Cape renewable energy group has 5,000 members

Clean Power Now hit that milestone last week

Hyannis, MA August 1, 2005

During the past week, Clean Power Now, a Cape- based grassroots group supporting renewable energy, has signed up its 5,000th member.

This is the postcard CPN created and is using to lure vacationers to Cape Cod when it's America's first offshore wind farm locale.

The 5,000-member mark was passed during the 2- year-old organizationâ??s staffing of a booth at the Barnstable County Fair in Falmouth. Executive Director Matt Palmer said, â??Itâ??s quite remarkable that a grass-roots volunteer group could have reached this milestone so quickly. Supporting the Nantucket Sound Wind Farm has been a principal focus of our energies in that time, which makes it all the more rewarding that most of our members are Cape-based.â?

Clean Power Now promises new members that it will not publicize their names or share them with other organizations. However, Palmer did reveal that while most members were from the Cape, Islands, and South Coast towns, the next largest group comprised other Massachusetts locations, and the third largest was from elsewhere in New England. The organizationâ??s less than two dozen foreign members come from as far afield as Russia, Singapore, Europe and Canada.

â??It shows the extent to which people in this area understand the value of renewable energy and are committed to its developmentâ? said Palmer. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on