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Mansfield Turning to Wind Power

Mansfield will join 16 other municipalities in the wind energy deal.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
The Town of Mansfield is moving toward wind energy, according to the Sun Chronicle.

The town is joining a consortium of other Massachusetts municipalities in buying a portion of the energy generated by First Wind's wind farm in Ellsworth, Maine. Almost 75 percent of the farm's energy would be sold to the group (known as the Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Co.) in the 25-year, fixed-price contract. They would then sell the power at a reduced rate to their member municipalities, including Mansfield Electric.

First Wind's facility, located in Ellsworth, Maine, features 17 turbines which generate 51 megawatts total. The facility will be operational next year.

Other members of the Massachusetts consortium include, Chicopee, Boylston, Westfield, Wakefield, Shrewsbury, Peabody, Ipswich and Marblehead.
BH February 05, 2014 at 08:48 PM
I'm waiting to hear about any new infrastructure we may need, even tho it should just be distributed directly through the grid and into the substations.
Kitchen Sink TV February 06, 2014 at 07:14 AM
It will be interesting to see just exactly how much this will actually cost rate payers. The article did not mention ant savings.
HJ February 06, 2014 at 08:05 AM
I think Mansfield does a great job and our costs are low. I wonder if we have to outlay $$ for capital expenditures, will the savings cover that cost.
BH February 06, 2014 at 08:12 AM
I agree that they do a good job, I once again look at the salaries and OT and wonder what kind of work is done on a daily basis.
Tina Mqs February 06, 2014 at 08:18 AM
I'm all for finding ways for alternate energy, but a lot of the success has to do with the ability to store it. And it isn't always windy. But having several options to turn to at different times/circumstances is a good thing.
BH February 06, 2014 at 08:25 AM
Good points Tina, I will say this though, as someone who has been involved with the construction of turbines, it's generally very windy above tree lines, humans very rarely experience this however. Buildings, forestry and terrain help dissipate the wind.
Rev. Ted Newcomb February 06, 2014 at 10:20 AM
Always pleasing to see towns, on behalf of their residents and the environment, turn to renewable energy sources. This will help grow the industry while increasing sustainability. Thank you for doing this Mansfield! Also interesting to see the growing number of PV installations going up along highways in the region. Another great source whose time has come.
BH February 06, 2014 at 10:44 AM
Rev. Newcomb, while not religious myself, it's nice to have a congregation in mansfield that is accepting of all and doesn't alienate individuals based on lifestyle or born qualities beyond their control.
Tina Mqs February 06, 2014 at 11:25 AM
BH, ok, didn't think of the wind above the level of where we detect it at ground level....and amen- good to see you, Rev :)

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