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Celebrating Massachusetts’ Largest Wind Farm: Gov. Deval Patrick, Policymakers Visit Hoosac Wind Power Project

  Celebrating Massachusetts’ Largest Wind Farm: Gov. Deval Patrick,
  Policymakers Visit Hoosac Wind Power Project

Business Wire

FLORIDA, Mass. -- December 03, 2012

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
  *BOND, 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 supportHoosacWindby 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, Ore., and has over $9 billion of operating assets totaling more
than 5,000 MW of wind and solar generation. www.iberdrolarenewables.us

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Contact:

Iberdrola Renewables
Paul Copleman, 207-641-2805 or 215-416-9656
pcopleman@iberdrolaren.com
or
NSTAR and Northeast Utilities
Caroline Pretyman, 617-424-2460
caroline.pretyman@nu.com
or
Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Krista Selmi, 617-626-1109
krista.selmi@state.ma.us
or
Regan Communications
Sean Flanagan, 617-488-2878
sflanagan@regancomm.com
 
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