Wind, hydro power in mix as Patrick heads to Quebec meetings

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As hydroelectric power talks proceed up north, Massachusetts could one day lose out to Rhode Island in the race for the country's first offshore wind development.

"I don't think anybody's first until the project is completed," Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan told the News Service. He said the state has done "absolutely everything in its power and abilities" to help the Cape Wind project and it is "on a good path."

Deepwater Wind, a Rhode Island company, says it could begin transmission construction in 2014 and offshore construction in 2015 for the Block Island Wind Farm, a project that with 5 wind turbines 5 kilometers offshore of Block Island is much smaller than Cape Wind's 130-turbine endeavor in Nantucket Sound, miles from the shores of Cape Cod. details here