Letter To The Editor
New Bedford Ocean Wind Turbine Port Headed To 200 Million
Is the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal ocean wind turbine port headed to 200 million ? If it is the public is never going to find out that's for sure.
How many hundreds of millions is it going to cost ?
The final cost of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal is lost from public view for some reason.
The New Bedford ocean wind turbine port was announced in 2010 by Governor
Patrick at around 35 million. Today 6 months prior to the completion of the
local terminal rumor has it that the project is already way over budget because
of cost overruns. The project is nearing 100 million today with December being
the completion date.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Senior Director of Offshore Wind has commented on the project but has never disclosed where the finances are on the project today.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center is in charge of the project. Governor Patrick appears to be pushing for completion of the project by the end of the year at any cost. At any cost to who ?
Where is all the extra money coming from to complete this project by the end of the year ? Why all the extra money to get the project done by December if Quonset Point ,Rhode Island is the construction port for Cape Wind ?
The local spokesman for the New Bedford Wind Energy Center said that their is nothing being built like the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal to compete with the New Bedford Port. He is correct but Quonset Point, Rhode Island has already been built and is complete with crane service. Quonset Point, RI is the permitted construction base for Cape Wind.
In addition to New Bedford a wind turbine blade testing facility in Charlestown was built at a cost of around 40 million dollars two years ago. The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center also built the Charlestown facility.The wind turbine blade testing facility has only tested one large blade and the manufacturers name was not disclosed. The terminal has been idle.
Are Massachusetts taxpayers getting the best for what is being spent here ?
Thanks Frank Haggerty
# Note see link to toxic concerns were brought up prior to the New Bedford construction
Frank Haggerty , Mattapoisett
Toxic Expense 7/25/ 2012