Cape Wind Articles

State energy chief sees export potential

Massachusetts’ top energy and environmental chief told a conference of business and clean-technology leaders that the clean-tech sector can transform the state from an energy importer to a major supplier of green energy and technology.

...Bowles also announced Beacon Hill legislators have proposed legislation to streamline the process for large, capital-intensive alternative energy projects as well as reaffirmed the state’s commitment to offshore wind developments such as the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound.

More Legislators Sign Up To Support Wind Farm

Falmouth Enterprise news article, reprinted here in its entirely, with permission.

The Enterprise, May 8, 2009, Region Section

More Legislators Sign Up To Support Wind Farm

By MICHAEL C. BAILEY

Another 30 state legislators have signed onto a letter to Kenneth L. Salazar, US Secretary of the Interior, to quickly approve the Cape Cod Wind Farm project.

“Projects that start controversial up here usually stay controversial.

National Geographic's Wild Chronicles program on Mass Audubon research

National Geographic's Wild Chronicles filmed this video on Simon Perkins, Mass Audubon ornithologist, and the US Geological Survey, as they research Long-tailed Ducks. As part of the environmental impact research on the proposed Cape Wind farm in Nantucket Sound, they need to know where the Long-Tailed Ducks roost and feed while they are in Nantucket Sound. Video provided courtesy of National Geographic.  (segment is 4 minutes, 8 seconds).Click here to view this segment on YouTube

78 Mass. Lawmakers Urge Approval of Cape Wind

Seventy-eight Members of the Massachusetts Legislature have signed onto a letter to U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar that urges him to approve Cape Wind "as soon as possible". In so doing, these legislators in both chambers and both parties are representing the overwhelming majority (86%) of Massachusetts citizens who support Cape Wind. The letter was written by House Chairman Frank Smizik and Senate Chairman Marc Pacheco of the Global Warming and Climate Change Committee.

Finally, a Political Tailwind for Offshore Wind Power

COM grad Jim Gordon's plans for Nantucket Sound gather momentum

Sitting in his Arlington Street office, musing about seismic political shifts in Washington, Jim Gordon, whose 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound has been stalled by legal challenges, controversy, and red tape for eight years, does one thing he hasn’t done before: he refers to his opposition in the past tense.  “They’ve marginalized themselves,” says Gordon (COM’75), CEO of Cape Wind.

Cape Wind permit considered likely

Following a tentative decision by a state board yesterday, Cape Wind Associates, LLC, is poised to receive a "super permit," knocking off nine state and local approvals it needs to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound.

If formally approved, the so-called composite certificate would overturn a Cape Cod Commission procedural denial of the project.

AP INTERVIEW: Salazar pushes for wind energy

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday that the waters off the Atlantic coast hold some of the country's greatest wind energy potential, and he promised to move aggressively to develop plans to exploit the resource.

...A $1 billion project to erect 130 giant wind turbines off Cape Cod has long been opposed by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., who has argued it would kill birds, endanger sea life and imperil the area's tourism and fishing industries.

Key hurdles cleared, Cape Wind ready to rev up

Cape Wind could begin to set up financing for its plan to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound as early as this spring, according to a company official.

The U.S. Minerals Management Service issued a largely positive environmental report for the project last month and a formal approval of a lease for the project could come as soon as two weeks.