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“e” inc. Environmental Film Festival

Posted March 25, 2009 by

“The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival,” Showcasing the Best in Environmental Activism, Premiers on April 25, at 5 p.m., at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston

“e” inc., the environmental science and action program for youth, to host nation’s largest environmental film festival for the “green” at heart – Boston, MA

(March 9, 2009) – Some of the most compelling and inspirational environmental films from across the globe will be presented in the Boston premiere of “The Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival,” on Saturday, April 25, beginning at 5:00 PM.  The film festival will be held at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology, 41 Berkley St., Boston.  Hosted by “e” inc., the environmental science and community action program for children and youth, the Festival includes some of the most arresting documentaries and film shorts exploring important eco-issues of our day.   WCVB-TV, Channel 5 news anchor David Brown will emcee the event.


Small Town’s Megawatt-Sized Wind Turbine Success

Posted March 24, 2009 by

NARRAGANSETT, RI – The Town of Portsmouth, Rhode Island erected and commissioned the state’s second utility-scale, megawatt-sized wind turbine.  The small town is recognized as a successful model in municipal sustainable energy projects that can offset rising town budgets and provide clean energy at the same time.  Many people in the state, including ASA’s wind energy expert, Daniel Mendelsohn, who worked on the project, applaud Portsmouth’s leadership and commitment in perusing alternative energy solutions at the municipal level.

Without relying on the State or waiting for more incentives from the federal government, Portsmouth’s Economic Development Committee (PEDC) Sustainable Energy Subcommittee began working on the potential use of wind power to provide for some of the Town’s energy needs starting back in 2003.

Today, the wind turbine rotors are spinning atop a 213-foot tower and the final stages of the project have come together as news crews and on looking townspeople witnessed the state?s second and largest wind power energy generating turbine going up on Portsmouth High School grounds.  During the early, planning stages, Portsmouth turned to Daniel Mendelsohn, ASA’s energy resources group lead and wind energy development project manager, to lead the wind feasibility study, siting analysis, and project support.  The selected windy site is close to the highest point on Aquidneck Island and the turbine has begun producing electricity for the high school, municipality, and excess power will be sold back to the grid.

Daniel Mendelsohn and many throughout the state, applaud the town’s Economic Development Committee, headed by Richard W. Talipsky, Sustainable Energy Subcommittee Chairman, Gary Gump and Portsmouth Town Council President Dennis Canario, for making this initiative a reality which has now become a national municipal renewable energy success story and model.

“The way in which we produce, use and even experience energy is going to necessarily and dramatically change in the near future for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the decreasing supply, increasing price, and environmental impacts of fossil fuels. The folks at Portsmouth have shown us that something can be done about it, right here and now.  Working with the Town, we have shown that a significant, technically and economically feasible project is possible and not only acceptable but welcomed by residents,” said Daniel Mendelsohn.

Mr. Mendelsohn was proud to provide an early advisory role to the town as they planned for this since early 2003.

Portsmouth’s wind turbine generator is expected to provide over 3 million kilowatt-hours of power per year, which is enough to meet at least three-quarters of the needs of the municipal buildings in the town and generate a net savings of over $100,000 each year. Over its expected 20-year minimum lifetime, the net cumulative savings are projected to be nearly $3 million. Funding for the project was authorized via a bond referendum approved by Portsmouth voters last November which allowed the borrowing of up to $3 Million to pay for the effort. The bulk of the borrowing was an interest-free Clean Renewable Energy Bond.

ASA’s Daniel Mendelsohn led a team of four contractors on the project including Loria Emerging Energy Consulting, Sustainable Energy Advantage and Rich Gross Electrical. Construction was managed by Canadian company, AAER, Inc. who also manufactured the turbine used at the site.
ASA is involved in several renewable energy engineering support projects worldwide and has additional northeast U.S. wind farm and wind feasibility project contracts pending.  Northeast wind energy projects that ASA is presently involved in include a technical and economic feasibility study for the Town of Jamestown, RI, a feasibility study of Peddocks Island in Boston Harbor for the Mass Department of Conservation and Recreation and a detailed feasibility and environmental impacts study for a wind power production facility at a land site on Cape Cod, Offshore wind projects in which ASA continues to be  involved are for the analysis of potential impacts from a proposed Nantucket Sound Wind Farm in Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts, for Cape Wind Energy LLC and the RIWINDS Wind Feasibility Assessment & Siting Study for the Rhode Island Governor’s Office to assess the feasibility of producing 15 percent of the state’s aggregate electrical demand from wind generation.

Contact Lee Dooley by e-mail ldooley@asascience.com or by phone +1 401-789-6224 for more information or for high resolution photographs of the turbine/construction or for sample ASA wind feasibility and siting analysis software interfaces.

For more information about ASA visit http://www.portsmouthrienergy.com

For more information about AAER, Inc.: http://www.aaer.ca/


Foley Hoag Government Strategies Practice Gears up for 2009 Activity

Posted March 2, 2009 by

Anticipating the rollout of the nearly $800 billion Stimulus Package making its way through Congress, several practices at Foley Hoag LLP have formed an interdisciplinary team to assist clients seeking advice on securing funding for capital projects and growth initiatives. Those practices include Energy Technology & Renewables, Environment, Government Strategies, Infrastructure & Privatization and Life Sciences practices.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has traveled to Washington recently, lobbying for federal funding for areas such as transportation and infrastructure, life sciences initiatives and clean technology/environmental initiatives. All areas are expected to be active in 2009 and will provide much of the region’s growth and activity.

“We have several longstanding practices at Foley Hoag well-schooled in working with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the federal government. Our group has a sophisticated understanding of the steps involved in permitting, procurement and project delivery. We recognize this is an extraordinary opportunity to help advance the interests of our clients,” said Doug McGarrah, partner at Foley Hoag and chair of the firm’s Infrastructure & Privatization practice.

Foley Hoag’s Environment, Infrastructure & Privatization and Life Sciences practices all see increased activity as a result of the stimulus package, with clients who are poised with “shovel-ready” projects. Like many organizations operating in the cleantech space, the Energy Technology & Renewables practice, in particular, experienced a busy fourth quarter of 2008, unaffected by the slowdown occurring in other sectors, and clients engaged in projects and financing deals continued at a fast pace. Other projects, involving major transportation investment, are seeing an acceleration of the design, engineering, and permitting work.

“Whether we speak in terms of our state?s transportation infrastructure and municipal facilities being ripe for improvement or in terms of young companies needing the right incentives to offset risk and forge ahead, many businesses and municipalities in our state will benefit from an infusion of federal funds,” continued Doug McGarrah. “We are launching this integrated team with an eye toward helping clients react swiftly to, and capitalize on, this fast-moving Stimulus Package.”

The Energy Technology and Renewables practice meets the needs of companies, investors and lenders in every stage from development to manufacturing, commercialization, and marketing of advanced or renewable energy technologies with a particular emphasis on solar and wind technology. The practice also serves many companies engaged in developing projects using these resources. As members of the Policy Committee of the New England Clean Energy Council, lawyers in this practice group have been closely tracking the significant tax and funding programs likely to be included in the final version of the Stimulus Package.

Foley Hoag’s Environment practice has been New England’s preeminent environmental practice for the past twenty years. Lawyers have the depth and capacity to handle the wide array of environmental issues that can arise in the course business from the permitting of new projects, cost-effective cleanup of urban brownfields properties, due diligence in the support of acquisitions, defense and prosecution of environmental litigation and many other issues including compliance and corporate social responsibility. This area presents many targets of opportunity for new investment.

The firm’s Government Strategies practice is active on both the state and federal levels. Lawyers in the practice, located in Boston and Washington, work with clients in regulated industries to achieve their objectives on public policy issues. Foley Hoag’s Government Strategies lawyers have worked in senior-level positions within presidential administrations, on Capitol Hill, in state government, in regulatory agencies, and in industry trade associations.

Foley Hoag’s Infrastructure & Privatization practice provides public and private sector clients with a wide range of services beginning with a deep understanding of the often-complicated processes behind these types of transactions and a knowledge of key figures involved. The group assists with a wide variety of services, including legislative authorization, project development and finance, environmental permitting, procurement, project delivery and litigation support. Additionally, the group provides counsel on land assembly, urban renewal and on transit-oriented development projects.

The firm’s Life Sciences practice provides a full range of services to companies developing and introducing new biotechnologies, pharmaceuticals or medical devices including Patent Litigation, Prosecution and Strategy; Corporate Finance and Securities; Mergers, Acquisitions and Strategic Alliances; FDA and Reimbursement; Government Strategies; Venture Capital and Emerging Companies, and Product Liability and Complex Tort. The firm has assisted industries with compliance with new Massachusetts state regulations on gifts and other requirements.

About Foley Hoag LLP

Foley Hoag LLP is a leading national law firm in the areas of dispute resolution, intellectual property, and corporate transactions for emerging, middle-market, and large-cap companies. With a deep understanding of clients’ strategic priorities, operational imperatives, and marketplace realities, the firm helps companies in the biopharma, high technology, energy technology, financial services and manufacturing sectors gain competitive advantage. 225 lawyers located in Boston, Washington, and the Emerging Enterprise Center in Waltham, Massachusetts join with a network of Lex Mundi law firms to provide global support for clients’ largest challenges and opportunities. For more information visit www.foleyhoag.com.