The Tiverton Town Council voted 7-0 at its to schedule a Jan. 30 workshop with the East Bay Energy Consortium (EBEC) to discuss the potential of a wind farm cooperative in Tiverton. The meeting takes place at 7 p.m. at .
On Tuesday, ecoRI reported that EBEC's goal is to create a regional alternative energy source that make up its nine towns - Tiverton, Little Compton, Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport, Bristol, Warren, Barrington and East Providence - and ultimately share revenue from the sale of electricity.
EBEC is reportedly looking to install solar arrays as part of the project and is weighing its options on the price to buy electricity, either through National Grid or Rhode Island's electricity distribution laws. In addition, the consortium is reportedly crafting legislation to become an independent government agency to potentially eliminate the project's liability on the nine towns.
Tiverton is also looking at east of Route 24 into an industrial park, coinciding with the talks of a wind farm, in order to create a new revenue source for the town.
On Monday, Council Vice President Cecil Leonard said he has concerns on the infrastructure costs, such as installing sewer, water and data lines, for such an endeavor, and will address that at the workshop.
Last March, the town to look into subdividing the industrial park in sizeable parcels to look attractive for future businesses. The parcel subdividing is being assisted by the Newport County Chamber of Commerce.
A constructed meteorlogical tower in the industrial park since last summer. turned in wind energy surveys last summer which asked several general and specific questions on wind energy production. Of those that turned in the survey, the show support in Tiverton for wind energy.
Engineers and members of EBEC , proposing 10, 80-foot turbines for an overall 20 to 25 megawatt system. He said the project will cost between $50 and $70 million, and produce a net return of about $23 to $40 million over the life of the project.
, a Tiverton energy developer claimed a cooperative with the other eight East Bay towns could have a negative effect and, instead, suggested Tiverton work with a private developer.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story implied that the meeting would address all of EBEC's communities. The workshop will focus on the proposal in Tiverton.