For Massachusetts to get all of its power from renewables, as much as 55% of our electricity will need to come from offshore wind. Cape Wind — a 468-MW wind farm with 130 turbines proposed for Nantucket Sound — is a vital first step. If built, it will become the first offshore wind farm in the United States, producing clean, reliable power year-round.
Cape Wind was first proposed in 2001. The project met obstacle after obstacle, but by late 2014, construction seemed to be only a few months away: all of the permits were in place, Massachusetts’ biggest utility companies had committed to buy 75% of the project’s power, and most of the financing was ready to go.
Then, on January 7, 2015, National Grid announced that they were planning to back out of their commitment to buy 50% of the energy produced by Cape Wind. The ultimate cause of their decision? Relentless lawsuits financed by oil billionaire Bill Koch, who owns a massive gated compound on the Cape, only a few miles from the proposed site of Cape Wind.
We’re calling on Marcy (“Mary”) Reed, the President of National Grid in Massachusetts, to renew the contracts with Cape Wind. We know she’s been a long-time supporter of offshore wind, and this is her opportunity to be a hero and stand up to Bill Koch.
We will not let Cape Wind fail without a fight, and we’re determined to show Marcy (“Mary”) Reed the power of our movement. Join us as we work to save Cape Wind!
- Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 28 — the date of our Hail Mary mobilization to save Cape Wind!
- Sign our petition to Marcy (“Mary”) Reed