A sensible wind turbine project collapsed recently under the weight of baseless concerns by neighbors in the Squantum section of Quincy and political skittishness in Quincy City Hall. Buried in the process is a great opportunity to generate clean energy, create new jobs, and reduce municipal energy budgets.
More than two years ago, officials from both Boston and Quincy were hailing a joint undertaking to take advantage of the favorable winds on Boston Harbor’s Moon Island, which is owned by Boston but located within Quincy’s city limits. Key regulators endorsed the wind turbine project. But in recent weeks, residents of the Squantum peninsula prevailed on Quincy public officials to block the project, citing concerns for their view.