Council Supports East Bay Energy Consortium Legislation

Project supporters are hopeful the legislation is passed by early June and wind turbines will be spinning soon after.

In a 4-0 vote during Tuesday's meeting, members approved supporting a resolution that urges the General Assembly to enact legislation that establishes the East Bay Energy Consortium (EBEC).

Nine communities have agreed join in on the green project that would erect wind turbines to cut energy costs.

Project supporters are hopeful the legislation will be approved by May or early June, according to East Providence Planning Director Jeanne Boyle. 

A potential site has been targeted in Tiverton. It is an industrial area, she said. It's still unknown how energy dividends would be split among the involved communities.

Eric Bush, project manager of the project attended the meeting to answer questions councilors may have asked; however, he didn't get a chance to address them, as members quickly approved the resolution.

Govstench May 04, 2012 at 11:21 AM
The control of the EBEC over its own pensions and salaries and all that comes with that virtually guarantees that there will be no distributions to the participating municipalities. The Consortium, when the wind turbine facility is operational, promises to pay the participating communities payments of unspecified amounts, but those payments are not guaranteed. The Consortium would have the power of eminent domain; and would be able to seize private property in Portsmouth, and the other municipalities belonging to the consortium.
xatianAquidneck May 08, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Eminent Domain doesn’t work like that; because the goal of this thing isn’t to take over the world… get real! The nine cities some years ago voted to invest in the Wind Assets, say again? Wind Assets of our state and has nothing to do with taking over peoples’ backyard. It is attempting to use Rhode Island’s wind pattern (an untapped natural resource) to produce energy for the East Bay and this group is simply carrying out the will of the people when voted and envisioned last decade. This group aims to bring energy production to Rhode Island, so residents here don’t have to buy it from other states… This is more of the East Bay freeing itself from the fiefdom over us from energy producers outside our state wouldn’t you agree?
xatianAquidneck May 08, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Seize private property in Portsmouth? Come on now... Portsmouth residents are pretty adept at knowing how they will run their community. And Portsmouth has expressed a community investment to wind energy generation by the presence of two turbines already. The wind is a natural resource, and Rhode Island residents can tap into it as a western state would tap into coal mining.
Doubting Thomas May 08, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Eminent Domain doesn’t work like that? Ask the people of Waterford, CT.
Govstench May 09, 2012 at 10:50 PM
xatianAquidneck, you are exchanging one fiefdom for another. Have you read the bill? If you have not, then I understand your response. Otherwise, your statement is just spin. No one said anything about taking over the world. Wind turbines are only 35% efficient under best conditions. Land based turbines are the best to have but they must be placed in remote locations. I would ask the bigger question why eminent domain is even needed in this legisation? RI wind patterns are along the coast, not all the way up Narragansett Bay. Thankfully, the legislation is stalling out in the general assembly and a few sponsors have removed their names from it.


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