Monday, January 16, 2012

The Drain kept a rolling...

And the "economic drain" has just gained momentum in Carver.

As reported in the Carver Reporter:

During its Dec 27 meeting, the Board of Selectmen approved Entero Energy’s contract for the Paduch bog solar array

According to the Executive Summary of MA Clean Energy and Climate Plan for 2020

the economic drain represented by Massachusetts dollars flowing out of the state for energy resources is significant

How will sending our energy dollars to Entero Energy (based in Texas) help to reach the goal of reducing this economic drain out of MA?

These energy dollars will be diverted from NStar, which employs thousands locally, to Entero. The price will be marked up via "net metering". Courtesy of the Massachusetts Green Communities Act of 2008, customers that generate more power than they use can sell back energy to NStar at higher rates. Thus guaranteeing ever increasing energy costs for the other NStar customers.

Sure, there will be temporary construction jobs locally, but after that it will be a regular check going from the taxpayers of Carver, to Austin Texas. Most likely, the PPA (power purchase agreement) will be for 20 years.

We will keep looking into this, and try to help shed some light on this apparent disconnect. Sunlight is the best disinfectant.

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