Cape Wind Deflects Alliance Call for Delay

In an order released last week, the Massachusetts Energy Facility Siting Board denied the request of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound to delay the ongoing review of the permit application of Cape Wind Associates. The Siting Board is reviewing the portion of the project located within Massachusetts, which consists of a transmission line to the proposed offshore wind farm.

Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts – June 10, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The Alliance sought a suspension of the established review schedule based upon the claim that it lacked sufficient information to prepare its filings to the Board in a timely manner. In rejecting the Alliance’s request, the order noted that Cape Wind had provided “sufficient information” and required the Alliance to submit any direct case within the next two weeks, said Cape Wind. “The Alliance has repeatedly tried to block and delay the environmental review process,” said Jim Gordon, Cape Wind’s president. “Unlike the Alliance, we welcome the consideration of this project on the merits. We want the review to proceed in a fair and expeditious manner.” The Cape Wind project is also undergoing a comprehensive environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act, in which seventeen additional Federal and State agencies are reviewing the potential impacts and benefits of the project. When completed, Cape Wind said their wind farm will provide up to 420 MW of renewable energy, offset more than one million tons of greenhouse gases per year, and lessen dependency on foreign fuel sources.

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