America’s experiment in off-shore wind-based energy is raising rates on residents and creating another burden for businesses in a state that is already consistently ranked one of the worst places for businesses in the country.
In December last year, the first off-shore wind farm started operating off the coast of Rhode Island. Although hailed as an innovative step forward in renewable energy, some customers are balking at the higher costs.
“My whole objection to the process back in 2010 was the excessive cost involved in the demonstration project and that’s a concern that persists to this day and I think is actually being borne out by real numbers,” said Larry Ehrhardt, a former Republican state representative from North Kingstown.
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During the state debate over Deepwater Wind, the poster child for affected business was Toray Plastics, which Ehrhardt said was the state’s largest user of electricity. The wind farm threatened to slap Toray with $7.3 million in added costs, imperiling a business which has 600 employees and has invested $750 million in the local economy, according to one report.
The state has responded by giving Toray a grant to help build its own power generator, sparing it the higher rates. Ehrhardt said Toray had received $15 million in total. A spokesman for Toray declined to comment.
For a conservative like Ehrhardt, the state’s intervention to help Toray only compounds the problem. “In a way it’s sort of like driving with one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake,” Ehrhardt said. “You’re putting it to them in the form of high rates for this inefficient renewable energy program but then providing relief by basically taking them out of that market. That’s terribly inefficient.”
Get used to it. As long as our socialist governments both Federal and State continue to pour our tax dollars, dollars that could be used for real growth and infrastructure, providing REAL jobs and prosperity, into useless projects like this, we are doomed to a declining Nation. These people are worse than Bernie Maddoff and Enron. AT least those "investors" knew the investments were tenuous, but the scammers sucking the tax dollars down now are lying through their teeth about the benefits of wind and solar. We have a choice, get rid of King Angus and Susan, both supporters of the scam. Put all our towns into excluded zones. Write letters, make phone calls, submit Letters to the Editor, replace State Senators and Reps with people on our side, run for state office. Fight them at every turn. This is now serious. We know Massachusetts is not going to change their stripes, they never have. We just have to make sure we are not their willing dupe.
Where is First Wind with their payments on the Bingham Project now that they been absorbed into the web of the corporate shell game of Enron II ?
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