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I seem to remember old 1970ish tv commercials about windmills mentioning that there's a federal law in place that the util companies *must* pay if you manage to give back more than you take.
Based on what I read here: http://www.awea.org/pubs/factsheets/netmetfin_fs.PDF
the supposed nationa law may not actually exist. It may be to their benefit to do so though, as the administrative cost to do otherwise makes it impractical for them.
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Now that Cape Wind still has it's foot in the door in Nantucket sound, another conglomerate with lots of bucks is proposing three more wind farms that will be located on state owned water in Buzzards bay. They too want to get into some of this government moneys. Along with this is another separate company that wishes to use the tidal flow in Buzzards bay to operate a half dozen turbines sunk in forty feet of water. The potential is limited by politics only.
The potential for what can be done with a complete change in administrations is "mind boggling."



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I am a strong proponent of wind generated power as alternative energy but lately I am wondering if this is wise, and here is my reason.
This spring Patriot Renewables, a subsidiary of Jay Cashman, Inc. installed a wind generator at the Mass Maritime Academy. These are the same concerns who want to construct a wind tower farm down below Cleveland Ledge Light on either side of the bay.
As of today, they have been unable to make the darned thing work, so it sits on the MMA property like a huge lawn ornament paid for with taxpayer money.
I am now thinking that if they cannot fix a new unit on dry land, how the heck do they think they can manage a whole wind farm on the waters of Buzzards Bay?
AS OF 6/12/06 THIS GENERATOR IS FACING THE WIND AND TURNING.
6/20/07 The wind turbine has a nice website one can access to get info on its output. Go to http://www.maritime.edu/l2.cfm?page=160 to check it out...
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The Buzzard's bay wind farm proposal was just announced. Cape Wind has been in the works for 4 or 5 years. From what I understand, Buzzard's bay has a lot more shipping traffic. Also, wind maps show that Cape Wind has more wind. Also, the turbines would be further from shore at Cape Wind, which by all rights should mean less to gripe about aesthetically. From all those perspectives, Cape Wind seems better. In fact, it seems like the ideal location anywhere along the Massachusetts coast. There's no reason we have to just pick one or the other though. I say let the Buzzards Bay proposal start the process (gauntlet?), and build Cape Wind already.

I'd be very surprised if they don't get the turbine at MMA working. Also, it should actually save the taxpayers a bunch of money. All I was able to dig up was that it was installed at the end of April and was supposed to be working in May after the utility approved the interconnection. It would not be surprising if there was some technical, beaurocratic, or political delay. Maybe the FAA delayed it because of the Warner amendment.
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Just saw the Warner Amendment on the news and that does seem to be the holdup.

I did not find out how long the study will take.
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If they don't think they work, have them take a look at the windfarms outside of Palm Springs, and outside of Hayward Cal. They've been operating for years I believe.
Guess politicians will keep all these projects under study committees until the oil is gone.
The shipping channels in Buzzards bay are very narrow due to depth and miles from the proposed new farms. Wind is just as strong continuously. That's one of the reasons this is one of the best sailing areas in the States.
Only time the wind ever drops off is when they attempt to have the twelve meter yacht races.



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Cape Wind just got state approval and is awaiting federal approval. Cape Light Compact (a cooperative of several towns) has voted 10 to 3 to enter into negotiations for a long-term power supply contract with them.

http://www.barnstablepatriot.com/cap..._12_11712.html

Also, the single turbine at the Mass Maritime Academy has generated 799,928 kwh of electricity since it was activated on June 22, 2006.

http://www.maritime.edu/l2.cfm?page=160
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Now the U.S. government becomes involved and studies expect to further delay the project to at least 2010. Cape Wind stated in their brief that the project would save the emmission equivalent of 175,000 automobiles.
It took the State 6 years to decide it was safe to bring the "wires" ashore!



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Federal Rules for offshore wind, finally...

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/80...kennedy-views/
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I think that all along the developers of "Cape Wind,"have been waiting for Kennedy to "pass on" and Kerry to be voted out of office for any real chance to get this project started. It looks like it won't be long now.
The only thing that disappoints me is Obama's complete lack of interest in atomic power which the Europeans still safely use for 90% of their power demands. Their wind farms are just adding more power to their nuclear grid.



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