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Public hearing on wind energy project  

Credit:  By Matthew Sanderson, Tiverton-Little Compton Patch, tiverton.patch.com 14 November 2011 ~~

7:44 p.m. Representatives from the East Bay Energy Consortium (EBEC) and Applied Science Associates are giving an update to the wind energy study going on at the industrial park. It is a public hearing. Based on the data being compiled from the meteorlogical wind tower study.

7:51 p.m. Gary Bush, of EBEC, said they are looking at 10, 80-foot turbines for an overall 20 to 25 megawatt system. He said the project will cost between $50 and $70 million, and produce a net return of about $23 to $40 million over the life of the project. He added they want to dovetail with the Planning Department’s work on a site plan on subdividing the industrial park.

7:54 p.m. Councilor Nelson questions Tiverton’s compensation for being the host community to the proposed wind farm. Bush said they want to come back in at least two months with hard numbers, including talk on a purchase lease agreement, revenue sharing and easements. Bush added that they will be figuring the percentage of wind energy going to each of the nine towns. No action was taken during the hearing, and one member of the public spoke.

Source:  By Matthew Sanderson, Tiverton-Little Compton Patch, tiverton.patch.com 14 November 2011

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