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Cape Wind: NU-NStar should have to buy our power

October 4, 2011

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BOSTON—The Cape Wind offshore wind farm says that NStar and Northeast Utilities should have to buy half its power in order win Massachusetts regulatory approval for a deal combining the two utilities.

Cape Wind argues in a September letter to the Department of Public Utilities that the purchase would meet a state mandate requiring the utilities to purchase a certain amount of renewable power. The company also says it's consistent with the department's prior finding that the 130-turbine project has substantial benefits.

Cape Wind has sold half its power to National Grid, but has struggled to find a buyer for the other half.

Some believe the state is using the deal with Hartford-based Northeast Utilities to pressure Boston-based NStar to buy Cape Wind's more expensive power. State Rep. Brad Jones calls it a "shakedown."