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Twenty-one months after a consent judgment gave former state Rep. Mark A. Howland a year to pay $488,000 in restitution to his disgruntled wind turbine customers, he has paid a fraction of that, according to the state Attorney General's Office.
"We were granted what we asked for: the opportunity to participate,'' said Bill Wertz, spokesman for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The retailer said the price that National Grid agreed to pay for Cape Wind power could mean higher costs for 28 company stores in Massachusetts that receive electricity distributed by the utility.
Although NStar has met at least once with Cape Wind's developers, it has yet to follow in the footsteps of fellow utility National Grid and make a deal to buy power from the wind power project. Cape Wind is seeking more buyers, and whether NStar is interested has been a matter of increasing speculation.
"We still have a lot of work to do, like negotiating the [payment in lieu of taxes] agreement and reviewing plans," said Christine Dobbert, Florida town administrator. "They [the developers] are hoping for a start in September, and we are optimistic that the project will move forward quickly."
So how ironic would it be if Massachusetts consumers end up paying higher electric rates because of the Cape Wind project, but Rhode Island gets the lion's share of the jobs? ...There are already a host of reasons to dislike this project - the location, the financing, the cost to consumers. Now we might get one more.
How much money would Cape Wind developer Jim Gordon make by building a private wind farm on public waters, and who else would profit? For years, Cape Wind critics have asked these questions. Now, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is asking them, too.
A Washington-based law firm has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Vineyard commercial fishermen to stop the Cape Wind project on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound.
For years, the Patrick administration and Bay State union leaders who backed the Cape Wind power project have touted the nearly 1,000 construction and installation jobs that the developer promised it would create. Now, there's a good chance those jobs will be created in Rhode Island.
This week the Supreme Judicial Court affirmed the validity of a long-contested, state-issued wetlands permit and ruled that the developers of the 30-megawatt wind farm that could power as many as 10,000 homes can proceed with construction.
Like David against Goliath, the Martha's Vineyard/Dukes County Fishermen's Association and a well-known Menemsha draggerman last week filed a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, claiming that the giant wind farm planned by Cape Wind Associates for Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound threatens to put Island fishermen who work the shoal, including squidders and conchers, out of business for good.
The Town of Barnstable filed one of three suits contesting the decision to lease portions of Nantucket Sound to Cape Wind for its 130-turbine wind energy project. All suits were filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on June 25.
Cape Wind Associates and Nstar seem to be going nowhere fast in their negotiations for the utility to buy expensive electricity from the proposed wind farm off Cape Cod. Both sides confirmed yesterday that they've only had one meeting to discuss a possible long-term power deal.
Cape Wind President Jim Gordon said he would "greatly appreciate" if any NStar customers in the room would get in touch with the utility's CEO, Tom May. Gordon suggested writing a letter asking May to "seriously consider taking the same visionary step that Tom King has taken at National Grid to buy power from Cape Wind."
Massachusetts Audubon Society, which has long voiced conditional support for Cape Wind's plan to build 130 wind turbines in the Sound, announced Friday that the government and the project's developer have met a call the society issued in 2006 for more environmental data before the project is built.
The legal squabbles over participation in the review of the electricity contract for Cape Wind have focused attention on a state agency that runs steadily in the background like a quiet but powerful generator.
The winds of change are blowing as the Alternative Energy Committee continues to make strides in its quest to put three wind turbines abutting the marsh land. ..."This is not a done deal. This is just a study."
"We're not buying a package of candy here," said Robert Rio, senior vice president at Associated Industries of Massachusetts, which represents 6,000 Bay State businesses. National Grid's estimated $3 billion deal to buy power from the offshore wind project, he said, "is exactly the kind of contract in which an open process should be encouraged by" the Patrick administration.
In a quirk of timing, two developers in neighboring states are racing to build the first offshore wind farm in the United States ...Cape Wind Associates in Massachusetts and Deepwater Wind in Rhode Island must both persuade public utilities regulators in their respective states to approve long-term contracts that would allow them to sell power to National Grid.
Environmental groups plan to file suit in federal court, accusing the Obama administration of violating the Endangered Species Act with its approval of the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound.
Over the next several months, the DPU must determine if utility National Grid's agreement with developer Cape Wind Associates is consistent with Section 83 of Green Communities Act, which allows companies to procure long-term contracts for renewable energy.