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Gloucester sets sail with new use of wind

GLOUCESTER - For centuries, wind played a central role in Gloucester’s economy – pushing fishing vessels across oceans, and helping to make the port the most storied fishing village in the country. These days, the city and private developers are looking to the wind to save dollars and to cut down on burning fossil fuel. Here, where the average wind speed is nearly 16 miles per hour every day, and is the first community north of Boston with three turbines, Gloucester is now seen as the poster city for wind advocates.

“It’s a statement about choosing our own destiny and become independent from oil. We’re a progressive community that has always relied on the wind. This a natural fit for Gloucester,” said Mayor Carolyn Kirk.

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