Wind Data Tower Construction Begins

Despite the ongoing contention surrounding the proposed Cape Wind Associates (CWA) wind farm, a large tug boat towing a barge arrived at the designated location on Horseshoe Shoal at sunrise Thursday morning to begin work on assembling and erecting Cape Wind’s scientific data tower.

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts – October 25, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] This comes less than two weeks after, a U.S Federal District Court Judge denied an opposition group’s formal motion for a preliminary restraining order that would have blocked the construction of the tower. The group, which consisted of four plaintiffs including a yachting organization, a citizens group, a fisherman and a marine trades group, questioned the authority of the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) in issuing the permit to CWA. The barge contains tower components and instruments which have been under construction for months by local contractors including AGM of Mashpee, Woods Hole Group of Falmouth, Environmental Science Services of Sandwich, and Hyannis Steel of Hyannis. AGM marine constructors are performing the assembly work on the barge which is expected to take two working weeks to complete. With weather delays, work could take longer. The scientific data tower will collect essential meteorological and oceanographic data including wind and wave information and will be shared with academic and research institutions. Numerous scientific and engineering studies are being carried out by Cape Wind on Nantucket Sound to provide permitting authorities with more information for their ongoing permitting reviews including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review at the federal level, and the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review at the state level. The structure, estimated to cost Cape Wind Associates US$2 million to build, erect and operate, is located approximately 11 miles off Cape Cod. The Cape Wind project proposal to build America’s first offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound would provide, on average, half of the electricity used on Cape Cod and the Islands.

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