Saturday, June 12, 2010

Cape Wind Event in Bridgewater

The Department of Public Utilities is holding three public hearings to take comments on the Cape Wind project's contract with National Grid. Wednesday, June 16th at 6:00pm is the first of these three hearings at Bridgewater State College. Cape Wind is reaching out to ask you to attend this hearing and voice your support. Approval of this contract is critical for the project to receive financing. Because of supporters like you the project has made it this far and we are again calling on supporters to speak up! Cape Wind has put together a comprehensive page with information on the dates and times of hearings, facts about the contract and why you should attend. Link: http://capewind.org/news1115.htm

Bridgewater, Wednesday, June 16, at 6:00 p.m.
Bridgewater State College, Horace Mann Auditorium, 100 Burrill Avenue

Please contact Sarah Cote of Cape Wind by email at sarahc@cleanpowernow.org or phone (508-775-7796) if you can attend. Cape Wind is encouraging members to arrive as early as 5:00 to sign up to speak and to hold signs to show support. Speakers will be called in the order of sign-up so it is important to get on the list early! Bring your friends, family and colleagues and forward this message far and wide!

Facts about the contract:

  • National Grid customers will receive a portion of their electricity in the form of a long term (15-year) stable price contract from Cape Wind, which will provide greater price stability from a clean source of electricity.
  • There will be no impact on electric bills until 2013, the first year that Cape Wind is expected to be in full service. National Grid has forecast a bill impact of a $1.59 increase per month for a typical residential customer. It is important to consider that this is based on National Grid’s forecast of stable fossil fuel prices – when fossil fuel prices rise again the rate impact will be reduced or even eliminated.
  • Included in the contract price of 20.7 cents per kilowatt hour, Cape Wind is providing National Grid with energy, Renewable Energy Credits, and 15-year stable pricing, makes this a good long term value for consumers.
  • For this modest bill impact, National Grid customers will make Massachusetts a global leader in offshore renewable energy and enable the benefits of new jobs, cleaner air and greater energy independence that Cape Wind will bring.
  • Cape Wind will also place downward pressure on wholesale electric prices in New England, saving electric consumers over $4 Billion dollars over the life of the project according to a study by Charles River Associates.
  • When we depend on coal, oil and gas to make electricity we don’t just pay with our electric bill; we pay with polluted air and higher health care costs, we pay with an environment degraded by oil spills, we pay with having to defend global energy supply lines, and we pay with a changing climate. Cape Wind opens up and harnesses our abundant offshore wind resource to meet our electricity needs from a clean, stable and inexhaustible source of energy that also provides a safer and more hopeful energy future.

Please bring your passion and support and speak out at one of the three public hearings!


If you can not attend but want to comment, instruction on the commenting process can be found on Cape Wind's web site: http://capewind.org/news1115.htm

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