Library filed under Energy Policy from Massachusetts

Patrick's ship of fools

Last spring all the skids were greased for a publicly funded $91 million "specialized vessel for installing offshore wind farms," according to a report filed by Danish ship builder Kurt Thomsen, who also happens to be a consultant to Cape Wind.
29 Oct 2010

Perplexing energy policy

Ian Bowles, the state's secretary of energy and environmental affairs, argues that plenty of alternative power sources have emerged to date and supply should not be a big problem in the future. That seems like wishful thinking. Wind power, especially offshore windmills, and solar power are not cost-competitive today. I doubt offshore wind will compete on price in my lifetime, and I'm convinced solar power in the Northeast will remain too costly.
26 Oct 2010

Wind act will eliminate local review authority

This Act explicitly authorizes this single state agency to approve wind projects regardless of local decisions and regardless of recommendations from other state agencies with expertise related to such projects. It also replaces environmental laws with weaker "standards" that can be waived solely at the discretion of that agency and eliminates rights of appeal by municipal officers, municipalities, and most by other parties.
18 Oct 2010

Google's windy proposal

This is exactly the position of the Cape Wind project where the price per kilowatt hour is to be more than double the typical charge. We have opposed this project and the Massachusetts state mandates that lie behind it. If any Atlantic Coast turbines carry similar cost penalties they should be opposed too.
16 Oct 2010

Biomass benefits, emissions debated

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles directed the DOER to revise its biomass regulations following a study on the sustainability and carbon impacts of burning biomass to generate electricity. The study by the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences revealed new insights about greenhouse gas emissions from biomass plants.
16 Oct 2010

Cape Wind backers blew right by cost

"We spent so much time making it sweet for Cape Wind, we skewed the market,'' said Robert Rio, senior vice president of the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, an industry group that wants the state to wait for cheaper renewables to be built. "Here, they are picking the winners and losers, but we should let the competitive market decide.''
10 Oct 2010

A worrisome wind bill

We're not anti-wind. We're not anti-industry. We believe that wind farms have a role to play on appropriate land parcels, but this bill would force municipalities to adhere to the state's approval criteria and it would effectively silence opposition from property owners affected by a wind turbine installation.
8 Oct 2010

Cape Wind siting economics and cultures of the Coasts (Part 1 of 2)

When there is no wind no power is produced. When the wind blows at night, battery storage power is as primitive now as it was in 1990, with very little improvement. The Big Breakthrough in proton exchange membranes and fuel cells is still a research hypothesis ...Thus, based on economics the conclusion is that Cape Wind is a No Build project.
29 Sep 2010

Revisit renewables

What is the point of renewables? Avoiding net emissions of carbon dioxide, the chief gas behind alleged global warming. Other agendas, however, must have been in play when the requirements were set. First, nuclear-generated electricity, which emits no greenhouse gases at all, can't be counted toward the renewable quota, currently 5 percent of sales.
18 Sep 2010

Regulators push energy projects farther offshore

The new area for federal leases begins 12 miles offshore, three miles farther out to sea than some locations in an earlier draft leasing plan, said Deerin Babb-Brott, state assistant secretary for Oceans and Coastal Zone Management. The planning area covers 2,542 square nautical miles, 1,300 square nautical miles less than originally proposed.
9 Sep 2010
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