Press Releases

Cape Wind Completes State & Local Permitting

BOSTON, MA, May 21, 2009 – Cape Wind completed its State and Local permitting process today with a unanimous vote of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board to grant Cape Wind a ‘Certificate of Environmental Impact and Public Interest’ that rolls up all State and Local permits and approvals into one ‘composite certificate’.Cape Wind President Jim Gordon welcomed the news, “Today's vote marks not just a successful conclusion to a seven-year state regulatory review of the Cape Wind project but the beginning of a new era of clean energy jobs and renewable power from the endless wind r

Majority of Mass. Legislators Urge Cape Wind Approval

BOSTON, MA, May 4, 2009 – A majority of the members of the Massachusetts Legislature, 107 in total, representing Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate, including 28 Committee Chairmen, have signed onto a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar urging him to approve Cape Wind “as soon as possible.”

This announcement today coincides with an event in Newark, Delaware where Vice President Biden and Interior Secretary Salazar are highlighting offshore wind power development in the United States.


MARCH 13, 2009, BOSTON, MA – In a unanimous vote, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (Siting Board), the agency created by the Legislature to ensure the siting of needed and least environmental impact energy facilities, voted yesterday to grant Cape Wind a Certificate of Environmental Impact and Public Interest (Certificate) that effectively rolls up all nine state and local permits related to the electric cables into one ‘composite certificate’.

Note: The official transcript of the Siting Board's Hearing yesterday is available for download at:

Massachusetts Moves Closer to Having Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm and More Secure Energy Future

Cape Wind Project Draws Near As Final Report Released

BOSTON, MA, January 16, 2009 -- After seven and a half years of comprehensive environmental review, scores of public hearings and community meetings, and energy challenges that make Cape Wind more essential now than when it was first proposed in 2001, the lead agency in charge of offshore energy projects today released its 2,800-page Final Environmental Impact Statement on Cape Wind.

“This report validates the project will create new jobs, increase energy independence and fight global warming whi

State Agency Approves Cape Wind’s Waterways Application

BOSTON, MA, DECEMBER 23, 2008 – The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has approved Cape Wind’s Chapter 91 Waterways Application. 

In the letter notifying Cape Wind of their decision, a DEP official stated, “the Department determines that the proposed project serves a proper public interest which provides greater public benefit than detriment to the public’s rights in said tidelands”. 

Cape Wind Communications Director Mark Rodgers welcomed this news by stating, “This DEP appr

Cape Wind Wins 87% of Vote in Ballot Question

BOSTON, MA, NOVEMBER 5, 2008 – Eighty seven percent of voters in eleven Massachusetts towns in the south shore voted Yes on Question 4, a non-binding question that read:

Should the state representative from this district be instructed to vote in favor of legislation that would support the development of Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound and other possible future onshore and offshore wind power developments in Massachusetts?

73,397 of the 84,417 voters who answered this question answered Yes.

This is consistent with two independent public opinion surveys carried out in March, 2008 t

Cape Wind Wins another Appeal: Massachusetts Agency Confirms Federal Jurisdiction over Cape Wind

July 8, 2008

BOSTON, MA – A Final Decision issued by the Director of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MDFW) upheld an earlier decision that Cape Wind does not constitute a “taking” under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act and that wildlife issues will be managed by the appropriate Federal Agencies.

“At a time of record high oil prices, this Final Decision brings us closer to delivering stable electricity prices, greater energy independence, good jobs in the clean energy sector and cleaner air from America’s first offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal

Court Rules in Favor of Cape Wind, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Barnstable Superior Court Judge Robert Kane on Friday, in a 37-page ruling, allowed motions by Cape Wind and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to dismiss four of five counts that had been filed by the opposition group and by the Town of Barnstable.

Cape Wind President Jim Gordon was pleased with the outcome, “The court rejected the opponents’ primary argument and agreed that Massachusetts agency review was proper.

Cape Wind Takes Major Step Forward

Report Issued by Federal Minerals Management Service

BOSTON, MA -- Cape Wind passed a major milestone today at the start of its final year of permitting with the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) from the lead Federal permitting agency, the Minerals management Service (MMS) of the Department of Interior.

From the MMS DEIS:

Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound is environmentally and economically superior to the alternative sites that were studied.