STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR DEVAL PATRICK ON APPROVAL OF CAPE WIND PROJECT
Prior to this afternoon's announcement, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar met with Governor Patrick to discuss his decision to approve the Cape Wind renewable energy project. Joining the Secretary and Governor (from left to right) was U.S. Director of the Minerals Management Service Liz Birnbaum, U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior David Hayes, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and MA Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles. (Photo Credit: Eugena Ossi/Governor's Office)
BOSTON - Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - Today, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar traveled to Boston to announce his decision to approve the Cape Wind renewable energy project. Joining the Secretary for the announcement at the State House, Governor Patrick, a long time advocate of Cape Wind and other renewable energy projects, applauded the decision. The following statement from the Governor is as prepared for delivery at this afternoon's State House press conference.
Statement of Governor Patrick:
"Mr. Secretary, on behalf of the hundreds of men and women who will build this project, the thousands of Massachusetts citizens who will benefit from stable electric rates, and the millions of Americans whose security and prosperity depend on energy independence, thank you for this decision. America needs offshore wind power. And with this project, Massachusetts leads the Nation.
This day has been long in coming. For nine years, the Cape Wind project has undergone the closest scrutiny by state and federal agencies and by the public. There are thoughtful views on all sides of this question and they have been acknowledged and considered seriously. But today's decision affirms that on balance Cape Wind is good for our environment and good for our energy needs.
The clean energy future we are striving to create for Massachusetts and the Nation will include offshore wind power from Nantucket Sound.
Cape Wind is also good for Massachusetts. The United States is 20 years behind Europe on offshore wind, and China is pulling out ahead on offshore wind as well. America now has a chance to turn that around, and we in Massachusetts have a chance to show our leadership. Siemens has already said it intends to locate its U.S. offshore wind operation here in Massachusetts because of the Cape Wind project. With the support of the Obama administration, the largest wind blade testing facility in the world is under construction right now in Charlestown - the first facility in the U.S. capable of testing the large-scale wind turbine blades, up to 90 meters long, that represent the next generation of wind power technology. And we are making wind power a reality on land, as well as offshore. By the end of the year, we will have increased the amount of wind power in Massachusetts ten-fold.
We are on our way. If we get clean energy right, the world will be our customer. I thank Secretary Salazar for giving us this chance."