Mitchell speaks at offshore wind conference

offshore-wind-conference01aFebruary 26, 2014 12:25 AM
Ariel Wittenberg
NEW BEDFORD — In his latest effort to promote the city’s renewable energy aspirations, Mayor Jon Mitchell spoke Tuesday at his third offshore wind conference since October.
The mayor was one of five experts on a panel about power purchase agreements, which allow offshore wind farms to secure buyers for the electricity they produce.
“It is a somewhat arcane subject, but the point is to showcase New Bedford,” Mitchell said afterward. “The American industry is wide open right now and we are taking every opportunity to assert New Bedford.”
Mitchell spoke Tuesday at the Offshore Wind USA conference in Boston. In October he spoke at the American Wind Energy Association’s offshore wind conference in Providence, and last month he spoke at the Good Jobs, Green Jobs conference in Washington, D.C.
New Bedford has been the only municipality represented at each conference.
“It is clear that the industry in the US and in Europe is taking notice of New Bedford and recognizing the advantages of our marine commerce terminal, deep water port and seafaring workforce. That makes us competitive in the industry,” the mayor said.
Mitchell noted that bringing the offshore wind industry to New Bedford is important not just for a clean energy future but also because it would bring jobs to the city.
“The approach of my administration is not to sit back and wait for other people to make things happen for us,” he said. “We have to take our own initiative.”

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