December 24, 2008

Offshore Wind Farm Project in U.S. Moves Foward

On Tuesday, a plan to build the United State's first offshore wind farm took another step forward, after the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection approved its proposed undersea cables to transmit power to the mainland.  

The state review found that the Cape Wind project, which would place 130 turbines about 4.7 miles off upscale Cape Cod, would provide "greater public benefit than detriment."

The wind farm would provide enough power for about 400,000 homes, but is opposed by beachfront homeowners who complain the 247-foot (75-meter) towers would spoil their views.

The developers of the project, which totals $1 billion, are still waiting on a composite state and local permit, and also federal approvals by the U.S. Coast Guard, according to Mark Rogers, Department of the Interior and the Federal Aviation Administration, a spokesman for privately held Cape Wind Associates LLC.

Cape Wind expects the permitting process to be completed by March, said Rogers.


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