Boston, Massachusetts [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Cape Wind has passed a milestone at the start of its final year of permitting with the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) from the lead Federal permitting agency, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the Department of Interior.
According to the report, Cape Wind will not have major impacts on birds, fish, marine mammals, fishing, tourism, or on sea or air navigation as was contended by some opposed to the project. The report also found that Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound is environmentally and economically superior to the alternative sites that were studied and that Cape Wind will provide a needed supply of electricity and improve electric diversification and reliability.
This MMS DEIS comes three years after the former Federal lead reviewing agency, the US Army Corps of Engineers issued their comprehensive review of Cape Wind that also found significant public benefits and few negative impacts. In 2005, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board approved Cape Wind’s application after a 33-month review, finding the project would provide needed power, reduce energy costs by $25 million dollars per year and provide significant air quality benefits for New England.
“With news of $100 / barrel oil, urgent calls from scientists to take action on climate change and with the public’s desire for greater energy independence and new jobs, this report couldn’t come at a more important moment. The release of this report will move Cape Wind forward and help establish Massachusetts as a world leader in offshore renewable energy,” said Cape Wind President Jim Gordon.