March 1, 2015

Cape Wind proponents take to Common, vow to continue fight

By Lindsay Kalter | Boston Herald | March 1, 2015 |

Proponents of the Cape Wind project are powering full-speed ahead to try to bring the proposed wind farm to fruition, despite the termination of power contracts last month that effectively sounded the project’s death knell.

“We are not giving up – we have just begun to fight,” Cape Wind President Jim Gordon said at a rally on Boston Common yesterday. “We have a very dedicated group of individuals that have put their hearts and souls into developing this program over the last 14 years.”

About 300 wind power enthusiasts took to the Common yesterday with signs, music, chants and colorful pinwheels in a Hail Mary attempt to resurrect the project, imploring National Grid to reinstate the contract to buy 50 percent of the power generated by Cape Wind that it terminated in January.

“Wind power could be the poster child for the new paradigm,” said Jeff Brooks, 53, of Salem. “For a carbon-free future, we need to start investing in wind. We’re going to run out of fossil fuels. Then what?”

The $2.5 million project would install 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound.

“The momentum we’ve built over the last two months really has been heartening,” said Emily Kirkland, communications coordinator for advocacy group Better Future Project, which organized the rally.

She said 93,000 people signed a CREDO Action petition calling on the utility to get back on board, and more than 3,000 people signed a petition from Better Future Project.

The petitions were delivered to National Grid Thursday, she said.

But National Grid has given no indication that a contract is still under consideration.

“Cape Wind had an opportunity to extend the contract, which, for whatever reason, they declined to do,” the utility said in a statement. “Any new contract, could one be negotiated, would require an extensive and lengthy review by the Department of Public Utilities.”

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