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Tell National Grid: Keep your commitment to Cape Wind

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Tell Marcy Reed, President of National Grid in Massachusetts:

"Don’t let opposition from oil billionaires stop the nation’s first offshore wind farm. Reinstate your commitment to purchasing 50 percent of the power from Cape Wind."

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    Tell National Grid: Keep your commitment to Cape Wind

    Cape Wind, located off of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was supposed to be America’s first offshore wind farm. It’s a historic project that’s been 14 years in the making, but now one of the oil billionaire Koch brothers is doing everything he can to kill it.

    Last month, a lawsuit funded by oil billionaire Bill Koch prevented Cape Wind from securing financing for the project, leading a company called National Grid to back out of its agreement to purchase electricity from Cape Wind.

    The Cape Wind project is now on life support, and needs our help. Marcy Reed, the president of National Grid in Massachusetts, has long been a strong supporter of offshore wind – and a strong surge of public support for Cape Wind directed at her and National Grid could save the project.

    Tell National Grid Massachusetts president Marcy Reed: Show your dedication to clean energy and keep your commitment to Cape Wind.

    In 2010, Cape Wind signed a major, 15-year power purchase agreement with National Grid, a british electricity and gas utility company operating throughout the Northeastern U.S. National Grid committed to purchasing 50 percent of the power generated by Cape Wind -- a major step forward for the project, turning the prospect of America’s first offshore wind farm into a reality.1

    But for the past 14 years, Cape Wind has withstood attack after attack, and hurdle after hurdle, from a small group of wealthy individuals and business organizations in Massachusetts. That list includes the Koch-funded Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, who filed the lawsuit that resulted in Cape Wind losing its financing.

    But their interests aren’t the same as those of the vast majority of Massachusetts citizens, with polls showing public majorities consistently supporting Cape Wind.

    The fate of Cape Wind could have major ramifications for America’s clean energy future, deciding whether we choose wind turbines over gas pipelines, or continue down the road of rising temperatures, rising sea levels, and heightened disaster risks.

    A project like Cape Wind shouldn’t fail at the hands of a few wealthy special interests. We can’t afford to let oil billionaires like Bill Koch kill the nation’s first offshore wind power project.

    Tell National Grid Massachusetts president Marcy Reed: Show your dedication to clean energy and keep your commitment to Cape Wind.

    1. "Cape Wind wins approval of deal to sell power" South Coast Today, November 23, 2010