Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Psst! Did you hear the one about the three nuns and the project manager?


The Boston Globe Sunday magazine has a great feature story (link below) about Mount St. Mary's Abbey in Wrentham, Massachusetts and their dream project to put up a wind turbine to provide 75% of the abbey's electricity. And thanks to Governor Deval Patrick's Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, projects like this one are sprouting up all over the state. Ok, so it's a Commonwealth, like Virginia, not a state, but you get the idea.

The new state law says that owners of large turbines up to 2MW (about 440 homes worth) can sell excess power back to their electricity provider, something that was not allowed previously.

This will trigger lots of 'smaller' wind projects. Freelance PMs may want to keep an eye open for situations like this, and rather than working on gigantic power projects, it may be more interesting and productive to work on a bevy of medium and small projects like this one.

Here is the link to the article. The Globe does not always leave the articles up for long, so read it while it's there:
http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2008/11/30/higher_power/

In a related story, from today's news, by coincidence, there is this story (link below) also from the Boston Globe, about the Cape Wind project finally getting some wind in its sails. It appears that the Minerals Management Service of the Department of the Interior is about to release a favorable report which would allow the project to lease Federal property for the wind farm.

Here's a map of the Cape Wind project.












And...here is the link for that story:
http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/green/articles/2008/12/02/us_backing_of_wind_farm_could_come_this_week/


In order to avoid being long-winded... I will stop here. Enjoy.

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