Renewable Energy Gaining Ground in Some States

As Congress Debates, Projects Involving 'Renewable' Resources Make Inroads and Draw Funding

Published: 08-Jun-2005

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WESTBOROUGH, Mass.--As lawmakers hash out the details of the energy bill this month, states and individuals far from Capitol Hill are taking their own measures against high fuel prices and global warming.

Among them is Robert L. Pratt, director of the Massachusetts Renewable Energy Trust, a quasistate agency created in 1998 that invests about $40 million a year in "renewable" energy projects. A former entrepreneur who developed wind and hydroelectric projects in Latin America, Mr. Pratt says New England's interest goes beyond clean air. It wants the economic benefit and the jobs that come from developing homegrown energy.

"Massachusetts has traditionally been a leader in technology because of its universities," he says. "As a result, we feel we should be the leader in this."


As a part of the process announced Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management is amending 52 land-use plans in nine Western states, which Norton said will clear the way for wind farms generating 3,200 megawatts of wind energy

With an area of 568 and 85,000 residents, Phu Quoc's estimated electricity demand in 2005 was at 20,234 MWh, while its diesel-fueled generators produce only 7.5 MW, less than half the island's demand.

Giant 10 megawatt turbines of the future could be situated far from shore, avoiding battles with onshore residents who object to the presence of large wind farms.


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