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Robert Donaldson, engineer, consultant
Principal consultant at microE3, LLC of Burlington, MA, which specializes in cost and payback analysis for reduction of energy consumption.  Previously an engineer for Raytheon, Donaldson received his graduate training at Northeastern University in Electrical Engineering. According to Donaldson, if half the Rhode Island homeowners converted to LED bulbs then energy consumption would drop by 25% with an estimated payback period of 10 months. This means that the average household would start to pocket an energy bill savings in the 11th month and beyond. Since LED bulbs will last from 25 to 50 times longer than conventional bulbs, they will outlast the lamp fixtures. So no one would never have to worry about replacing a bulb. On average, a family that converts to LED bulbs will save $42 per month. Now, let’s say that you do nothing and let Deepwater Wind have its way. Your electric bill will rise about $14 per month and will increase every year. If however, your thrifty neighbor did purchase LED bulbs along with half the state’s families he would save about $42 each month.. His electric bill would be much less than yours. But he also would be helping the state save over 5,000 KWH  per month or 5 times the electrical production proposed by Deepwater  Wind. Then Rhode Island would have no need for Deepwater Wind and their risky off- shore wind turbines

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Robert Donaldson Principal at microE3, LLC of Burlington, MA, previously with Raytheon, graduate work at Northeastern University. Resident of Narragansett, RI.
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Deepwater Wind’s off-shore wind turbines would not be needed if half our homeowners turned to LED lighting.
According to Donaldson, if half the Rhode Island homeowners converted to LED bulbs then energy consumption would drop by 25% (same in MA). The estimated payback  period would be less than one year. With this in mind, there would be no need for Deepwater Wind’s risky venture in RI and MA waters.