Cape Wind-- No Jobs In New Bedfrod
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#1 Mar 11, 2013
Mass. co says no deal with Cape Wind
Posted: Mar 11, 2013 3:39 PM EDT Updated: Mar 11, 2013 5:01 PM EDT
MIDDLEBOROUGH, Mass.(AP) "- The president of a Massachusetts company once touted as a supplier of steel foundations for Cape Wind's offshore turbines said his company's deal with the project is dead, while questioning Cape Wind's commitment to developing U.S. offshore wind in a letter to federal officials.
Carl Horstmann of Mass Tank wrote the U.S. Department of Energy in January as the agency considers a loan guarantee for the $2.6 billion Cape Wind project, which aims to be the nation's first offshore wind farm.
Mass Tank had planned to add up to 300 manufacturing jobs at a newly-built Quincy factory after the Cape Wind deal, which the company believed would spur additional, industry-related work.
Horstmann said in an interview Friday at this Middleborough company that he feels his company was "used" to win public support for the controversial project he was once confident would boost local jobs.
"I can only conclude that I was wrong, and question whether Cape Wind's commitment to Mass Tank and the local manufacturing jobs was ever made in good faith," he wrote in his letter to the Department of Energy.
Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers said Monday that Mass Tank just didn't have the experience or resources for the job.
Although the two companies have been linked in recent press reports, Rodgers said Cape Wind hasn't publicly referred to Mass Tank since early 2011, "at the earliest indication that they might not be able to deliver on their plans."
Cape Wind, which plans 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound, is strongly backed by state officials and the Obama administration. It aims to begin producing electricity by 2015. The project is still facing several lawsuits and opponents who argue the wind farm will ruin the pristine sound and that its power is too costly."
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