Statement of Cape Wind President Jim Gordon on Mass Tank and EEW Plans to Build New Wind Energy Manufacturing Facility in Massachusetts

Jim Gordon, President of Cape Wind, today made the following statement regarding Mass Tank and EEW Plans to Build New Manufacturing Facility in Massachusetts:

‘Cape Wind is thrilled with the news that Mass Tank and EEW are going to open a new manufacturing facility in Massachusetts to make Cape Wind’s steel monopile foundations and transition pieces. We are pleased that Cape Wind is helping catalyze the emergence of an offshore wind power manufacturing and supply chain in Massachusetts.

‘These new wind turbines manufacturing jobs coming to Massachusetts, along with the 600 to 1,000 construction jobs and 150 (direct and indirect) jobs during the 25-year operations phase for Cape Wind farm will help establish Massachusetts as a leader in offshore wind energy.

‘Last week Interior Secretary Ken Salazar granted Cape Wind with the nation’s first offshore wind lease just as the US Department of Energy announced that 43,000 new American jobs can be created from offshore wind power if we get moving now. Yesterday, Google announced it was investing millions of dollars in an offshore wind power electric transmission network. Taken together with today’s exciting announcement, these events send a powerful market signal that U.S. offshore wind power is ready to embark on a course that will create tens of thousands of jobs and provide a substantial amount of clean energy to light up the cities of the east coast.’

Cape Wind is America’s first offshore wind farm to secure Federal and State approval and to be issued a lease to operate by the Federal Government. Cape Wind will create jobs and promote greater energy independence and a cleaner environment. Cape Wind will also establish Massachusetts as a leader in offshore wind power.