The Third Electric Cable: A Question of When

posted Dec 8, 2013, 7:50 PM by EigenAnne   [ updated Dec 8, 2013, 7:59 PM ]

The Nantucket Energy Office sponsored a presentation by National Grid 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. Petition

posted Aug 5, 2013, 2:35 PM by EigenAnne   [ updated Aug 5, 2013, 2:39 PM ]

The Board of Selectmen need to know there is popular demand for a clear, overall energy strategy for the island.   Nantucket needs its own sources of renewable power, and there needs to be a formal initiative to reduce energy consumption.  You can send this message to our leaders by
 signing our petition.

First Round of Off Shore Wind Auctions

posted Aug 1, 2013, 12:49 PM by EigenAnne   [ updated Aug 1, 2013, 1:41 PM ]

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. 

Nantucket Airport: Carbon Neutral?

posted Apr 20, 2013, 11:19 AM by EigenAnne   [ updated Apr 20, 2013, 11:26 AM ]

04/04/13  The Nantucket Memorial Airport has been selected by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Volpe National Transportation Center to receive aid in becoming the country's first ever 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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