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MassCEC Notice to Offshore Wind Leaders & Stakeholders

Posted June 30, 2017 by

OSW Leaders & Stakeholders:

Yesterday, Massachusetts Electric Distribution companies, in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, issued an RFP for Long-Term Contracts for Offshore Wind Energy Projects.   The RFP, which represents the largest competitive solicitation for offshore wind in the United States, requires a bid of 400 MW and provides the option of submitting alternate bids between 200-800 MW.  Bids are due December 20, 2017.  Selection of projects for negotiations is April 23, 2018 and submittal of PPA contracts for DPU approval is July 31, 2018.

Additionally, MassCEC has released the first phase of the Massachusetts Offshore Wind Ports and Infrastructure Assessment in partnership with the Apex-Ramboll Institutes team.  While the offshore wind developers have committed to utilize the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the primary staging area for their projects, the industry has also stated a need for additional waterfront locations for O&M bases, staging locations for foundations, and sites to manufacture offshore wind components.  The Assessment is intended to light the way for industry looking to locate in Massachusetts by providing detailed information on 18 waterfront sites throughout Massachusetts that could accommodate offshore wind activities.  This first phase is a set of existing conditions reports for each property, providing current ownership, environmental, navigational and infrastructure information.  The final phase, which will be completed later this summer, will include detailed engineering analysis of each site and what industry investment would be required to accommodate various offshore wind activities.  Information on the Assessment, as well as the existing conditions reports, can be found http://www.masscec.com/massachusetts-offshore-wind-ports-infrastructure-assessment.

Finally, MassCEC is working with the AWS Truepower to collect hub-height wind data with a WINDCUBE Lidar installed on WHOI’s Air-Sea Interaction Tower located south of Martha’s Vineyard.  AWS reports the average wind speed at the LIDAR from October 8, 2016 (deployment) through May 31th, 2017 was 10.28 m/s @ 100 m MSL.  That translates to an average wind speed of 23 mph, demonstrating an excellent wind resource.

Month Mean Wind Speed @ 100 m (m/s) Mean Wind Speed @ 100 m (mph)
October 9.82 21.97
November 9.33 20.87
December 10.48 23.44
January 10.47 23.42
February 10.76 24.07
March 12 26.84
April 10.37 23.20
May 9.03 20.20
Average 10.28 23.00

Please let us know if you have any questions on Massachusetts’ initiatives on offshore wind.

Bill White

Senior Director, Offshore Wind Sector Development
Terminal Director, New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
63 Franklin Street, Boston, MA 02110
(617) 315-9330


SNE SWANA Clambake and Scholarship Golf Tournament

Posted June 29, 2017 by

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Brookside Club
Bourne, Massachusetts

18 holes of golf (scramble format) – Prizes – Raffle – Long Drive – Closest to the Pin

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. – Golf Registration – Coffee & Donuts

7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Golf Tournament (Shotgun Start)

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Golf Alternative – Tour of the Town of Bourne Integrated Solid Waste Management Facilities

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Clambake Lunch including Chowder, Steamers, Lobster, BBQ Chicken, Corn on the Cob, Cheesecake

Find Out More & Register

Tighe & Bond Publishes 2016 CT Water & Sewer Rate Surveys

Posted June 29, 2017 by

Data provides benchmarking tool for systems statewide

Westfield, Massachusetts – June 28, 2017 –Earlier this month, Tighe & Bond published the results of its most recent Connecticut Water and Sewer Rate Survey. Since 1998, Tighe & Bond has gathered and published Connecticut water and sewer user rates data that municipal government, regional authorities and private water suppliers can use as a benchmarking tool for comparing their rates against other suppliers in the state.

The survey, conducted across the state during 2016, includes typical annual homeowner water and sewer costs for most systems throughout Connecticut. It also provides information regarding rate structures and billing cycles. This can be particularly useful information when suppliers are considering adjustments to their current rates or rate structures.

What’s New This Year

Tighe & Bond is now teaming with the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina School of Government to present the results of the firm’s rate study using a free, online rates dashboard developed, hosted and maintained by the Center. This gives users more flexibility in examining the survey data. Users can adjust the assumed annual usage that the comparison is based on, review conservation and affordability metrics, as well as compare annual bills. They can also compare rates by utility size, river basin, geographic area, and median household income.

Survey Results

The 2016 water survey indicates that annual water costs in Connecticut range from a low of $173 to a high of $932. The 2016 average was $509, and the median $500. Twelve percent of survey respondents had increased their rates since Tighe & Bond’s 2013 survey.

The 2016 sewer survey indicates that annual sewer costs in Connecticut range from a low of $130 to a high of $1,469. The 2016 average was $472, and the median $401.  Fourteen percent of survey respondents had increased their rates since Tighe & Bond’s 2013 survey.

Anyone can access the online rates dashboard, or request a copy of these survey results, by visiting https://www.tighebond.com/category/rate-surveys.

Tighe & Bond’s Blog for Water System Challenges

One of the most commonly reported challenges facing water systems across Connecticut is aging infrastructure. A rate structure designed to provide sustainable revenue for operations and capital programs is critical to ensure reliable, safe drinking water and effective sewer and fire protection. Tighe & Bond’s “Water Insights” blog located at https://www.tighebond.com/category/water-insights/ features numerous articles supporting municipal and water company concerns including “A Best Practices Guide for Evaluating Water & Sewer Rates Effectively”; “6 Steps to Get Funding for Your Water Infrastructure Project”; “7 Things to Consider When Comparing Water Rates” and “8 Reasons You Can Use to Gain Your Customers’ Support for Increasing Water Rates”. Each article includes brief charts to aid in stakeholder outreach.

About Tighe & Bond

Tighe & Bond, Inc. provides comprehensive engineering and environmental services to hundreds of public and private clients across the northeastern United States, with emphasis on the water/wastewater, education, energy, government, healthcare, industrial, and real estate markets.  A staff of more than 300 people work from offices located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Westwood, Pocasset, Worcester and Westfield, Massachusetts; Middletown and Shelton, Connecticut; and Red Hook, New York.

An employee-owned firm, Tighe & Bond is invested in its clients’ successes. In business for over a century, the firm never stops evolving and improving to keep pace with client needs. Tighe & Bond is an Engineering News Record Top 500 Design firm, and has been recognized by Zweig Group as a best engineering firm to work for in the United States. Vision, technical expertise, exceptional service and strong client relationships have always been at its forefront.

For more information, please contact Marketing/Communications Specialist Debbie Whitney at 413-572-3207, or email at DJWhitney@tighebond.comwww.tighebond.com



Presentation Added: Climate Changes Series Part Four – Adaptation and Resiliency Programs at Institutions

Posted June 23, 2017 by

The available presentation from the EBC Climate Change Program Series: Part Four – Adaptation and Resiliency Programs at Institutions completed on June 23, 2017, can be viewed below. Presentations are not available for download.

Final Agenda – EBC Climate Change Program Series Part Four – Adaptation and Resiliency Programs at Institutions

Presentations – EBC Climate Change Program Series Part Four – Adaptation and Resiliency Programs at Institutions


Mackie Shea Receives Accolades from Chambers USA

Posted June 23, 2017 by

June 22, 2017  The Boston boutique environmental law firm of Mackie Shea, PC and its three shareholders were recognized again as one of the top environmental law firms in Massachusetts in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA Guide

The firm is known for its “respected practice, its litigation prowess and representation before state and federal agencies, its effective handling of licensing disputes, (and) broad experience in matters such as solid waste management, renewable energy plants, and residential and commercial developments.”  Clients commend the lawyers’ “excellence in strategic thinking, drafting of arguments and very successful litigation.”  Interviewees noted its deep-rooted expertise in Massachusetts environmental law.

Thomas A. Mackie, an environmental litigator, has “excellent technical knowledge and excellent client communications…, and is one of the best solid waste lawyers in the state, bar none.”

John F. Shea has a “very strong understanding and appreciation of municipal law and effective client service” across a broad range of environmental matters, with an expertise in solid waste, water supply and permitting.

Peter F. Durning is an “outstanding litigator” praised for his “sharp legal mind” and “impressive knowledge and work ethic” in permitting disputes, enforcement defense and contaminated property.

Chambers rankings are based on client interviews and opinions of colleagues and competitors assessing legal ability, professional conduct, client service, diligence, commitment and business sense.