Cape Wind’s Data Tower Fully Operational

After almost a year of engineering and construction, Cape Wind’s Scientific Data Monitoring Tower on Horseshoe Shoal is fully operational.

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts – May 23, 2003 [] “Today marks an important milestone in our effort to produce clean energy and reduce our dependence on foreign oil,” said Cape Wind President Jim Gordon. The data tower monitors important meteorological information such as wind speed, wind direction, wave heights and currents. Cape Wind is planning on making this data available, in real-time, on its Web site within the next 30 days, to provide crucial weather information to local boaters and fishermen. “We are keenly interested in the process of gathering high-quality environmental data from the Horseshoe Shoal data tower,” said David G. Aubrey, CEO of Woods Hole Group. “The availability of accurate, state-of-the-art, real-time data on winds, currents, and waves will help not only the long-term decision process for site permitting and engineering, but also will provide data of value to scientists, engineers, students and managers in New England.” The US$2 million dollar data tower is the product of teams working for several local companies including AGM Marine of Mashpee, Woods Hole Group of Falmouth, Cape and Islands Steel of Hyannis, Environmental Science Services of Sandwich, and Patriot Party Boats of Falmouth. “To date, the successful permitting and installation of the Cape Wind data tower has been an important milestone. The data tower provides wind, wave, current and tide data for Nantucket Sound that was previously unavailable,” said Charles Natale, President of Environmental Science Services. “It will also provide valuable scientific data that can be used to support other evaluations of environmental and oceanographic conditions in Nantucket Sound.” According to Cape Wind, the offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal would provide three-quarters of the electricity used on Cape Cod and the Islands. “The benefits of Renewable Energy in the long run could be great and the wind turbines might improve fishing the same way other structures in the water have improved fishing,” said Jim Tietje, owner of Patriot Party boats. “Cape Wind is trying to be a good neighbor right from the start by using local businesses to construct the data tower.”
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