Patrick names two to Cabinet

Governor-elect Deval Patrick named two fellow Harvard graduates with strong ties to the state's business and political circles yesterday to oversee his administration's policies on housing, the economy, energy, and the environment.

Patrick appointed Ian Bowles -- president and chief executive of the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, a centrist think tank in Boston -- as secretary of energy and the environment.

...In an interview yesterday, Bowles said he wants to use his new position to promote clean energy. He spoke broadly of uniting venture capitalists, scientists, and environmentalists to help form policies. But he was reluctant to delve into details.

"There's an enormous opportunity in front of us -- with renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy technology -- to make Massachusetts a global leader, and I think the specific policies and incentives we'll be working on in the weeks and months to come," said Bowles, who now lives in Charlestown.

Bowles said he, like Patrick, supports Cape Wind, the controversial project to build wind turbines in Nantucket Sound. He called the project "an important symbol of our commitment to renewable energy."

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