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.”