Cape Cod Wind Farm Still Going Hound And Round

Pronovost, Paul
August 2005
Planning;Aug/Sep2005, Vol. 71 Issue 8, p46
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the proposal by a private developer to construct 130 wind turbines that would cover 24 square miles of Nantucket Sound in Massachusetts. The proposal has provoked an uproar that is rippling from the shores of Cape Cod to the halls of the U.S. Congress. The project would be the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. The turbines, each 260 feet tall with blades extending up to 417 feet, would be spread out in an array and have a maximum output of 420 megawatts. The wind farm has plenty of detractors, including influential politicians. Senator Edward Kennedy, whose family compound at Hyannisport would have a direct view of the facility, opposes it, as does Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who explained his position at a December 2004 public hearing. Supporters cite air quality benefits and potentially cheaper electricity as reasons to get behind Cape Wind. A poll conducted in May 2005 found a statistical dead heat on views regarding the wind farm. Federal agencies are split, too. Both the Department of the Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency have called for more review of environmental impacts, while the U.S. Department of Energy has praised the project as a step in the right direction for renewable energy.


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