Cape Wind News

Wind farm generates more than 40,000 comments

More than 40,000 individuals and organizations have submitted comments on an environmental review of the wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound, according to federal officials.

"I've never seen anything like this before," said Rodney Cluck, Cape Wind project manager for the U.S. Minerals Management Service, the lead federal agency to review Cape Wind Associates' plan to build 130 wind turbines in the sound.

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Erosion threatens rare bird on Marion Island

Bird Island, a 3-acre teardrop of sand and rock at the mouth of Sippican Harbor, is shrinking with every storm that rakes the coastline. Disappearing with the tiny island is precious nesting area for endangered roseate terns.

But a cooperative effort of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, state environmental officials and Cape Wind developers aims to shore up the island's breakwater and restore critical nesting area for the endangered birds.

Harvard Business School Case Study on Cape Wind

Harvard Business School's First Look, that summarizes new working papers, case studies, and publications produced by Harvard Business School faculty, has this entry about a new case study on Cape Wind:

Cape Wind: Offshore Wind Energy in the USA  (Harvard Business School Case 708-022)

Cape Wind is an extreme example of NIMBY—not in my backyard syndrome. This is the first offshore wind project planned for the United States, in Nantucket Sound, just south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Jim Gordon: Cape Wind 'an important start'

SOUTH BOSTON — Cape Wind Associates president Jim Gordon has refrained from commenting at a public hearing on his proposal to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound.

That changed last night.

"I have attended all of these public hearings and, until tonight, have not spoken, but rather intently listened to the heartfelt and passionate comments from both supporters and opponents," Gordon said in an expansive gymnasium on the campus of the University of Massachusetts.

Gordon talked about the region's history and how its citizens have responded to great challenges in the

Wind farm proposal clears big obstacle

The nation's first proposed offshore wind-energy project cleared its most formidable hurdle yesterday as the US Minerals Management Service declared that the wind farm off Cape Cod would have little lasting impact on wildlife, navigation, and tourism.

The agency's nearly 2,000-page draft environmental impact statement makes clear that the federal government is inclined to approve construction of the 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound, 5 miles from the nearest coastline, unless major new concerns arise during a public comment period.

Alliance chief tries new spin

The leader of a group at the forefront of a seven-year fight over the wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound will "transition" out of that position within a month.  Charles Vinick, president of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, said yesterday he would likely step down at the next meeting of the organization's board of directors.  "I'm not going to be president going forward," he said during a telephone interview.

Vinick also confirmed that for the past few months he provided consulting services for a California wind energy technology and development company.


Jim Gordon: 'Hoping' for winds of change

From the Cape Cod Times "News Breakers '08" Series...

...The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to former Vice President Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is a sign of support for efforts to combat global warming, [Cape Wind President Jim] Gordon said.  And, he sees Cape Wind as one reason for the federal government's efforts to formulate new permitting and leasing regulations for offshore renewable energy projects.

Changes may buoy Cape Wind project

...The Department of Environmental Protection formally unveiled several changes to the state's Chapter 91 waterways protection laws, which could take effect as soon as April after a public comment period that ends Jan. 17.

One major change would be to declare cables conveying power from offshore renewable-energy projects - including wind farms and hydroelectric generating units - to be water-dependent.

Governor's China trip could spark more Mass. business abroad

BOSTON — Gov. Deval Patrick proclaimed his trade mission to China a success Monday, saying it would open doors for Massachusetts businesses in areas such as life sciences and renewable energy.  Gov. Patrick returned to Massachusetts Saturday after a seven-day trip with state officials, academics and business representatives, including Dennis Duffy, a vice president of Cape Wind.

...Mr. Duffy of Cape Wind joined a support delegation of 16 business representatives who paid their own way.