Cape Wind News

17 reasons to brag about the Bay State

By Scott Kirsner  Globe Correspondent / November 14, 2010

…We live in an incredibly innovative place: Massachusetts is a magnet for people who want to solve challenging problems, build substantial businesses, and conduct research at the edge of what’s known.

AG backs new plan on price of energy, She urges approval of National Grid’s deal with Cape Wind

Attorney General Martha Coakley yesterday urged state regulators to approve National Grid’s contract to purchase electricity from the offshore energy project Cape Wind, after she got the two companies to agree to a nearly 10 percent reduction in the price of the wind power.

...The altered deal, which Coakley described as “in the public interest,’’ still needs to be approved by the Department of Public Utilities.

Under the revised contract, National Grid electricity customers who use an average of 600 kilowatt hours of power a month would pay just under $1.50 more on their electri

Cape Wind power deal aired in Bridgewater

...Bridgewater residents and business owners who spoke to a Times reporter before yesterday's hearing said the premium cost of Cape Wind electricity would be acceptable if it led to more stable prices in the long term and less dependency on oil.

"That would be worth it, as long as the fee is minimal," said Frank Doyle, as he waited for an order at Cape Cod Cafe on Winter Street.  Doyle, who is a National Grid customer and said he did not feel strongly one way or the other about climate change, argued that the stable rates Cape Wind could provide over the long term make the project

Legal losses for wind foes

There was another piece of bad news for opponents of the Nantucket Sound wind farm last week: In addition to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar’s decision to allow Cape Wind’s proposed 130-turbine project to be built, a Superior Court judge ruled against opponents’ claim that the state was examining the project too narrowly when it gave an environmental sign-off three years ago.

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Wampanoag cultural claim false, some say

Two prominent members of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) say there is no historical basis to support claims by tribe leaders that a wind farm in Nantucket Sound would interfere with important cultural ceremonies based on the rising of the sun in the east. They say the claims are fiction.

Tribe member Jeffrey Madison, in a February 9 letter sent to Ken Salazar, Secretary of the U.S.

Cape Wind savings pegged at billions

The developer of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm released a study yesterday that claims the project would save $4.6 billion in New England's wholesale electric costs over 25 years.

The nine-page report by Charles River Associates found that if Cape Wind were built the total cost of electricity paid by utilities in the region would be $185 million less on average each year.

Washington Post article on Cape Wind

...The venture stands as a critical test of whether the Obama administration, which views investing in renewable energy as key to reviving the economy and combating climate change, can launch the clean-energy revolution it has promised voters.

Ian Bowles, the Massachusetts energy and environmental affairs secretary, called the Cape Wind project "symbolic of America's struggle with clean energy.