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Energy Ventures Analysis; Hewson, Tom; and Stamberg, John
Decommissioning Estimate for the Green River Wind Farm Phase I 
Executive Summary Energy Ventures Analysis, Inc. (EVA) was asked to review the Green River Wind Farm Phase 1 Decommissioning Plan that had been prepared for the applicant by Sargent & Lundy Consulting (S&LC) that explains RMT Energy’s decommissioning estimate. If this plan was found to be unrealistic, EVA was to prepare an independent decommissioning cost estimate that would more closely approximate current decommissioning cost. Our review found that the S&LC/RMT Energy report was unrealistic that resulted in vastly underestimating current . . . Complete article »

Hewson, Tom; and Pressman, David
Wind will not provide emission benefits 
It has become a matter of conventional wisdom that as more wind power replaces fossil fuels, fewer greenhouse gas emissions will be produced. But critical errors on how such projections are made, especially under cap and trade and renewable energy portfolio standard scenarios, may call such conventional wisdom into question. Complete article »

Hewson, Tom
Wind Decommissioning Costs — Lessons Learned 
Last month, EVA was hired by the Mountain Communities for Responsible Energy to evaluate a Decommissioning Cost Report prepared for the Beech Ridge Energy Project – a 124-turbine project proposed for Greenbrier County, West Virginia. The project wind developer (Invergy) had argued that the scrap value of the wind turbines would far exceed the cost to decommission the wind project and that therefore they should be responsible for bonding $2,500/turbine that would slowly escalate to $25,000/turbine by year 16. EVA completed . . . Complete article »

Hewson, Tom
Wind Power Siting Issues — Overview 
Presented at: National Association of Attorney Generals, Wind Energy Facility Siting Issue Panel, Manchester, NH, April 21, 2008 Extracted text: Wind Project Siting Issues • Need high quality wind resources • Large footprint, small power output • Wind power – Green but high cost alternative • Tall Structures – Highly Visible • Impact on local property values • No air/water emissions but may pose other environmental health & safety challenges • Wind generation environmental/economic benefits Wind Project Development Issues • Large footprint, . . . Complete article »

Hewson, Tom
Prefiled Testimony Opposing East Haven Windfarm 
“Q. Will one megawatt hour from a wind turbine displace one megawatt hour from a conventional fossil power plant? “A. Highly unlikely. … “Since wind supplies only intermittent power, its power purchasers have been unable to credit any of the wind project’s rated capacity towards their minimum reserve capacity requirements needed to assure a reliable power supply. As a result, wind purchases did not avoid or delay the buyers need to build or purchase new power capacity to meet their growing . . . Complete article »

Hewson, Tom
Rebuttal testimony of Thomas Hewson Jr. 
In the filed summary statements by the applicant, Conservation Law Foundation and Ed Holt & Associates, challenges were made to my filed and direct testimony provided to the Commission on behalf of the Friends of the Western Mountains. They challenged my four major findings, namely: • Project power output estimates unsupported and likely overstated • No demonstrated need for the Redington Mountain Wind project • Project’s local economic impacts unstudied with no examination of offsetting economic costs • Project will . . . Complete article »

Hewson, Tom
Tom Hewson Review of the REPP Study 
“The report was written under a “small” DOE grant that significantly limited REPP on what they could do …” Download original document: “Tom Hewson Review of the REPP Study” Complete article »

Hewson, Tom
Prefiled direct testimony of Thomas A. Hewson, Jr. 
Mr. Hewson has been a principal at Energy Ventures Analysis where he directs the firm’s environmental studies. He testifies here on behalf of the Friends of the Western Mountains, Maine. Download original document: “Hewson-testimony-redington-mountain.pdf” Complete article »

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