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 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 :)
Rev. Ted Newcomb June 14, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Thanks, BH, and nice to "see" you, too, Tina. :) The ability to make use of less invasive and more natural means of energy production is essential for our planet. Not only do we lessen the impact on the environment, we channel our dependence away from sources that lead to more significant conflict in our world. Hopefully investment in this burgeoning field will yield very good results for all of us.


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