Wind Power Contract Amended

Delays in the process of securing offtakers for the Future Generation Wind LLC wind turbine power have resulted in an amendment to the wind energy contract between the Town of Marion and the developer.

The main change is the date of commercial operation of the turbines, originally slated for December 31, 2014. During a brief early morning meeting on July 8, selectmen approved an amendment extending that date to December 31, 2015 as the maximum date of energy output.

In a letter dated June 3, developer Keith Mann explained that it has taken longer than expected to sign up the “critical amount of offtakers,” but added that FGW is not really significantly behind schedule as it appears.

“Now that FGW has secured the necessary percent of output under contract, we can move on to developing partnerships and financing the project,” Mann states in the letter.

Mann said that once the appropriate partners are in place, FGW will order the turbines by the end of 2014 and start generating power by mid-2015.

Also during the special morning meeting, selectmen approved a one-day alcohol license for the Benjamin D. Cushing VFW #2425 to hold the State Ladies Auxillary dinner and reception on July 13 from 12:00 to 6:00 pm.

By Jean Perry


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