Cape Wind Gets All Its Permits

Now all Cape Wind needs to do is build the thing (and hope none of the lawsuits trying to block it succeed).

The big, controversial offshore wind power project on Nantucket Sound won its final OKs from the federal government – a “Section 10 Permit” from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers required to work in navigable waters, and approval from the Environmental Protection Agency that the project complies with the Clean Air Act.

Cape Wind, computer-simulated view

image via Cape Wind

The approval process was an odyssey for Cape Wind – “a decade’s effort of our company and 17 Federal and State agencies striving to harness America’s abundant, inexhaustible offshore wind resource,” as company President Jim Gordon put it.

Late last year, the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities approved Cape Wind’s deal to sell its electricity to National Grid – and it’s that aspect of the project that is now under legal assault from activists. In any case, the company is aiming to have power coming ashore from the 130-turbine wind plant in 2013, after a construction process that it said will create 1,000 jobs.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

1 Comment

  • Reply January 13, 2011

    Jonathan Foxrun

    http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2010/12/23 Read this article that includes emails showing that Cape Wind has not been through a lot of necessary studies — just too much work for the Department of the Interior, I guess. This certainly contradicts their claim that during the last 9+ years they have been through the most thorough review in history.

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