Gov. Deval Patrick, Policymakers Visit Hoosac Wind Power Project
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December 3, 2012
FLORIDA, Mass. — Representing a milestone in Massachusetts’ renewable energy development, the Hoosac Wind Power Project hosted a special visit from Gov. Deval Patrick and the state’s policymakers today. The delegation got an up-close look at what it takes to build the state’s newest and largest utility-scale wind farm, generating millions in local revenue and complete with turbines made in the USA.
In total, Hoosac’s 19 turbines generate 28.5 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy. Each GE turbine can produce up to 1.5 MW, or 2,000 horsepower. Altogether, the total project powers over 10,000 homes annually.
When Hoosac goes online later this year, it will contribute to a record year of wind energy installation in The Commonwealth, with Massachusetts on track to surpass 100 MW of installed renewable energy.
“Wind energy has so much potential, and the completion of this project will be a big step forward in reducing our reliance on volatile, foreign fossil fuels,” said Gov. Patrick. “We share a common vision with the project developers to make the Commonwealth a healthier and environmentally cleaner place for generations to come.”
Rising on Crum Hill in Monroe, Mass., and on Bakke Mountain in Florida, Mass., Hoosac employed a peak of 140 construction workers, with $3.8 million spent locally during building. Over the life of the project, Hoosac will generate approximately $6.8 million in tax revenue for the towns, and lease payments to local landowners will total another $3 million.
“The Hoosac Wind Power Project generates not only clean, renewable energy, but also sustainable jobs and tax revenue for the community,” said Martín Múgica, president and CEO of Iberdrola Renewables, LLC, the project’s owner and operator. “We are proud to bring this level of long-term economic development to Massachusetts, and we could not do it without the support of our many partners.”
Numerous Massachusetts companies are part of the current construction effort. These companies include:
State Electric Corporation, Woburn
Mass Electric Construction Company, Boston
Sum Co., Salem
Environmental Resources Management, Boston
Stantec, Northampton and Westfield
Pantermehl Environmental Services, Ashfield
United Site Services, Springfield
County Concrete, Pittsfield
Waterman, North Adams
Always Growing Landscaping, Washington
FGG Consulting, Farmington
Walden Trucking, North Adams
Whitney Trucking, Northfield
Lille Trucking, North Adams
A-1 Trucking, North Adams
Adams Stone, North Adams
N Della Inc., Adams
Executives from NSTAR also participated in the behind-the-scenes tour at Hoosac.
“We’re proud to support Hoosac Wind by purchasing 100 percent of its clean, renewable energy generated right here in Massachusetts,” said Jim Hunt, vice president of regulatory affairs and community relations for Northeast Utilities, NSTAR’s parent company. “Long-term contracts between utilities and renewable energy developers help projects like this to move forward by providing an important financial commitment.”
BOND is the construction company that built the Hoosac project, which created more than 100 construction jobs in the community.
“Hoosac Wind was an exciting project to be a part of,” said Edward Bond, CEO of BOND. “BOND is proud to be involved with this important project that utilized so many local Massachusetts companies.”
All of the GE turbines at Hoosac were assembled at sites throughout the United States.
“GE and Iberdrola Renewables have a long-standing relationship, and we are proud to work together on the largest wind farm in Massachusetts,” said Vic Abate, vice president of renewable energy for GE. “Our 1.5 MW turbine is a proven, advanced technology product that will provide clean, domestic and competitive energy for the state.”
Iberdrola Renewables, LLC is the U.S. renewable energy division of parent company IBERDROLA, S.A., an energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset base of any company in the world. Iberdrola Renewables, LLC is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and has over $9 billion of operating assets totaling more than 5,000 MW of wind and solar generation.
Art Sasse, Director, Communications & Brand, Iberdrola Renewables, 503-796-7740 Paul Copleman, Media Relations, Iberdrola Renewables, 207-641-2805 Caroline Pretyman, NSTAR and Northeast Utilities, 617-424-2460 Krista Selmi, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, 617-626-1109 Sean Flanagan, Regan Communications, 617-488-2878