[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


News Home

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate $10

Donate $5

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind pressure builds  

Credit:  By Boston Herald Editorial Staff, www.bostonherald.com 21 April 2011 ~~

What if you spent 10 years and $2.6 billion to build a wind energy project, but still couldn’t find customers?

OK, so that’s not technically the case with Cape Wind, since National Grid has agreed to purchase half the power produced by the heavily subsidized operation.

But few commercial enterprises could stay in business if they only managed to sell 50 percent of their inventory – and at well-above-market rates.

The difference with Cape Wind, of course, is that it has been and will continue to be propped up by its powerful political cheerleaders, who are pulling out all the stops to make sure their pet project is a success.

That includes sending a member of the president’s cabinet to deliver the final permits for the project, in person, as Interior Secretary Ken Salazar did this week.

And it may even include moving the regulatory goalposts in the middle of the game, by pressuring NStar [NST] to join National Grid in agreeing to buy energy from Cape Wind.

NStar has thus far shown no interest, insisting it can meet its green-energy obligations under state law without Cape Wind, citing deals it has struck with several land-based wind projects that will not result in inflated rates for its customers.

But those deals require approval from the very people who are leading the charge for Cape Wind.

At the same time, NStar needs the Patrick administration’s OK for its planned merger with Northeast Utilities. Already, the administration has changed the standard of review for that merger, issuing a unilateral decree (after the utility filed notice of its plans) that it must provide a “net benefit” to the public. The long-accepted standard was that such a merger result in “no net harm.”

Asked whether the administration would pressure NStar into a Cape Wind deal, Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard Sullivan said Tuesday, “nobody is saying ‘have to.’ ” Well, they wouldn’t say it out loud, now, would they?

Source:  By Boston Herald Editorial Staff, www.bostonherald.com 21 April 2011

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding
Donate $5 PayPal Donate


News Watch Home

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook


© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.