000 down payment on the wind turbine that is supposed to power the high school/middle school when the original contractor went bankrupt.
Senator Costantino Garraffa, of the parliamentary anti-Mafia committee, said the Mafia was trying to break into the "new economy" of alternative energy as it sought to launder money earned from crime. The seizure of Mr Nicastri's assets "confirms the interest that organised crime has in renewable energy.
Somewhere over the rainbow lies a wind-powered Brewster town.
The primary group fighting the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm is crying foul over public records requests to learn more about negotiations to sell power from the project. The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound has filed a pair of appeals with Massachusetts and federal officials claiming that the group has not received complete responses to records requests.
Political candidates in Massachusetts are attacking Cape Wind, making the nation's first federally approved offshore wind project a target of liberals and conservatives seeking seats in Congress and the governor's office.
Benson questioned Cape Wind Vice President Dennis Duffy and Robert Stoddard, vice president of the economic consulting firm Charles River Associates, about the difference between the price National Grid has agreed to pay Cape Wind for renewable energy credits under the contract and the price for the credits on the open market over the past several years.
Cape Wind will be forced to build fewer than its projected 130 turbines on Nantucket Sound if it can't find enough buyers for its electricity - and that would increase its cost to ratepayers, new state filings and public testimony show.
The city is exploring the South Terminal area as one of several possible sites along the harbor that could serve as the staging port for Cape Wind's 130 wind turbines, Mayor Scott W. Lang confirmed last week. Lt. Gov. Tim Murray got a glimpse of the site from the water Thursday afternoon during a boat tour of the harbor with Lang and other city officials.
The Municipal Light Company's Board of Commissioners and Solaya Energy, of Woburn, signed an agreement to explore building a wind turbine project on Blood Hill. ..."Basically, they're going to come back to us within 60 days. We have to come to terms on how much we are going to pay for the electricity generated from the turbine."
Under the terms of the deal, which is pending before Massachusetts Land Court, the developer of the wind project has agreed to move three of the turbines, and Silverleaf Resorts, a neighboring condominium project, has agreed to refrain from any further lawsuits.
The developers of a proposed seven-turbine wind project in Bournedale made their first presentation to the Cape Cod Commission Monday night in front of a crowd that included both supporters and neighbors with concerns over the proposal.
In just 20 minutes on Wednesday night, voters approved a $162,000-per-year payment in lieu of taxes agreement with the company behind the Hoosac Wind project to put 20 wind turbines on the Hoosac range.
There are lots of reasons to oppose this project [Cape Wind], including the increased costs to ratepayers in the years ahead. But yesterday's SJC decision points to yet another. In its efforts to ensure the future of this particular project the Patrick administration has run roughshod over the centuries-old public trust doctrine.
Brimfield needs time to determine if it can live with the project. Placing eight to 10 wind-turbine towers that may be almost 400-feet high is a pretty tall order. The project would definitely affect the town's rural character, so officials and residents should demand that First Wind provide as much information as possible.
At a public meeting held on the southernmost Elizabeth Island Friday afternoon the Gosnold wind committee, a subcommittee appointed by the selectmen in that town, met to announce that it was working to draft a memorandum of understanding with the state concerning efforts to develop wind turbines off Cuttyhunk's southern shores.
Massachusetts public utilities regulators will begin hearings next week to review of whether the price of power from the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm is cost-effective. ...The deal's price is much higher than the current market and the cost to National Grid of other renewable energy sources, Lesser said. Using those standards, he said, the contract fails his definition of cost-effectiveness.
A divided Supreme Judicial Court ruled 4-2 this morning that the state has the power to overrule community opposition and grant the controversial Cape Wind project a suite of local permits it needs to start construction. ..."We affirm the decision of the siting board and conclude that the challenged regulation is valid,'' Justice Margot Botsford wrote for the four-justice majority.
An Environmental Notification Form under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act has been issued for the project. No further comprehensive state review is required. Upon successful completion of Cape Cod Commission evaluation, the Bourne Planning Board will review the project, along with the Bourne Conservation Commission.