Small Wind Energy Project Proposed for Massachusetts Turnpike

In pursuit of Governor Deval Patrick’s goal of 2,000 megawatts of wind power in Massachusetts by 2020, the Secretaries of the Executive Office of Transportation (EOT) and the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) announced a project to install a utility-scale wind energy project on state land adjacent to the Massachusetts Turnpike’s Blandford Rest Area.

Following studies showing significant wind power potential, the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (MTA) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to install wind power at the 68-acre site in western Massachusetts.

“This is a great example of how state agencies can work together to achieve our common goals,” Governor Patrick said. “This wind energy project is good for the environment and it will help create jobs within our clean energy economy.”
 
Studies completed in January by the University of Massachusetts Renewable Energy Research Laboratory concluded that the Hampden County location – the highest elevation on the Pike – has wind resource sufficient to support at least a 1.5 megawatt turbine. Producing up to 3,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually, such a turbine could produce sufficient clean energy to power roughly 400 households.

At Blandford, the selected proposal would develop a wind turbine installation on the site and sell the output to the Western Massachusetts Electric Co. or another retail electricity provider.

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