Town of Princeton
6 Town Hall Drive, Princeton, MA 01541
Princeton Municipal Light Department
Contact Information:
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
, General Manager
, General Foreman
, Office Manager
, Assistant Office Manager
Address:
Princeton Municipal Light Dept., 168 Worcester Rd. P.O. Box 247 
Princeton ,MA 01541 
Phone:
978 464-2815
Fax:
978 464-5377
Alternate Phone:
978 464-2825
General email
pmld@pmld.com
Hours:
Office Hours are Mondays through Thursdays 8 AM to 5 PM. Fridays 8 AM to NOON.

For power outages please contact the PMLD office during regular business hours. For power outages after office hours please call 978-464-2928 or 508-829-4444. The Regional Dispatch in Holden MA will contact our 24/7 On-Call Lineman to respond.

For power outages lasting more than 2 hours a CODERED notification will be delivered to residents. Please sign up to receive CODERED notifications.
 
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Board of Light Commissioners
Title
Term
Jim Whitman - james.whitman1@verizon.net
Chairman
05/2019
Chris Conway - ccons9016@gmail.com
Member
05/2018
Richard Rys - rys@R2Controls.com
Member
05/2020
PMLD'S MISSION STATEMENT:

The Princeton Municipal Light Department (PMLD) has been providing electrical service
to residents and businesses in Princeton for over 100 years (est. 1912).

THE MISSION of the PMLD is to provide a safe, reliable, and economical source of
electric power for our customers, to acknowledge and implement the need for renewable
energy from within the diversity of available energy sources, and to enhance the benefits
of municipal utility ownership for our customers.  PMLD has its own elected Board of
Commissioners, General Manager, and staff that operate separate and autonomously
from the Board of Selectmen,Town Administrator, and other Town Boards & Committees.

Princeton Municipal Light Department Board of Commissioners

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WIND FARM FACILITY

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SUMMARY:

Princeton Municipal Light Department (PMLD) in cooperation with Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Corporation
(MMWEC) formed the Massachusetts Municipal Light Department Wind Energy Cooperative Corporation (MMLDWECC)
which owned the turbines. The Massachusetts Municipal Light Department Wind Energy Cooperative Corporation owned and
operated the two Fuhrlaender 1500 kW wind turbines located in Princeton until March 2015. In March 2015, the ownership
of the turbines was transferred to the PMLD.

The Fuhrlaender 1500 kW turbines are based on the design of American Superconductor (AMSC) located in Woerthersee,
Austria. There are approximately 6 of these units in the United States.

Project History:
Planning & Permitting 2003-2008 Construction 2009
Commercial operation commenced January 2010.
Gearbox failure in south turbine August 2011 due to manufacturing defect has been replaced June 2012. Both turbines are
now operating smoothly. Please refer to production charts for production history.

Wind generation production is sold to:
Sterling Municipal Light Department under 10 year PPA (8.333% total output and capacity)
West Boylston Municipal Light Plant under 10 year PPA (16.666% total output and capacity)
Remaining 75.001% is sold on the Real Time Market through MMWEC

All operations and maintenance are by the PMLD department staff. In association with AMSC the PMLD operates and maintains
the SCADA system software. 24/7 monitoring and technical support is also supplied through contract with AMSC. A contract is
also in place for additional gear box monitoring through Bachmann Electronic Corporation.

The Wind Farm Debt Obligation was refinanced through MMWEC Pool Financing into a Long Term Bond to be paid off in 2026.

FUN FACTS:

Each Tower height is 215 feet or 65 meters above ground level.

Each Tower was delivered and installed in three pieces.

The Tower sections were manufactured in Minnesota.

The maximum height of turbine structure with blade straight up is approximately 360 feet or 108.6 meters above
ground level (AGL).

The Wind Farm Site is approximately 1,450’ above sea level.

Length of each blade is approximately 125 feet or 37.5 meters and each blade weighs 6 tons.

The Blades were manufactured in South Dakota.

The turbine speed is 17-20 rpm’s.

The maximum blade tip speed is approximately 204 mph.

The Power Output of each turbine is 1,500 kilowatts (kW).

The Generator on top of each tower weights approximately 60 tons.

The Annual Energy Output of the two turbines is approximately 4,000,000 kWh’s.

Both turbines generate the equivalent annual energy consumption of 330 homes.

The wind turbine manufacturer is Fuhrlaender from Germany.

The purchase and installation cost for the two turbines was approximately $7,300,000.

The minimum wind speed to start producing energy is 7 MPH or 3 meters per second.

The maximum wind to produced rated power output is 27 MPH or 12 meters per second.

The Cutout wind speed or wind speed too great for a turbine is 45 MPH or 20 meters per second.

The Survival wind speed is 133 MPH or 59.5 meters per second.

The expected lifespan of the wind turbine is 20-25 years.

When the town experiences a power outage, the turbines will not operate to prevent back-feeding into the electrical distribution
system as the lineworker’s work to restore power.

The wind turbines use an anemometer and wind vane to sense wind speed and direction.  This data tells the wind turbines
what direction to point towards and when to start or stop.

The blades act just like airplane blades and are lifted by the wind to turn the generator shaft.  

The pitch of each blade is controlled to optimize energy production at various wind speeds.

The electricity generator feeds the electrical grid and generally feeds the customer load or demand for energy in the area it is connected to.

You cannot physically send the electricity generated from our turbines to someone else.  That is handled by financial contracts.

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IMPORTANT NEWS AND UPDATES:

JUNE 2017 -         PMLD will host on behalf of the Council on Aging a Princeton Senior Citizen's Ice Cream Social
                                at the PMLD Office - 168 Worcester Rd, on Thursday, July 27th at 2:00 PM.  Get information on
                                 "What to do During a Power Outage".    RSVP: 978-464-2815.   Drop-Ins always Welcome.  

JUNE 23, 2017 -  The Princeton Municipal Light Department will be upgrading meters to the last group of
                                  homes in town next week.  A 2-man crew in orange PMLD work shirts and wearing ID badges
                                 will arrive at your home in a white pick-up truck with flashing strobe lights  & a blue State
                                  license plate between 8 AM & 4 PM, one employee will knock on the door and annouce
                                  themsleves.  At no time will they require/need entrance to your home.  If you do not
                                 answer the door and greet the crew they will assume no one is home and they will still
                                 perform the change-out.  They will be on property at the meter for approximately
                                 5-10 minutes.  The power to your home/garage will be off for approximately 10 seconds
                                  while the meter is changed out.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact
                                  the office at 978-464-2815 or 978-464-2825.

June 14, 2017 - The Chairman of the Board of Light Commissioners has changed the monthly meeting time
                              to 7:00 PM beginning with the July 12th meeting.  All meetings are held at the PMLD office,
                               168 Worcester Rd, Princeton MA.  

June 1, 2017 -  For a limited time, Nissan is offering $10,000 off MRSP to employees and customers of PMLD
                            on a new 2017 LEAF Electric Vehicle purchase.  This is part of the effort to accelerate clean
                             transportation alternatives in Massachusetts.  Simply show proof of your utility bill, a copy
                             of the flyer (see additional links above "LEAF Electric Vehicle Flyer") to a participating Nissan
                             dealership to receive a $10,000 rebate on a new 2017 Nissan LEAF.  This limited time offer
                             expires September 1, 2017 or while supplies last (whichever occurs firs), and cannot be
                             combined with any other offer.  Customers may also be eligible and apply for an additional
                             $10,000 in state and federal incentives.  

May 18, 2017 -  The PMLD Driveway maintenance is complete.  Customers can access the facility as needed.  A
                              Special Thanks goes to the Princeton Highway Dept for providing us with recycled millings from
                               Hubbardston Rd as a cost savings to the ratepayers.   

April 2017 -  The Home Energy Loss Prevention Service (HELPS) program is for all municipal utility customers.
                         The Princeton Municipal Light Department (PMLD) provides Princeton customers with rebates and
                         incentive programs to improve energy efficiency in the home.  To learn more about this year's offers
                 click on the links above with the key word "HELPS" in the title.  Call the office if you have questions.
                        
12/14/2016 - The Princeton Municipal Light Department was awarded an Energy Efficiency Street Lighting Grant
                           of $8,258 to help pay for the replacement of Princeton's 62 HPS street light fixtures with new energy
                           efficient LED street light fixtures.  A 25% cost savings will be passed onto the Taxpayers and the LED
                           fixutres will be 40-55% more efficient than the HPS fixtures.
                           Click on the "LED State Grant Announcement Press Release..." Link above to read more about it.   

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The  Board of Light Commissioners
next meeting will be held on Wednesday,
August 9, 2017 at the PMLD Office at 7:00 PM

The Board of Light Commissioners typically meet once a Month on the 2nd
Wednesday at the PMLD Office (168 Worcester Rd, Princeton MA)

2017 Planned Meeting Dates (which are subject to change):
Sep 13th, Oct 11th, Nov 8th, Dec 13th

All meeting notices and agendas will be properly posted 48 hours prior,
as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts General Laws

If you would like to meet with the Board to discuss an issue/topic please contact the General Manager

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PMLD has provided Electricity to the
Town of Princeton MA for over 100 Years
(Est. 1912)
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