He said he wants to create jobs by encouraging growth of the clean energy industry in his state, the Boston Globe reported.
Patrick called Cape Wind, "a symbol of the kind of economy." By being open to renewables, Patrick said he hoped to attract manufacturers of turbines, hybrid cars, and solar panel.
"I don't just want wind farms," Patrick said. "The whole integrated industry ought to and can have a place in Massachusetts."
A representative for Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said he still disagrees with the governor over Cape Wind, but, like Patrick, he wants to "promote and develop renewable energy in Massachusetts."
Patrick was in the District for the winter meeting of the National Governors Association, which ends Tuesday.
According to a recent report, Cape Wind would have the capacity to generate 75 percent of the Cape and Islands' electricity.
The project's second draft environmental impact statement was filed recently and is set for response from the Mineral Management Services in April. Final statements are expected by the end of 2007 or early 2008.
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