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."

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