The Boston Globe ’s Green Blog, reports that Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has penned a plan to get ten percent of the state’s energy from wind energy by 2020. The Massachusetts wind power target is intended to "guide the incentives and policies made by state agencies." Ian Bowles, the secretary for energy and environmental affairs says, “It helps to motivate the bureaucracy.”
Apparently, about one-tenth to one quarter of the new target could be reached with municipal-scale projects but offshore wind will need to be a huge fraction of that total wind requirement. The new order goes hand in hand with the big news that the U.S. Interior Department gave a favorable finding in its final environmental impact statement for Cape Wind, the planned offshore wind farm near Cape Cod.