• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 5 comments on BU-Supported Wind Farm Now Up and Generating Clean Electricity

  1. Great job BU.. Boston is always at the forefront of innovation and exceptional engineering, and it’s due to our many wonderful college’s and hospitals leading the way. I’m very proud to say that I’m born and raised in Boston Massachusetts.

  2. Although our purchase of this renewable energy has a global impact there is no local benefit . That energy goes elsewhere, the jobs to build and maintain go elsewhere.
    We get a credit? So we can imply that all this money is lowering our carbon footprint locally and having an impact here.
    Does that earned energy credit from another state give the ability to offset doing business as Usual with our older buildings?

    1. This is a very good question. The local vs global impact issue was one the faculty led Climate Action Plan Task Force deliberated on for several weeks. The Energy Working Group decided to focus on science-based decision making. To make a difference with renewables, it was important to find a project that would displace more carbon intense power generation than in the greening New England grid. The carbon intensity of the grid in South Dakota where the project is located is two to three times more intense than the grid in New England with nearly half of the generation coming from coal-fired power plants. For more information you can visit the Green Ribbon Commission Knowledge Exchange website. A video from yesterday’s webinar on this subject should be posted by the end of the week. Regarding business as usual in existing buildings, this is indeed the biggest challenge in the Climate Action Plan which has set a goal to reduce emissions 31% by 2032 through energy efficiency.

  3. Anyone with an engineering degree would be able to do the math and recognize the carbon footprint associated with building these turbines will never be offset by the minuscule energy they create. Furthermore the enormous amount of production tax credit subsidies are the only thing spawning this crony capitalism. Wind energy technology efficiency has peaked, and the lifespan is 15 to 20 years at best. This project specifically took a massive toll on the road infrastructure the local farmers and ranchers need to move commodities. What little bit of tax revenue the county will see will never be enough to get everything back together.

    I find it ironic that Bostonians are so proud of this project. Moreover because they don’t have to look at it and deal with the low frequency noise, infra sound, shadow flicker, electromagnetic waves associated with the project. BTW the same negative affects our built-in to Engie’s hold harmless section of the contract. Stick them in the ocean nearby and live with your green dream.

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