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State’s top court to hear case against Cape Wind power contract  

Credit:  Written by Patriot Staff, www.barnstablepatriot.com 7 September 2011 ~~

Opponents of National Grid’s contract to buy half the power to be generated by the Cape Wind project will argue their case before the state Supreme Judicial Court tomorrow [Sept. 9].

“A decision by the court to allow the Cape Wind-National Grid contract to stand would sentence ratepayers to increased electric bills, a future of skyrocketing renewable energy costs, and give the green light for future renewable energy decisions to be based on political considerations rather than price,” Audra Parker, president and CEO of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, declared in a press statement.

Joining the Alliance in its challenge to the Nov. 22 decision of the state Department of Public Utilities to approve a power purchase agreement are Associated Industries of Massachusetts, New England Power Generators Association, and TransCanada Power Marketing.

On the day the DPU approved the contract, Cape Wind President Jim Gordon said the action validated the project as “a good value delivering clean energy without all the associated costs of fossil fuels.”

Clean Power Now, a supporter of the effort to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound, expressed its pleasure that the DPU decision had taken into account “the future costs benefits of complying with the state global warming law.”

Tomorrow’s proceedings can be watched live starting at 9 a.m. by going to http://www.suffolk.edu/sjc/ and scrolling down to that day’s list of cases.

Source:  Written by Patriot Staff, www.barnstablepatriot.com 7 September 2011

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