On Feb. 28, more than 300 people braved the freezing temperatures at Massachusetts' Boston Common in support of the embattled Cape Wind offshore wind project.
The rally, organized by advocacy groups Better Future Project and 350.org, called for National Grid to reinstate its contract to buy 50% of the project's output. On Jan. 6, National Grid and NSTAR (now Eversource Energy) terminated their power purchase agreements with Cape Wind, citing the offshore wind developer's inability to close project financing by Dec. 31, 2014. Without the power contracts, the project's viability remains in doubt.
According to the organizers, approximately 100,000 supporters have signed a petitition urging Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts, to reinstate the Cape Wind contract.
‘Reed has been a long-term and enthusiastic supporter of offshore wind,’ says Craig Altemose, executive director of Better Future Project. ‘Now, Cape Wind's fate lies in her hands. By reinstating National Grid's contract with Cape Wind, she can save the nation's first offshore wind farm, help create thousands of jobs and move toward securing Massachusetts' clean energy future.’
To sign the petition, click here.