Cape Wind Faces Public Backdraft

All is not well in offshore wind power land. According to a recent release by the Alliance to Protect Nanctucket Sound, 70% of Massachusetts residents polled, “responding to evidence showing that Cape Wind would significantly increase electric bills for Massachusetts residents, businesses and schools,” not only oppose the project, but want the state to reject the contract completely.

This poll also showed, however, that most people believed that the Cape Wind project would either lower their bills or leave them unchanged–a condition the Alliance considers to be a consequence of the governor’s “propaganda campaign.” When faced with numbers presented by the poll, 81% of those surveyed agreed that the wind project should be re-bid to ensure competitive pricing.

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The poll was paid for by the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound and conducted by Boston-based Bernett Research, based on telephone interviews with 300 National Grid ratepayers across Massachusetts conducted in October. Its findings are concurrent with recent polls by the Boston Globe and the UMass-Dartmouth Center for Policy Analysis and a survey by the Boston Business Journal.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.