Perry calls for an end to Cape Wind Project

Perry talks about Cape Wind today:

Perry calls for an end to Cape Wind Project

Says project will seriously harm ratepayers, local economy

CENTERVILLE – Tenth Congressional District candidate Jeff Perry called today for an end to the Cape Wind Project, saying the effort to build a windfarm in Nantucket Sound will seriously harm ratepayers and the local economy.

Speaking to reporters on pristine Craigville Beach in Centerville, Perry spoke about the different ways Cape Wind will change the way of life on Cape Cod for the worse.

“Supporters of Cape Wind bill it as being all about alternative energy. But on Cape Cod, we know it’s more about an alternative way of life – one with fewer jobs, higher costs, and less business,” said Perry. “That’s why I oppose it so much.”

According to Perry, Cape Wind would harm ratepayers by causing huge spikes in electricity costs for residential and commercial customers. A recent Boston Herald story estimated that, “a small mom-and-pop grocery store or a medium-sized restaurant will see monthly electric bills rise by about $100 a month, or $1,200 a year, based on National Grid’s own estimates of the above-market prices it would pay for Cape Wind power. A typical supermarket will get slapped with a monthly increase of about $500, or $6,000 a year, according to estimates…. Large industrial businesses, many of which are already struggling to survive in a high-cost state like Massachusetts, would get hit the hardest.” (“Cape Wind rates will whack businesses, hospitals, schools,” Jay Fitzgerald, The Boston Herald, October 4, 2010).

In addition to higher utility rates, Perry cited the harmful aesthetic and ecological effects of the project as reasons why the project could have a devastating effect on the local economy. “Talk to a commercial fisherman who’s worried about ecological effects of the project and see what they think about it,” said Perry. “Talk to a hotel owner who’s worried about the effects on tourism. These people know that Cape Wind will ruin the Cape’s economy, which has already taken a hit in this recession.”

Joining Perry at the news conference was Audra Parker, President and CEO of Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. “Cape Wind’s $6 billion price tag would burden consumers and businesses struggling to survive in a state that already pays the 4th highest rates in the nation,” Parker said. “It is a bad deal for MA especially when other clean energy projects are readily available at half the price of Cape Wind.”

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  • Karl Marx

    As Christy M. says if you loved the Big Dig you’ll love Cape Wind. The increase in electricity costs will destroy our manufacturing, what’s left of it.  

  • BrocktonDave

    …but I don’t have a problem with someone being against it.

    I did have a problem with someone being against Cape Wind…  But for a diesel power plant next to a school in a residential neighborhood.

    But that’s water under the bridge.

    I wish the best for Jeff!  I wish I could have voted for him.

  • What Jobs, the Boston run union jobs? These people live in the Boston area and will commute to the job from their homes.  With unemployment running about 18% on Cape Cod jobs are needed but this project will not help those living here on Cape Cod.

    All you have to do is take a look at the project at the Barnstable Airport. All off cape unions.

    In regards to Christy, Christy WHO!!!!

  • …I found out what it will do to my electricity bill.

    Forget it. It’s an oceanside Big Dig.

    I support the format–wind power–but not if it’s going to bankrupt homeowners and businesses.

  • With windmills and a big red circle with a line through it – this is a NIMBY issue, people take it to heart, it crosses party lines, and your current opponent supports Cape Wind while O’Leary (who still earned close to 29k votes) opposed it. If you can break into those voters on this issue, you can gain a lot of ground that Keating hopes to secure.