Cape Wind Articles

Offshore harvest of wind is proposed for Cape Cod

Article on plan by Cape Wind Associates, joint venture between Energy Management Inc and Wind Management Inc, to build array of 170 slender turbines in Nantucket Sound that it says would generate nearly half of electrical supply for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket; critics say turbines would disturb birds, harm fisheries and scare away tourists; maps; graph; drawing; photo (M) If three wind-power proponents succeed, 170 slender turbines will one day appear in Nantucket Sound and, if the winds are right, generate nearly half the electrical supply for Cape Cod and the islands of Martha

New analysis of Cape Wind project shows $25 Million in energy savings annually

YARMOUTH, MA — A new review of the proposed Cape Wind project estimates $125 million in savings for the region’s consumers over its first five years of operation. The analysis of the project’s impact o­n New England electricity market prices was conducted by La Capra Associates, a leading energy consulting firm based in Boston, MA.

“Every hour that Cape Wind is available to operate will reduce the amount of electricity production required from other power plants with higher costs,” said Douglas Smith, La Capra Associates’ Technical Director.

Blowing Out to Sea: Offshore wind farms may finally reach the U.S.

With little alteration to the national power grid, the U.S. could quickly get at least 12 percent of its electricity from wind. Yet currently, wind generators supply only about 0.5 percent, in part because people don't want to live underneath the tall turbines. In Europe one solution to the people problem is to place the wind machines out at sea, where the winds are stronger anyway. Read the full story in Scientific American

Encourage wind farms

By Francis Broadhurst, a columnist for the Cape Cod Times

When I wrote about the proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound in August, I predicted critics would come out of the woodwork, preaching fear and environmental doom if the project went ahead. So loud has the cacophony of concern grown it has created the worst noise pollution Cape Cod has ever suffered.

Some whom I have respected over the years urged me to withdraw my support for the project.

Ireland to build world's largest wind farm

Ireland has approved plans to build the world's largest wind farm on a sandbank just six miles (ten kilometers) offshore from Arklow, a town about 40 miles (70 kilometers) south of Dublin.

Ireland takes wind power plunge

The Irish Government has approved plans for the world's largest offshore electricity-generating wind farm, to be built on a sandbank in the Irish Sea south of Dublin.

When completed, the 200 turbines will produce 10% of the country's electricity needs. Read the full story in BBC News

Q&A: Wind and wave power

Renewable power sources should play a much bigger role in British energy policy, according to a report by the Cabinet Office Performance and Innovation Unit (PIU).

Wind and wave power will be key, and here BBC News Online looks at how the technologies work, how much energy they supply, and what potential they have for the UK. Read the full story in the BBC News

New England's EMI plans 420 MW Nantucket wind farm

NEW YORK - New England energy trendsetter Energy Management Inc. (EMI) is developing one of the world's largest offshore wind farms in Massachusetts' Nantucket Sound, rivaling some of the North Sea projects off Denmark and Germany.

"We're developing America's first offshore wind farm five miles off the coast that will generate up to 420 megawatts (MW) of clean renewable energy," Jim Gordon, president of Energy Management and Cape Wind Associates LLC, told Reuters. Read the full story in Planet Ark

The power of the wind

Environmentalists have long considered wind a clean source of energy and a promising alternative to burning fossil fuels. But producing electricity from wind was expensive, costing 10 times the price of natural gas. Only eight years ago, wind energy was dismissed as an economic failure. NPR's Howard Berkes exlores the rush to harness energy from wind during a visit to one of the windiest regions of Texas, where hundreds of wind turbines are going up on every available mesa. Read the full story at NPR