View Full Version : Cape Cod Wind Farms?

PD Staff
04-12-2010, 09:22 AM

Dont suppose any of you have an opinion?

PD Staff
04-28-2010, 02:47 PM
Cape Cod Story (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=126363616&sc=fb&cc=fp)


The Obama administration has approved what would be the nation's first offshore wind farm, off Cape Cod, inching the U.S. closer to harvesting an untapped domestic energy source - the steady breezes blowing along its vast coasts.

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced his decision Wednesday in Boston, clearing the way for a 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind was in its ninth year of federal review, and Salazar stepped in early this year to bring what he called much-needed resolution to the bitterly contested proposal.

Approval of the project would break new ground in the drive toward renewable power, Massachusetts Environmental Affairs Secretary Ian Bowles said.

"This will be the shot heard around the world for clean energy," he said.

Cape Wind says it can generate power by 2012 and aims to eventually supply three-quarters of the power on Cape Cod, which has about 225,000 residents. Cape Wind officials say it will provide green jobs and a reliable domestic energy source, while offshore wind advocates are hoping it can jump-start the U.S. industry.

Major U.S. proposals include a project in Texas state waters, but most are concentrated along the East Coast north of Maryland, including projects in Delaware and New Jersey.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has been an enthusiastic backer of Cape Wind, pushing it as key to the state's efforts to increase its use of renewable energy.


But Cape Wind met with heavy resistance from people who wanted it moved out of the sound, and its opponents are expected to continue to try to derail the project in court.

Critics say the project endangers wildlife and air and sea traffic, while marring historic vistas. The late U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy fought Cape Wind, calling it a special interest giveaway. The wind farm would be visible from the Kennedy family compound in Hyannisport.

Julia Cumes/AP
Supporters and opponents of the wind farm project vie to get their message across in Woods Hole, Mass., earlier this month, while Interior Secretary Ken Salazar hosted a news conference.

Julia Cumes/AP Supporters and opponents of the wind farm project vie to get their message across in Woods Hole, Mass., earlier this month, while Interior Secretary Ken Salazar hosted a news conference.
Home to some of the best-known beaches in the Northeast, Cape Cod has long been a destination for summer vacations and is famous for its small towns and homes in its namesake architectural style.

Democrat U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, who represents Cape Cod, said allowing the project to move forward will open "a new chapter of legal battles and potential setbacks" for the wind power industry.

"Cape Wind is the first offshore wind farm to be built in the wrong place, in the wrong way, stimulating the wrong economies," Delahunt said Wednesday.

The project is about five miles off Cape Cod at its closest proximity to land and 14 miles off Nantucket at the greatest distance. According to visual simulations done for Cape Wind, on a clear day the turbines would be about a half-inch tall on the horizon at the nearest point and appear as specks from Nantucket.

Opponents also said the power from the pricey Cape Wind project, estimated to cost at least $2 billion, would be too expensive.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts, a Republican, said the project will jeopardize tourism and affect aviation safety and the rights of the Native American tribes.

"Nantucket Sound is a national treasure that should be protected from industrialization." Brown said.

Cape Wind appeared close to final approval in January 2009 when the lead federal agency reviewing the project, the Minerals Management Service, issued a report saying the project posed no major environmental problems.

But two Wampanoag Indian tribes claimed the project would ruin a sacred ritual that requires an unblocked view of the sunrise over the sound, and would be built on long-submerged tribal burial grounds.

Early this month, a federal historic council backed tribal claims and recommended Salazar reject the project, citing its "destructive" affects on views from dozens of historic sites. The governors of six states, including Patrick, last week urged Salazar to ignore that advice, saying that would make it nearly impossible to site offshore wind projects on the Eastern Seaboard because so many offshore wind farm sites are visible from historic properties.

06-30-2010, 06:17 PM
Bring em on, I say. Gulf of Maine too. One could say that sailboats out on the sound are spoiling the view and damaging wildlife. Heck, they hit whales even. People live with fugly power lines everywhere in our lives (you block them out, don't you? Try noticing them for a day and see how they can ruin the view once you stop blocking them out. Wind turbines are a lot less ugly than the stacks from a power plant.

PD Staff
10-13-2010, 10:44 PM

Search engine giant Google announced Tuesday that it will invest in an enormous new project to build an undersea transmission line off the mid-Atlantic coast that could bring energy from offshore wind farms to as many as 1.9 million households.

Right now no offshore wind farms exist in the U.S. -- though several are in the planning stages. How many?

In September, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo. published a report PDF on the state of offshore wind power in the United States that gathered, among other things, a list of the offshore wind projects in the U.S. that have begun to move through either a state or federal permitting process. (Projects built within three miles of shore are in state waters and under the jurisdiction of individual states; projects built further out would be in federal waters and under the jurisdiction of the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management).

The project that's furthest along is Cape Wind, off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. In April, after nearly a decade of legal wrangling and setbacks, the Department of the Interior issued the project a commercial lease allowing construction to begin. Developers hope to have it up and running by 2012.
So what effect will the Google announcement have on these proposals, particularly the mid-Atlantic ones? Until now, any proposed wind farm has had to include in its plans a way to build its own connection to land.

The power backbone that Google has proposed would, when completed, stretch 350 miles beneath the sea floor from Northern New Jersey to Southern Virginia. It would connect to shore at four points, in Virginia, Delaware, Southern New Jersey and Northern New Jersey. The first section -- to be completed in 2016 -- would run 150 miles from New Jersey to Delaware.

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10-14-2010, 04:51 AM
NIMBY-ism is hypocrisy at it's finest. I'm totally down with the turbine farms, and if they were in my area, I'm certain that I'd be able to sail around them with little difficulty. They're far enough out that an impact on the view is minimal.

10-29-2010, 06:55 PM
what kinde of seedes do use?

12-21-2010, 11:55 PM
I sail in the area all the time and have read all of the literature about it. Overall it's a project that needs to be done and the sooner Cape Wind gets the go-ahead the better.

12-27-2010, 02:59 PM
Overall it's a project that needs to be done and the sooner Cape Wind gets the go-ahead the better.

I don't think it was ever going to go anywhere as long as Ted Kennedy was in the US Senate. For better or for worse (and please let's not argue which), he's no longer directly an issue.

It's still a political football in active play (and in the Boston papers at least weekly), but it does seem to be moving forward. It's not ideal, but what is? I'd rather sail around it than deal with another land-based plant burning fossil fuels.

01-14-2011, 11:44 PM
I agree completely though many of the other residents of Marthas Vineyard take issue with it. They've posed a number of points which almost all boil down to "NIMBY" but one sticks out and it's the only serious issue which I can find with the project. Building a wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal like they're proposing would affect a LARGE number of commercial fishermen who would either have to venture much farther for their catch or who would be put out of a job. The farms would ruin their crop and would essentially halt a large part of the local commercial fishing fleet and their crews. This in turn would have a large effect on the economies in the area with the hardest hit being the islands of Marthas Vineyard and Nantucket. For that I say the wind farm project needs to find a way to work with these fishermen so as to not disrupt their livelihood.