Reports: Cape Wind to get DOI approval

April 28, 2010 — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will grant construction approval to the Cape Wind offshore wind power project near Nantucket, Mass.

According to media reports, the 130-turbine project has been subject to many state and federal regulatory reviews, and has a history of political opposition to its construction.

The $1 billion project once earned the opposition of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, President Barack Obama and Salazar have been listed as proponents of the wind farm, and wind energy in general.

Newly elected Republican Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) has come out against the project, saying that the Nantucket Sound is a national treasure worth preserving in its natural state.

The project will reportedly use 130 wind power turbines, rated at 3.6 MW each. Either Siemens or Vestas will supply the turbines. The project’s 24 square-mile footprint will produce an estimated 454 MW of renewable energy.

Cape Wind’s developers first applied for a permit in 2001. That same year, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, a nonprofit environmental pressure group, formed to oppose the project.

 

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