FAQs: Permitting Process and Cape Wind
Question: Will Cape Wind pay the U.S. Government for utilizing Horseshoe Shoal to produce clean energy?
Answer: Yes, the Commercial Lease the U.S. Department of Interior issued to Cape Wind stipulates the royalty payments that Cape Wind must make to the Federal Government, 28% of which will be redirected back to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Question: What is the current status of the permitting process for Cape Wind?
Answer: Cape Wind has secured all if its Federal and State permits in addition to a 25-year commercial lease from the U.S. Department of Interior.
Question: How does Cape Wind’s permitting process compare with those used for other electricity generating projects?
This clean, renewable energy project underwent a more comprehensive and rigorous permitting review than any of New England’s fossil fueled or nuclear power plants. There were a total of 30 public hearings on Cape Wind.
Question: Why did both Federal and State agencies review Cape Wind?
Answer: The wind turbines on Horseshoe Shoal will be in Federal waters and portions of the underground electric cables will be in Massachusetts.