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WASHINGTON — Electricity rates threaten to follow the path of gas prices: Up. ISO New England, the region's grid operator, is gaining support for a plan to raise electricity rates by $5 billion over four years, beginning in December. Rates would continue to rise at an undetermined click after that.
The Senate might vote next week on a bill that could doom the wind energy project planned for Nantucket Sound.
The town of Portsmouth has been awarded a $25,000 grant for a feasibility study on wind energy. The grant, from the R.I. State Energy Office, was awarded based on a solicitation issued by the state and will be used to assess the potential for the installation of wind turbines at either or both of Portsmouth High School and Middle School.
Middletown could be getting into the wind turbine business.
CHARLESTOWN - In a town where the height of 40-foot buildings recently sparked debate about the preservation of scenic views, how do 450-foot, spinning wind turbines sound?
Today, U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee sent a letter to four Senate colleagues urging them to reject a proposal to impose a 1.5-nautical mile restrictive zone on offshore energy production. The addition of this provision in the Coast Guard reauthorization bill would essentially terminate an ongoing pollution-free, renewable wind energy project off the coast of New England.
With a budgeted $480,000 for district fuel costs in 2007, Chariho could be making a jump into alternative energy in the near future.
PORTSMOUTH -- Town officials are trying to secure $25,000 to study the feasibility of installing wind turbines at the middle school and high school to offset energy costs.
A group of employees at Raytheon are indeed looking at the feasibility of wind power, according to William Saslow, a systems engineer at the Portsmouth plant.
There's more to determining the value of wind power than knowing which way the wind blows -- or even how hard. MIT researchers studying winds off the Northeast coast have found that estimating the potential environmental benefits from wind and other renewables requires a detailed understanding of the dynamics of both renewable resources and conventional power generation. Data show that wind-energy facilities would generate far more electricity in winter, because that's when winds are strongest. But the need for electricity is greatest in summer, when air conditioners are going full blast.
Much of the opposition to wind farms stems from a lack of understanding, he said. Turbines are not noisy, do not kill birds and are not ugly, Pavlides said.
New England is possessed of much talent but looses a considerable portion of it to other states due to the regions relative weakness in providing for a reasonable priced cost of living even though taxes do not appear to be a competitive disadvantage to New England.
New England faces major near-term challenges in all parts of its energy infrastructure including natural gas facilities, electric transmission lines and electric power generation, according to a report released today by the New England Energy Alliance.
But that is precisely where the debate begins. Do large wind power facilities actually reduce the effects of fossil fuel use? Opponents look at the evidence -- instead of the industry's sales material -- and find that they do not. Therefore even the most downplayed impact is not justified.