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EBEC Continues Push For Tiverton Wind Farm

At its July 16 meeting, EBEC refocused its push to create a renewable energy engine in the Tiverton Industrial Park, reports EcoRI News.

The East Bay Engery Consortium will continue its push for a renewable energy project at the Tiverton Industrial Park, though conversations will likely stall until after the November elections, according to reports from EcoRI News.

At the consortium's July 16 meeting members discussed refocusing plans around new state zoning guidelines for wind turbines, which includes cutting the number of turbines from 10 down to 5 and installing solar arrays in the 177-acre industrial park. EBEC planners reportedly said the changes would still allow for a profitable project.

Thomas Moses, legal counsel to the consortium, said the regional municipal collaborative was defeated this spring because of an outcry from local Tea Party activists and a letter from Gov. Lincoln Chafee to become a public-private entity, according the the EcoRI News report. 

Moses said opposition to the 10-turbine project in Tiverton originally arose from a provision in the legislation that sought the power of eminent domain - which some represented as a government power grab, said EcoNews RI. The bill died after revisions dropped the eminent domain provision, but placed EBEC under the umbrella of the state Economic Development Corporation just as the agency began to unravel around the collapse of 38 Studios.

We got hit by a tsunami," Moses told EcoRI News at the Monday night meeting in Bristol. "Who would have predicted the 38 Studios situation."

EBEC was formed in 2009 with the intent to reduce municipal costs by collaborating on energy-saving projects and leveraging the buying power of its nine communities. The consortium continues to work on other initiatives to help cut energy costs in the region.

Joe Sousa. July 20, 2012 at 10:32 AM
They can push but I don't see Tiverton as the host community . Most of the candidates for Town Council oppose this project.
Jim L July 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Private enterprize is the only way to go with this while we should recieve some money from the state to develope the park the land should be sold to raise tax revenue tiverton as a town has no business going into business
Bill Carson July 20, 2012 at 01:33 PM
EBEC = 38 Studio another fraud leading to bunco operations by government officials. Industrial wind is a bunco scheme of enormous consequence. And people who value intellectual honesty should not quietly be fleeced by such mendacity, even from their government officials. Only engaged and educated citizenry subscribing to our constitution can and must prevail. The biggest problem with the renewable, "green power" industry today is its blatant dishonesty to the public. EBEC quotes : Wind is Free , Won't cost you anything and "road paved with gold" ? There is NO FREE LUNCH ! Wind turbine lobbyist cash themselves out,pocketing taxpayer loot while turning out energy products that eqaul total failures. The public only needs to review the promises made by local and state officials about the Portsmouth High School wind turbine - A FINANCIAL FIASCO.
Jim L July 20, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Mr Carson, what do you say to the success stories? The Priory windmill, Hodges badge, Lotilier in fall river, all the other around new england that run fine, how do you explain those, why do you come to this site to just dismiss windpower, Portsmouth was a bad thing okay, but private industry investing in this is a good thing, i agree will your EBEC quotes and things but i think you protest to much against the entire industry
Bill Carson July 20, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Municipalities and industrial turbines won't work. Portsmouth is faced with the cost incurred to remove a failed soon to be abandoned wind power infrastructure. You've seen a reduction in revenue as state subsidies to wind power development are lowered and discontinued. Politicians must carefully address the potential loss of subsidies. A Committee should be formed by the Town of Portsmouth to respond to citizen complaints as the electric bills come due. Local town boards are commonly told there is no need to look at negative impacts of operation and maintenance of the turbines. Most of the time the wind turbine contractor has been bought out or no longer in business after the warranty runs out. The commercial wind industry has opened Pandora's Box. The EBEC is an evil that has to be undone. The sooner the better
Bill Carson July 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM
Municipalities shouldn't own industrial turbines .Portsmouth is proof: Gear box mechanical maintenance problems in wind turbines and shaft alignments go hand in hand. The shaft between a gearbox and generator is the critical point of failure. Misalignment most affects the main bearings in the gearbox and generator. When the reset button is used for too long, it will destroy the bearings, shaft – seals, rotors, and so on. A precision shaft alignment during periodic maintenance checks could have helped prevent component failures which led to the catastrophic failure. For example, fixing a bearing in the tower back in February could have cost $10,000 to $15,000. The catastrophic failure will cost up to $600,000,000. A good alignment program should have stopped this problems before it started. The Portsmouth wind turbine will require modification of the spline coupling and the rotor blades need an inspection on the ground in addition to the gear box. If this was privately owned it would have been repaired back in January when the two dollar oil sensor first shut down the turbine .
Lee July 21, 2012 at 01:29 PM
The snake oil salesmen at at it again. To bad Portsmouth got fooled into this scam, I always thouht Portsmouth was a little smarter than this. The towns and cities around the bay should look at the "albatross around Portsmouth's neck" and make sure they don't make the same mistake. It's easy to remind our selves, just look at the dammed thing!
Bill Carson July 22, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Wind Power a Bad Investment : A Case Study The graphs - showing the exact same day in Texas with power demand peaking as available wind is bottoming out - is a strong statement on its own. From an investor's analysis - wind power is no longer a good investment. http://seekingalpha.com/article/733991-wind-power-a-case-study
port-a-gee July 28, 2012 at 12:11 AM
It's The Little Wind Mill That Couldn't! Fire the town council members that were involved in the project! Dumb & Dumber... Town Hall Headquarters!
DownTown July 28, 2012 at 03:30 AM
None of those turbines would have been purchased by the companies if there weren't massive subsidies. Subsidies that have been going overseas to the manufacturers and parts suppliers.
DownTown July 28, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Anyone who believes that wind turbines are a good idea for RI merely has to study the DeepWater Wind debacle which will cost ratepayers $500 million over 20 years according to the RI PUC which voted it down and then was forced by legislation to approve well except for the lone honest PUC member whose conscience forced her to vote against even in the face of corrupt legislation. That's for 8 wind turbines. But wait the $500 million in extra costs are not the only hits that ratepayers will swallow. There is the 3% kicker that National Grid is illegally making because they rejected the plan also which originally came in at 31.5 cents/kwh. National Grid by law was barred from profiting from power sales under the electric deregulation in RI some 14 years ago. The cost fell to 24.5 cents/kwh when the $100 million dollar cost to install undersea power cables was removed from the rate meaning the power cable will be paid for by the tooth fairy. . If you think 38 Studios was a fiasco wait til DeepWater puts 108 of these things in the ocean and RIers are forced to buy the power. Do the math. By law electricity generated in RI cannot be sold for more than market rate which is now 6 cents/kwh and going down to 5 cents/kwh next year. DeepWater gets around this by building out of the State in the ocean. How the EBEC plans to get around that is probably being schemed right now.
weather manny July 28, 2012 at 08:55 AM
I agree! Republicans Suck!
Bill Carson July 28, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Wind power costs 4 times the standard rate people ask ? Rhode Island complicated state basic rules: The current power companies gas etc. have to bid on power the day before they get paid; for example gas, 4 cents per kilowatt hour. Under law, the commercial wind turbine companies automatically get paid the day they produce the power for example, 16 cents per kWh because they only produce power when the wind blows. The New England Grid operator has to take the renewable energy wind product first that day. The gas or coal power company is glad to stand down when the commercial wind turbine company is producing power. The electric rate payer,Jill and Joe, needs to understand is that in Rhode Island, when the commercial wind company is getting paid the 16 cents, the gas,oil or coal company that bid the previous day stands down and gets paid anyway. Your paying two companies for one product. Thus the cost to Rhode Island electric rate payers is the 16 cents plus the 4 cents the non renewable company bid the previous day. Rhode Island renewable energy laws need constant legal review .This is the basic formula the public can understand
Joe Sousa. July 28, 2012 at 11:58 AM
The RI. Legislature has never made a deal that makes sense . I know this Energy cost more to produce. I'm not going to dismiss the movement because our legislature is inept . Getting our power from renewable sources makes sense. I support private investment in this technology. The State Legislature screwed up "again", not the businesses who want to invest in it. The Portsmouth Abby ,Hodges Badge, North East Engineers. All private investments that are working well.
Bill Carson July 29, 2012 at 02:15 AM
On February 20,2007 Gov Carcieri sent his Energy Czar to speak to the residents of Portsmouth. The Energy Czar gave information from the Rhode Island Economic Development Committee's renewable energy subcommittee. The Czar told the residents to build a wind turbine or the lights would go off . In the course of the speech he said natural gas and wind turbines are competitive in Portsmouth. Also shown was a positive cash flow of about $30,000.00 a year or more.,The bond would be paid off in about 12 years, leaving about 8 years of "free" energy on its expected of 20 years power. The Energy Czar had spent almost forty years in the energy business in government and private industry. He also just happened to work at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. Here's the question the residents of Portsmouth should be asking: Why would someone with 40 years in the energy field only tell half the story. Why was the O&M operation and maintenance cost left out ? Why wasn't the cost of gas futures at the time brought up. Why were only commercial wind turbines involved ? What happened to heat pumps,photovoltaic,geothermal,solar,fiber optic lighting etc. Beware of those who use the truth to deceive. When someone tells you something that is true, but leaves out important information that should be included, he can create a false impression.

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