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    Cape Wind signs deal to buy offshore turbines
    "ape Wind, the Boston company awaiting final approval of a federal permit to build a controversial offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound, said yesterday it has signed an agreement to buy 130 wind turbines for the project from Siemens Energy Inc.

    t the same time, Siemens said it will open an office in Boston for US offshore wind projects.

    The agreement with Siemens depends on final US approval of the project, said Mark Rodgers, a Cape Wind spokesman. Asked why Cape Wind made the agreement now, before the federal government’s permitting decision, Rodgers said, "We’ve been working hard for the last year to make our selection, and now that we’ve made it, we thought, why wait?’’

    Siemens Energy’s parent company, Siemens AG, based in Munich, has a US headquarters in Orlando, Fla. The company’s US Wind Power division has grown from one employee in December 2004 to more than 1,000 employees today, spokeswoman Monika Wood said.

    The Boston office will open on June 1 with just a few employees, Wood said. But she added that Siemens plans to double the number of US Wind Power employees in the next two to three years.

    Randy Zwirn, chief executive of Siemens Energy, said in a statement that an office here will allow the company to be closer to its US customers.

    Ian A. Bowles, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said a Siemens office in Boston will help the state’s efforts to grow an alternative energy industry."

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