Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Aquaria Water Bid Stirs Power Plant Pot

By Lisa E. Crowley
BROCKTON--City Councilors plan to invite Aquaria desalination plant general manager Alfredo Andres to clarify information about meetings with developers of a 350-megawatt natural gas power plant after power plant officials claimed Aquaria had signed a deal to provide much-needed water for the project.
Councilor-at-large Thomas Brophy said after last night's City Council meeting members of the board expect to contact Andres today and request he attend the council's finance committee meeting next Monday, Oct. 3.
Brophy said he has been angry with Andres and Aquaria after hearing since last Thursday from officials and residents that Advanced Power-Brockton Power, the company trying to build the power plant, had issued a statement claiming it had signed a notice of intent with Aquaria for 1.7 million gallons of water to cool the proposed power plant's turbines.
Advanced Power released a statement following a hearing with the state Energy Facilities Siting Board Thursday, Sept. 22, when the Siting Board strongly reaffirmed its 4-3 decision in June by voting 6-1 last Thursday to deny the power plant its request to use the city's drinking water to cool its turbines--a critical issue in the plant's construction.
Advanced Power has not returned telephone calls or emails since last Thursday.
"Until I read your story on the website I was going to blast him," Brophy said last night of Andres and Aquaria.
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