America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Wins Department of Energy Backing

For Immediate Release

Contact: Rob Sargent, 617.747.4317, Rsargent@EnvironmentAmerica.org

Boston, MA—The Department of Energy has just announced a major step toward developing wind energy off the Atlantic Coast. In a statement with Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Sen. Edward J. Markey, and Rep. William Keating, Sec. Ernest Moniz announced a conditional loan guarantee of $150 million for the Cape Wind project to become America’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm.

Environment America’s Energy Program Director Rob Sargent issued the following statement in response:

“There is tremendous potential for producing clean, pollution-free wind energy off of our coasts. We are thrilled that the Obama administration has announced another critical step forward in making this vision a reality for America.

“As states transition away from dirty energy under the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan, offshore wind energy is the Atlantic Coast’s largest pollution-free resource.

“We applaud the Obama administration for their leadership in ensuring that responsibly-sited offshore wind becomes a reality as soon as possible.”

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Environment America is the federation of 29 state based, citizen funded environmental advocacy organizations working toward a cleaner, greener, healthier future.