East Bay Energy Consortium Act Good or Bad???? Continued

Continuation of blog "East Bay Energy Consortium Act.... Good or Bad???

It's time to start a new page for this discussion as we are now over 1000 comments and it is quite cumbersome to negotiate.

The first post can be reviewed at


It is important that we do not let this fall under the radar.  EBEC is not going away; they are merely re-grouping.

If you have time, take a few minutes to watch the last Bristol Town Council meeting at http://www.bristolri.us/videos/brtc07-18-12.wmv   The EBEC portion starts at one hour 11 minutes and the "must see" portion is at one hour 43 minutes when Ken Marshall, self-proclaimed founder of EBEC, tells us that it was all in our imagination that they ever wanted to be a quasi-governmental agency with eminent domain rights. He also tells us that the only intent of EBEC was to "peak the interest of private industry".

Something is brewing.  Ken Marshall is also running for State Rep in District 68.

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Jack Baillargeron August 10, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Part 5 I loved it when you decided to bring up the investor in Tiverton who wanted to build a wind farm with private money. How did you answer that, accuse the investor of shady dealings when he was not there to answer your accusations. Disgusting display in my opinion as Mr. Shapiro pointed out, that was totally irrelevant. At least the guy has a plan that sure as hell is not as shady as the EBEC and your undying support for it in my opinion also. The Council also needs to quit deriding free speech, even when they don’t like it. Mr. Barboza needs a refresher on it obviously, his constant insinuation that citizens are lying is disgusting. Yes when you say citizens are not telling the truth or are misinformed you are calling them liars. At least we are reading the laws and the minutes of the EBEC. His arrogance and holier than thou attitude is an embarrassment to the town in my opinion. The only 2 voices of reason on the Council were Mr. Texiera and Halsey. They understand that government needs to stay out of the private sector period and know that taxpayers’ monies are to be cherished not squandered. Ms. Parella seems concerned but also does not speak to the real problem with the EBEC, Nobody seems to know what the hell the plan is. Is it to form a utility or study ways to bring renewable energy through private enterprise? That has yet to be answered for 3 years now! Yep more to come on this I am sure ;-}
Jack Baillargeron August 10, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Should read I can not understand for the life of me why some people just cannot admit when they are WRONG!
Gary Morse August 10, 2012 at 08:39 AM
Jack, If we leaned anything, it is that this kind of project does not belong in the hands of unqualified local volunteers who "work hard" at something they know nothing about. Just like BCWA, the town councils believed that their only duty was to assign a bunch of volunteer board members, and once done, they could turn their backs on any further responsibility. Here we have a Phase II study that was completed in 2010, and the Bristol Town Council (or any other council for that matter) is just getting around to debating what action needs to be taken based on the Phase II results. Ken Marshall appears to be the worst baby sitter in the world on a project that he claims was "his baby".
Gary Morse August 10, 2012 at 08:52 AM
A post from the prior EBEC blog deserves a second posting here (thanks to Manifold Witness for the research). It reads: Contrary to what Ken Marshall has said recently, the email trail shows that EDC did not want private development of wind turbines. Katharine Flynn, EDC Director of Business Development wrote to Keith Stokes & Julian Dash. Told them she had met with Andy Shapiro who told her that his company (Apex Wind) was working on an agreement with Tiverton to do a $55M investment. Flynn wrote, “my guess is that they (“other 8 cities”) aren’t going to be happy”. Keith Stokes wrote to Katharine Flynn: “I do not believe this. I will reach out this weekend to Tiverton Town Solicitor who is a personal friend”. Julian Dash wrote to Katharine Flynn & Stokes: “Disaster. It will destroy the EBEC project”… Julian Dash wrote more choice words. This doesn’t fit with what Ken Marshall is saying lately.
Jack Baillargeron August 10, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Very true Gary very true.
marina peterson August 10, 2012 at 03:38 PM
An example of the invoices that are being processed in Bristol is a "blended rate" for attorney fees. i.e., one rate no matter who does the work - partner, associate, para-legal or office staff! I'd say the lay firm had a pretty good deal there! It is evident that there is no-one in Bristol minding the store. Invoices come in and they are paid... no questions asked. Councilman Hereshoff requested, at the July 18th meeting, that an effort be made to modify the process whereby some entity other than the Town of Bristol manages the funds. This was not put into a motion, but I believe that it should have been. We in Bristol need to be especially concerned because it is the Town of Bristol that actually applied for these grants under Diane Mederos's signature. The grant money was awarded to the Town of Bristol who then put it in a "secure" fund to be drawn against by EBEC. However, the responsibility buck stops with the Town of Bristol. They need to divest themselves of this fiasco as soon as possible.
marina peterson August 13, 2012 at 05:08 PM
There is a blog for Senator DiPalma on the Newport Patch. Here'e the link http://newport.patch.com/articles/senator-dipalma-announces-third-term-candidacy-101a1d87#comment_4325884 Please go on to this blog and ask pertinent questions on EBEC. I have posted a question as to whether or not he already has a bill in the wings just waiting for January. It is important that many questions are asked.
marina peterson August 14, 2012 at 03:43 AM
Some great comments have been posted on the DiPalma blog Newport Patch! No response yet.
marina peterson August 14, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Sorry... that was Andy Shapiro... not Adam. Andy is the former Vice-chair of EBEC and was there in the beginning.
marina peterson August 14, 2012 at 03:49 AM
I have learned that the original plan for EBEC was to apply for grant money and then try to get the towns to float bonds for the $60 million.... After realizing that THAT wasn't going to work they then went to work writing legislation with eminent domain power so that they could get low rate bonds... Once again people... this belongs in the private sector!!
Jack Baillargeron August 14, 2012 at 04:22 AM
Excerpt From EBEC meeting March 5, 2012 Minutes. Tony DeSisto and Andy Teitz separately and both expressed their support for EBEC. Moses informed the group that Ursillo, Teitz, & Ritch also represented the Towns of Bristol and Barrington. The group discussion focused on future meetings with other Town Solicitors. Just what the hell are town Solicitors doing telling Councils what to vote for, or bring up to screw the taxpayers. Though they were advisors on things the public or councilors bring up. They are appointed, they are not elected, they are hired, and work for the taxpayers, and should keep their mouths shut, unless asked a question, not tell councilors what to support, that to me sounds like something unethical and illegal, though I cannot ask my town solicitor if it is true, he is on the list, and has no credibility or trust by me, because of these actions. Where is the public information put out by the EBEC? No where, they are very secretive in their palns, as the website to this day says their goal was and is to find ways to help towns, not become a utility, that will raise our electric rates out of site. These are the people to watch. Along with the Town Councilors, State Reps, and evidently unelected Town Solicitors, Special interest group
Jack Baillargeron August 14, 2012 at 04:23 AM
Meeting Minutes FINAL Monday March 5, 2012 Present: Jeanne Napolitano, Beth Milham – Newport; Garry Plunkett – Tiverton; Gary Gump – Portsmouth; Daniel Mendelsohn – ASA; Eric Busch – Rustpoint; Christine Weglowski Forster – Middletown; Phil Hervey – Barrington; Caroline Wells – Warren; Jeanne Boyle, Wayne Barnes – East Providence; Joe Fraioli – Little Compton; Diane Williamson, Juan Mariscal – Bristol; Tom Moses – Moses & Afonso; Hannah Morini – RI EDC; Tim Faulkner – EcoRI News, Teresa Crean, URI/CRC/RESP 1. Call to order/ Jeanne Napolitano: The meeting was called to order by J. Napolitano at 8:40 AM. They want to take your money through yet another quasi-government agency, even though they say it is not now. If it is attached to the EDC, then it is a quasi-government agency, since taxpayer funds are involved and have been for 3 years now with the EBEC. Keep a good eye on these individuals and their actions now and in the future. You can bet this is far from over even if the State comes to its senses and shoots their scam down. History shows these types of people always have a backup plan, because they think the people do not know what is good for them. Like all to despots and want to be despots, they never give up on their holier than thou schemes.
marina peterson August 15, 2012 at 02:35 PM
At last night's Tiverton Town meeting EBEC representatives indicated that they realize that the wind farm concept was beyond their capabilities. They will continue to pursue legislation to be a separate entity of some type so that they can continue to work on energy conservation, street lights, etc. Senator DePalma has not responded to my email asking him if he has a "new" S2870 Sub A waiting in the wings to be submitted in January. This group is not going away. They have smelled the money... and are giddy!
Gary Morse August 15, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Marina, Remember the proverb of the camels nose under the tent? One cold night, as an Arab sat in his tent, a camel gently thrust his nose under the flap and looked in. "Master," he said, "let me put my nose in your tent. It's cold and stormy out here." "By all means," said the Arab, "and welcome" as he turned over and went to sleep. A little later the Arab awoke to find that the camel had not only put his nose in the tent but his head and neck also. The camel, who had been turning his head from side to side, said, "I will take but little more room if I place my forelegs within the tent. It is difficult standing out here." "Yes, you may put your forelegs within," said the Arab, moving a little to make room, for the tent was small. Finally, the camel said, "May I not stand wholly inside? I keep the tent open by standing as I do." "Yes, yes," said the Arab. "Come wholly inside. Perhaps it will be better for both of us." So the camel crowded in. The Arab with difficulty in the crowded quarters again went to sleep. When he woke up the next time, he was outside in the cold and the camel had the tent to himself. The camels at the EDC and the EBEC are already licking their chops to get at the bucket of money built from everyone's electric bill (the renewable energy charge we all are forced to pay).
marina peterson August 16, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I have heard from Senator DiPalma today by phone from California. He has assured me that there is no pre-existing bill on EBEC waiting to be submitted in January. If EBEC comes to him with a "new and improved" bill, he will review it and also let us know of it's existence. At the Tiverton town meeting this week members of EBEC stated that they now realize that they don't have the experience required to run a wind farm, but that they still wanted to pass a bill creating an entity by which they could look at other energy projects. Let's watch this closely. Bristol has pulled their representatives out of EBEC and has voted to oppose any new spending by the group. (See today's Phoenix) Does anyone know what other towns are doing?
marina peterson August 16, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Regarding today's article by Eric Dickervitz in the Bristol Phoenix about Bristol pulling out of EBEC, the reporter makes a statement that I "sharply criticized Planner Diane Williamson as the town's representative to the consortium meetings". I feel that this statement is unfair and inaccurate. I, along with several others who have been critics of the power grab of EBEC, have always been very careful to give credit to the original members of EBEC as to their sincerity and determination to find answers on energy conservation. My letter to the editor on the opposite page ends on that note. Ken Marshall's statement that "No one deserves the kind of treatment that these volunteers have incurred. It is a shame that because of a few unwilling individuals not interested in getting educated by the proper people before criticizing, so many have to suffer." is more spin to take the spotlight off of the fact that this turned out to be a money-grabbing project that would have benefited a few at the expense of many. Politics as usual....
Gary Morse August 16, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Councilor Marshall appears to lack the quality of character to take responsibility for this EBEC mess. This was his baby to "baby sit". Bad public policy is still bad public policy even when done by volunteers.
Jack Baillargeron August 16, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Have to admit Marina after reading Eric's story, it will take me a bit to figure out just what the Heck Marshall is saying. I thought I confuse people, but wow. YOu would think the council was a Spanish Inquisition that took place at the last meeting ;-}.
marina peterson August 17, 2012 at 07:33 PM
FYI Tiverton Town Council Meeting on August 14th re EBEC http://tivertonvideos.blogspot.com/2012_08_01_archive.html EBEC starts at 2hours 34min.
marina peterson August 22, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Please review excellent article by OSTPA on EBEC http://www.oceanstateteapartyinaction.com/ocean_state_tea_4/August21.html It responds to the following questions: Two weeks ago, the Ocean State Tea Party in Action distributed a Sunday Alert addressing the East Bay Energy Consortium (EBEC) and the general issue of renewable energy, specifically wind turbines. Although it is currently a regional issue, it really is a state-wide issue, given that each RI taxpayer will be subsidizing renewable energy. In response to our Alert, we received a question from one of the EBEC community town council members. The question was asked if OSTPA had any ideas for reducing energy costs for the residents of local municipalities and whether, as an organization whose sole purpose is to relieve the RI taxpayer of the heavy tax burden which has been created over the years, we would support specific ventures like tidal turbines or wave power. We were also asked whether the OSTPA would support the principles of collaboration/consolidation/regionalization amongst communities, and if so, which policy areas might be most well-suited for this. Great Newsletter!!
marina peterson August 22, 2012 at 08:17 PM
More on Portsmouth Turbine at http://www.eastbayri.com/news/2012/aug/21/experts-inspect-portsmouths-ailing-turbine/
marina peterson August 30, 2012 at 03:54 AM
Bristol Town Council Meeting tonight... on the agenda: B Old Business 3. Town Administrator Mederos re EBEC Representatives a. Councilman Herreshoff re EBEC closure perspective Just before these were to be announced, Ken Marshall brought up two speakers, NOTt on the agenda. The first was Jeanne Napolitano from Newport.... who proceeded to excoriate Andy Shapiro from Warren who spoke at the last meeting as a critic of EBEC as a government funded entity. The second was an attorney from Middletown, I believe the name was Forrester (??) who concurred, and also accused, yet again, the critics of trashing the original volunteers (Diane Williamson, in particular). Of course, it is election year and we have to do whatever we can to erase the horrible implications of the last meeting. Then, to our horror, when Andy Shapiro went to the podium thinking (silly man) that he would have an opportunity to defend himself..... he was denied permission to speak!! I was disappointed that none of the other council members made a motion to let him speak.... but they didn't. I have never been so disappointed in my local town government in my life! Oh, those two agenda items that I mentioned in the beginning... why, they didn't even exist. Just jumped right over them and on to the next item. Never fear, our honorable Town Council Chair is arranging for a workshop on EBEC where all can have their say. Let's see how quickly that is put together.
marina peterson August 30, 2012 at 03:56 AM
Just remember folks in Bristol and Warren, Ken Marshall is running for Representative for District 68. He continually refuses to let anyone speak that may have a different idea than he does. Remember the "Spanish Inquisition" speech from the BCWA forum. If he is elected, do NOT expect him to listen to anything you have to say unless he agrees with your views!
marina peterson September 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Here is a link to the recent Bristol Town Council Meeting where Ken Marshall brings in Jeanne Napolitano and an attorney to excoriate Andy Shapiro for speaking out at the last Bristol Town Council meeting. Damage Control! Election time! yada yada yada. Here's the link: http://www.bristolri.us/videos/brtc08-29-12.wmv Ebec starts at 33 minutes 58 seconds. Note: they keep saying that Diane Williamson bore the brunt of the criticism and this is patently untrue. First of all, she was the ALTERNATE for Bristol; Walter Burke was the representative. I have not every heard anyone criticize her and I have attended most of the Town Council meetings where EBEC was on the agenda. It's the spin that they want to put on this to make the critics look "mean, horrible and unfeeling"!
marina peterson September 18, 2012 at 08:22 PM
With the recent defeat of several high-visibility wind projects in Rhode Island, what is the future of wind energy in the state? Our guests — Stephan Wollenburg, green program director for People's Power & Light, and Benjamin Riggs Jr. a retired business executive from Newport who recently filed a federal complaint against the Deepwater Wind project — debate whether utility-scale wind energy should be part of our energy mix or whether it should be abandoned altogether. Here is a link to the podcast:http://www.ecori.org/ecori-news-weekly-podcast/
marina peterson October 06, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Here is the link to the East Bay Energy Consortium workshop held 10/3 in Bristol. http://www.bristolri.us/videos/ebec10-03-12.wmv
marina peterson October 06, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Please note that in the presentation they refer to going out to bid for construction facets, etc. We know from past testimony that private industry will NOT get involved on a piecemeal basis. Pete Hewett speaks at 37 minutes 42 seconds in to the tape. He is the voice of reason!
Albert Jay Nock October 07, 2012 at 02:25 AM
The EBEC proponents say they are not yet a legal entity, but as a current non-entity, they refuse to turn over Met tower data to the Bristol Town Council that the taxpayers funded and the Town of Bristol wrote the checks for. This is a scam that will force all state ratepayers to pay three times the going rate for electricity so a handful of towns can skim off some funds for their municipal budgets at everyone else's expense. It is astonishing EBEC has made it this far, even in Rhode Island.
marina peterson October 29, 2012 at 05:24 PM
As many of you know, there is a current complaint pending with the Attorney General's office as to whether certain participants in the East Bay Energy Consortium (“EBEC”), the Town of Bristol, and the Director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (“EDC”) engaged in fraud and misrepresentation in connection with the funding and expenditures associated with EBEC that approximate $435,000 to date. In addition, an investigation into whether the EDC and others engaged in an unlawful scheme designed to surreptitiously tax all residents of the State of Rhode Island without their consent for excess utility costs, the profits from which would then be used to the exclusive revenue benefit of EBEC members, all without any intent to further economic development at any level in the State. Until this complaint is settled I would hope that there would be no further action taken on legislation to create an entity for EBEC.
marina peterson November 26, 2012 at 09:32 PM
There is an investigative reporter following up on the EBEC Attorney General complaint. Link is http://oceanstatecurrent.com/investigative-report/wind-power-proponents-advance-unlawful-scheme-at-taxpayer-expense-ag-complaint-says/


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