Offshore, Wind Power

Federal Court Victory for Cape Wind

Federal District Court Judge Joseph Tauro issued the second ruling in four weeks affirming Cape Wind’s permit for a scientific monitoring station on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound.

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts – September 19, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] In his ruling, the Judge agreed with the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Cape Wind that the Corps has the authority to issue permits for such structures on the Outer Continental Shelf and that the Corps complied with the terms of the National Environmental Policy Act in granting the permit, said Cape Wind. Cape Wind is seeking to built a 120 turbine, 420 MW offshore wind farm in a shallow section of water between Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Nantucket Island, Massachusetts. The wind farm developers have faced tough criticism and coordinated attacks on many fronts from the opposition group, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. This recent ruling regarding the permitting for the monitoring station is just one such avenue which Cape Wind has had to defend themselves on. “This important legal victory for Cape Wind moves Cape Cod and the region closer to achieving increased energy independence, lower electricity costs, a healthier environment and new jobs,” Jim Gordon, President of Cape Wind said. The seventeen federal and state agencies that are currently reviewing Cape Wind under the National Environmental Policy Act and Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act are operating within a clear and transparent regulatory and legal framework.” “While we are pleased with the federal court decision today we have always made clear our commitment to a full and public discussion of the issues surrounding the Cape Wind project and we will continue meeting with community groups, public officials and others to answer questions and discuss the benefits of the Cape Wind project.” Gordon continued. Cape Wind’s proposal to build America’s first offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal would provide three-quarters of the electricity used on Cape Cod and the Islands from clean, renewable energy, reducing the use of imported oil, coal and gas. Cape Wind said the project will create new jobs, lower electric costs, contribute to a healthier environment, increase energy independence and establish Massachusetts as a leader in offshore wind power.