Offshore, Project Development, Wind Power

Cape Wind Farm Educational Initiative Planned

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) Executive Director Mitchell Adams has unveiled a comprehensive Public Education and Outreach Initiative focusing on plans to develop thenation’s first offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound.

Westborough, Massachusetts – September 13, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MTC) Executive Director Mitchell Adams has unveiled a comprehensive Public Education and Outreach Initiative focusing on plans to develop the nation’s first offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. “Our goal is to elevate the public discourse on this proposal by providing objective information and straight answers to questions on the minds of people across the state, especially residents of the Cape & Islands,” said Adams. “We want everyone to have easy access to reliable information to make the most informed decision possible.” MTC is sponsoring a public informational forum at Barnstable High School on Saturday, October 26, 2002. Featured speakers include representatives from The Conservation Law Foundation, Union of Concerned Scientists, Cape Light Compact and ISO New England the operators of the regional electric grid. MTC, the state’s development agency for Renewable Energy and the innovation economy, manages the US$150 million Renewable Energy Trust. “The Trust supports the generation of new alternative energy sources, but not before carefully weighing the costs and benefits to Massachusetts residents,” said Trust Director Rob Pratt. “We are filling a critical void by presenting forums, tools and resources that enable residents and stakeholders to participate in the federal and state permitting processes. This open public education and outreach initiative will be used to address future Renewable Energy proposals.” More than 40 individuals representing the interests of the Cape & Islands as well as state and federal agencies are participating in MTC’s stakeholder process designed to identify and address some of the outstanding issues surrounding the wind proposal.