Energy

With new marine terminal to come, Cape Wind picks New Bedford for operations

Posted 10/20/10

NEW BEDFORD – Massachusetts will construct a new marine terminal in New Bedford, which will accommodate the delivery, assembly and installation of offshore wind turbines for the Cape Wind project.

Gov. Deval L. Patrick made the announcement Wednesday afternoon, seemingly dealing a blow to efforts by Rhode Island to woo Cape Wind Associates to Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown.

Patrick’s office said the $35 million New Bedford facility would host 600 to 1,000 jobs supported by construction of the Cape Wind farm in Nantucket Sound. The terminal is expected to open in 2012.

“In the first half of the 19th century, New Bedford produced the advanced fuel of the age – whale oil – and became known as ‘The City That Lit the World,’ ” Patrick said. “Now, with this new terminal, and this first-in-the-nation project, New Bedford will once again begin to light the world, but this time with the clean, renewable energy resource of the 21st century – offshore wind.”

The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal will consist of a 1,200-linear-foot bulkhead with deep-water access and roughly 20 acres of surface space. The governor’s office said Cape Wind’s turbine supplier, Siemens, would become the terminal’s first tenant. The terminal will provide dock space for delivery and construction vessels as well as space to store the turbine parts.

State and Cape Wind officials touted the terminal as a way to spark economic growth centered around the emerging renewable energy industry.

“With this announcement, we take an important step toward transforming New Bedford from the Whaling City to the Wind Turbine City,” said U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, chair of the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. “The same winds that once powered whaling ships will soon be harnessed to meet our energy needs in Massachusetts and around New England.”

When not in use for offshore wind projections, the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal will be available for other marine commercial and industrial activities, such as bulk cargo and container shipping.

The container shipping operations would compete head-to-head with the Port of Providence, which recently received federal money to purchase two new cranes.

The announcement also appears to take Quonset Point out of the running to host Cape Wind operations. As recently as June a Cape Wind Associates spokesman had told The Standard-Times that the developer was still deciding between Quonset and New Bedford.

Cape Wind Associates had originally settled on using Quonset after evaluating six ports, but they became interested in New Bedford after heavy lobbying from Mayor Scott W. Lang, The Standard-Times reported in April.

But Quonset may still host a wind farm developer in the end. Providence-based Deepwater Wind has committed to establishing a staging area for its wind farms proposed off the coast of Rhode Island. The first farm proposed, an eight-turbine farm off Block Island, is tied up in court with a decision expected sometime next year. The second farm is years away from construction.

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Billcarson

The City of New Bedford doesn't even own the land ! What kind of bunco scheme is going on?Every election year some kind of major project is promised to New Bedford such as trains, aquariums, hotel casinos, ocean ports, airport extensions, wind turbine testing facility, you all know the drill.This year isn't any different .

The New Bedford site selection is yet another case where there are now more questions than answers, many of them as simple as who owns the property and why it needs to be taken by eminent domain. Announcing tens of millions of taxpayer dollars for a site the state does not yet own is nothing more than an election season stunt. New Bedford officials are still in talks with private landowners who control portions of the property !

The New Bedford site selection is further evidence that Cape Wind is rapidly evolving into another Big Dig - a money pit with no end in sight to taxpayer bailouts. The development and rehabilitiation of the New Bedford site would cost taxpayers upwards of $35 million. If the project is built, Cape Wind developers are asking for another estimated $600 million in federal stimulus miney. All this for a project that would pay only $88,000 in annual lease payments.

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Billcarson

What's more is that Gov Patrick met with Ken Salazar on April 28,2010 .At that meeting Quonset Point was selected as the site for Cape Wind ! This is a re-election scam !

Here is the Mineral Mangement Services pdf file :

http://www.doi.gov/news/doinews/upload/Cape-Wind-EA.pdf

Page 9

Quonset Staging Area

Background: The FEIS describes the industrial port facility located in Quonset, Rhode Island as the onshore staging area for major construction activity associated with the Proposed Action.

This site was formally known as the U.S. Naval Reservation-Quonset Point.

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bulgernd

Thank you for reporting the facts, the upcoming revitalization of a city that long has struggled and now has attracted a new industry to be a a thriving center again. I resent the effort to discredit the elected officials and a company that could choose many other locations and easier access to a new energy business. In fact, Cape Wind is perfect for the job and for New Bedford because it welcomes the challenge, makes an independent choice, and chooses the hard road because like Massachusetts, the first state, it sees opportunity not obstacles, and is willing to put in the effort and build an infrastructure, not to make a Big Dig project for its own sake, but an offshore energy supply that will show the world that we can do it. That is nothing but the American spirit. If we had more of it, we would do less complaining and learn from Cape Wind's example. Way to go fishing New Bedford, you'lve landed the big one.

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This is another example of failure by the Governor and the best and brightest at the EconomickDevelopment Corporation who have allowed themselves to be pants by Deeperwater. I can't wait to hear the sterile rhetoric that will eminate from the Governor's office and the mouthpiece at EDC as to why RI lost this deal after having apportioned $22.3 mill in federal stimulus money for infrastructure for this company. The good news is it was a bad deal to begin with and the good fortune to rid ourselves of this deceptive company. The bad news is the inability of the Governor and the neanderthalls at EDC To listen to knowledgeable informed people abot the efficacy of the deal and the downside.

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Billcarson

So here it is May 24,2011 and the Cape Wind project has been put on hold until at least Sept of 2012 . Massachusetts officials have said over and over that the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal was going to be built anyway and the land purchased by the state of Massachusstts and the 35 million in taxpayer funds pouring out the back door of Beacon Hill wasn't going to the New Bedford terminal for a private ocean wind contractor and construction was to start in April of 2011.

Well here's the deal -the project is on hold and guess what ? The local newspapers , in favor of the ocean wind project ,are reporting the project will start "sometime this summer"

In other words since the ocean wind project went on hold so did the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal

Why can't our elected officials tell us the truth . Last year they got caught building the 91 million dollar barge to no where and now the terminal in New Bedford .......

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