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04 Mar 2011 09:03:52

Nstar signs land-based wind contracts



Boston-based utility Nstar has agreed to buy electricity from three wind power providers.

According to a report filed by the website, Nstar has signed deals for Hoosac Wind in Massachusetts, Groton Wind in New Hampshire and Blue Sky East in Maine. As per the information available, the utility is now seeking state approval for power purchase agreements with projects in Massachusetts, Maine, and New Hampshire, for a total of about 109MW of power.

Nstar has expressed no interest in buying power from Cape Wind, the planned offshore wind project in Nantucket Sound.

For its part, Cape Wind, responding to Nstar's latest land-based wind contracts, stated that the new contracts represent only a modest portion of the total quantity of clean power that will need to be purchased. In fact, it added that Cape Wind, taken together with all of the planned land based wind and solar projects in the region, still do not satisfy the demand for clean energy in New England.

Cape Wind is America's first fully permitted offshore wind farm and it has also secured the nation's first offshore wind lease. The 468 MW project will locate 130 offshore wind turbines on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. The project has gained approval from the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities for Cape Wind's power purchase contract with National Grid.


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04 Mar 2011

Who will clean up the Cannon Power Plant in New Bedford beforte they build the ocean port ?

The project is anticipated to have substantial impacts on commercial fishing activities currently occurring, since wind turbine contractors will not request any restrictions on fishing within the wind park the federal government is expected to prevent fishing because the buried electric cables will become a national security issue at some point in time.
The buried electric cables themselves become an issue to emergency responders.

How would emergency responders respond to this scenario the QE2, or any other ocean 150 ton cruise ship would be nothing more than a multi story hotel drifting aimlessly in between 5 ton ocean wind turbines. Another issue is the ocean wind turbine port is going to be built on a brownfield site in New Bedford next to, Cannon Power Plant, the most toxic abandoned power plants in a marine environment in the United States. New Bedford Harbor is also a superfund site. How do mutual aid fire, police and emergency crews respond to a disaster at the ocean wind turbine port?

The point here is rules that affect the fishing industry,safety issues,environmental hazards and offshore wind projects have not been established. Who pays for the responders to risk their lives for a private project? Let's establish all the rules before the project begins.


04 Mar 2011

The project is anticipated to have substantial impacts on commercial fishing activities currently occurring, since wind turbine contractors will not request any restrictions on fishing within the wind park the federal government is expected to prevent fishing because the buried electric cables will become a national security issue at some point in time.
The buried electric cables themselves become an issue to emergency responders.

How would emergency responders respond to this scenario the QE2, or any other ocean 150 ton cruise ship would be nothing more than a multi story hotel drifting aimlessly in between 5 ton ocean wind turbines. Another issue is the ocean wind turbine port is going to be built on a brownfield site in New Bedford next to, Cannon Power Plant, the most toxic abandoned power plants in a marine environment in the United States. New Bedford Harbor is also a superfund site. How do mutual aid fire, police and emergency crews respond to a disaster at the ocean wind turbine port?

The point here is rules that affect the fishing industry,safety issues,environmental hazards and offshore wind projects have not been established. Who pays for the responders to risk their lives for a private project? Let's establish all the rules before the project begins.




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