A reader provides her report of a recent EBEC meeting
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The future of the East Bay Energy Consortium - and that of the Tiverton Industrial Park - remain uncertain four years after EBEC formed to develop a for-profit wind farm on the parcel.
The Tiverton Industrial Park is caught in a battle between the East Bay Energy Consortium (EBEC) and private developers and Tiverton taxpayers are losing out. EBEC, a regional partnership between nine East Bay communities, formed four years ago to explore ways to make money off of wind energy through net metering. Targeting the Tiverton Industrial Park as the ideal location for a venture, EBEC's idea for the for-profit wind farm project might be holding back the park's development rather than providing opportunity. According to The Hummel Report, EBEC was started with about $400,000 of seed money from the state Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and its wind farm project would have made millions through net metering. Net metering …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Although the EBEC bill did not pass the House last week, is leaders be would like to see it reintroduced this winter.
In 2009, the East Bay Energy Consortium (EBEC) was founded in order to explore the feasibility of combining resources across the nine East Bay municipal lines in order to invest in assets and technologies for renewable energy sources. A bill to establish the group as a non-profit governmental entity recently passed the Senate, but was held last week before it got to the House. The House Environment and Natural Resources Committee determined it should be "held for further study," which essentially killed the bill. “It was a bit of a disappointment that it didn’t come out of the committee to be heard on the floor,” said Jeanne-Marie Napolitano, Chair of the EBEC Board. Napolitano also serves as a City Councilor in Newport. The Board will …