on December 4, 2013 to address construction of a third electric cable to the island from the mainland. While it is not currently being proposed, projections indicate another undersea electric cable will be necessary in the near future due to electric load growth. Even though conservation efforts have slowed this load growth, the large scale development of build-able land outpaces this energy savings. National Grid's Power Point presentation in its entirety has been made available on the Energy Office website.
signing our petition.
08/01/2013 Deepwater Wind New England, LLC was awarded development rights to an area off the coast of Rhode Island. NRP reports only two other companies bid in this auction, and Deepwater will pay $3.8million for the sole rights to develop the 165,000 acre lease area. According to the Bureau of Energy Management, the wind energy area has the potential to support 3,395 MW of wind generation. The next round of bidding will occur on September 4th for development off Virginia.
carbon neutral airport. Technical assistance amounting to over $600,000 will enable the airport to conduct a comprehensive energy audit, track greenhouse gases emissions, and implement a strategy to achieve carbon neutrality. The airport's new terminal already uses a geo-thermal heating system, and, according to Town Manager Libby Gibson, net carbon neutrality will be achieved through a combination of conservation, renewable generation projects, and carbon reduction measures. The resulting Energy Savings Performance Contract will guaranty the savings generated from energy improvements will pay for the project over the life of the contract. Nantucket competed with five other towns for this distinction, and work on the initiative will commence in April 2013.
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