With the wind figuratively in his sails, outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told the Offshore Wind Power USA conference in Boston on Tuesday that not only had wind become the nation’s top source of new electricity in 2012, but that there are enough “sweet spots” in Massachusetts ocean waters to power 1.7 million homes. “We control the ocean floor,” Salazar said. “We get to decide what it is that happens.”
But Salazar was also quite clear that control does not necessarily mean development for wind. His sweet spots remain imperiled by the Republicans’ sour opposition to renewable energy production tax credits. The credits were extended for one more year in the end-of-the-year fiscal cliff negotiations. But thousands of jobs were lost with the uncertainty of an extension.