Jon Mitchell, Mayor of New Bedford, MA, provides remarks on Massachusetts House Number 3968, a bill requiring energy distribution companies to buy no less than 18,900,000 MWH from clean energy generators. Mitchell argues that the bill should have a carveout for offshore wind generators.
Economic Impact & Financing
The Patrick-Murray Administration announced EPA approval of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. This approval allows the project to accept bids from prospective developers. The project is a $100 million facility designed for marine traffic related to offshore wind turbine installation.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center provides a technical brochure outlining the benefits of the New Bedford Commerce Marine Terminal. In addition to offshore wind traffic, the terminal will provide benefits to hurricane barriers, more heavy load capacity, better waste water disposal, and shorter load times.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center announced that it is accepting bids for the construction of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. The project is a $100 million enhancement to become the first American port to support offshore wind turbine traffic.
Cape Wind announces that Prysmian Cables and Systems USA and Caldwell Marine International will be involved in providing the transmission cables that will carry the electricity produced by Cape Wind to the grid. Caldwell Marine will install the submarine intra array and export cables. Prysmian Cables will construct the grid interconnection.
Cape Wind gives a brief overview of the litigation that the project has been involved in since 2003. Of the 32 cases filed against Cape Wind, 26 ruled in favor of Cape Wind, 5 were withdrawn, and the one ruling against was temporary.
During a hearing on House of Representatives hearing on Cape Wind, Audra Parker, representing the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, provides this testimony arguing against the Cape Wind project. She argues that there will be adverse economic impacts, public safety risks, impacts on tribal lands, and adverse environmental effects.
The Marine Terminal at New Bedford begins construction. It will be the first built specifically for deployment of offshore wind turbines. This press release reports that the Terminal will cost an estimated $200 million, but will be key to the establishment of the offshore wind industry.
Jeff Thaler of the University of Maine produced this roadmap on behalf of the Maine Composites Alliance, the Maine Wind Industry Initiative, and the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine. The entire permitting process for an offshore wind project in Maine is laid out, step-by-step. The roadmap includes all the relevent state level regulations, as well as the necessary federal level requirements.
Jake Ward, Vice President of Innovation at the University of Maine produced a presentation about the Aqua Ventus Project. Because the Department of Energy gave the University only alternate status for a $47 million federal grant, Ward presents a path forward showing how to complete the pilot project without federal funding. The project is moving forward but at a smaller scale.