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ISLAND MONEY SAVER, Request for wind bids

The small island of Nantucket off New England could save as much as $130,000 yearly with a wind plant, says a two year study released in early May. In addition, Nantucket Electric Company (NEC) is to seek 2.5 MW of wind power in a competitive bid.

The new study, by the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, found that a wind plant at the island town's proposed materials recovery facility could save citizens from $14,500 to $130,000 a year depending upon the number of turbines installed, the financing and the generating capacity. Biomass and landfill methane gas were also considered and found to be more expensive. Wind industry veteran Second Wind was among those that conducted the feasibility study.

Its release date, of May 3, came less than two months before a request for proposals for 2.5 MW of wind must be submitted to the state Department of Public Utilities by the utility, NEC. No date has yet been established for issuing the request, which is part of a settlement that allows NEC to build a new high voltage power line between Nantucket and the mainland town of Harwich, Connecticut.

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