Governor Deval Patrick has set an ambitious goal to dramatically increase the state’s reliance on wind power over the next dozen years. By 2020, Patrick wants the state to produce 2,000 megawatts of wind energy, enough to power 800,000 homes.
The state has just nine major wind turbines now, producing less than seven megawatts of power annually. There are another 300 turbines in the planning stages, including the proposal by Cape Wind Associates to build 130 windmills across 25 miles of federal waters in Nantucket Sound.
Patrick said going from seven megawatts to 2,000 in just over a decade will draw new business and jobs to the state and help make Massachusetts a leader in the development of clean energy technology.
Source: Boston Herald