Representatives of Cape Wind and Fugro brought members of the local media out to Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound on Saturday September 22nd, to get a close up look at the two barges conducting geophysical and geotechnical investigations that are contributing to the final foundation construction design to ready the project for its construction phase.
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Placing wind turbines off the East Coast could meet the entire demand for electricity from Florida to Maine, according to engineering experts at Stanford University.
It would require 144,000 offshore turbines standing 270 feet tall — not one of which exists since proposals have stalled due to controversy and costs.
Important new report today from the National Wildlife Federation that lays out compelling public benefits offshore wind will provide the U.S. and the urgency to move forward now, entitled: "The Turning Point for Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy: Time for Action to Create Jobs, Reduce Pollution, Protect Wildlife & Secure America’s Energy Future".
As posted on 'Entering Falmouth' blog by Troy Clarkson on Cape Cod Today (this op ed also appeared in the Falmouth Enterprise):
Turns out the lyrics from the classic and iconic Bob Dylan song were perfectly prophetic in a Falmouth sense. “Yes, how many times can a man turn his head, pretending he just doesn't see? The answer my friend is blowin' in the wind. The answer is blowin' in the wind.” The prophecy, though, was not about the social issues of the 1960’s, as the author intended and shared with a generation.
Congressional candidate Joseph Kennedy III has bucked his famous family's opposition to Cape Wind, endorsing the project Thursday from the campaign trail. "Offshore wind is one of the resources Massachusetts is blessed with," he said in an interview with The Sun Chronicle in Attleboro.
The former Cape and Islands assistant district attorney is a candidate for the 4th Congressional District, currently held by U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass.
BY JIM HAND SUN CHRONICLE STAFF
ATTLEBORO — Congressional candidate Joseph Kennedy III broke with his family elders today and endorsed the Cape Wind energy project many of his relatives oppose.
Kennedy said he has not taken a position on the project up until now because he wanted to study the details.
There have been several hopeful signs that the decades-long controversy surrounding Cape Wind’s offshore wind farm on Nantucket Sound may finally begin die down – and that is ultimately good news for the alternative energy market in New England and the nation’s efforts toward energy independence.
Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) writes about new study about erosion changes to the US east coast accelerated by climate change and the importance of taking action. Here is an exerpt:
"Offshore wind power, for example, has tremendous potential to scale up on the Atlantic coast and become a major source of zero-carbon renewable energy. The (federal) National Renewable Energy Lab estimates that the Atlantic coast could host offshore wind projects totally 212 GW in shallow waters with high wind speeds.
NEW BEDFORD — Fishermen and recreational boaters might have seen a strange sight in the harbor last week as crews assembled a red jack-up barge whose four towering, black legs looked almost like smokestacks rising from the harbor. The vessel will be used this fall to take sediment samples of Nantucket Sound's ocean floor for Cape Wind, and its legs are essential to the task.