Cape Wind : First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm Proposed, Stirs up Controversy and Support

In early February, reported that Cape Wind Associates had applied to the Army Corps of Engineers to build more than 170 wind turbines in waters off the coast of Massachusetts on Horseshoe Shoals in Nantucket Sound. The proposal, the first of its kind in the United States, drew both positive and negative attention throughout the year. Groups were formed to oppose the installation and debate has been heavy – it was an interesting story to follow and is one that will surely continue in 2003. The recent installation of a data research tower by the company – a step many see as one toward ultimate approval of the project – is certain to stir up the pot even more.

Key related stories from 2002: Environmental Study Demanded for U.S. Offshore Windfarm – 2/11/2002> The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has requested that an Environmental Impact Statement be prepared for a proposal to operate the first offshore windfarm in the United States. Cape Wind Receives Permit for Offshore Structure – 8/20/2002 Cape Wind Associates has received approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to install a scientific monitoring station on Horseshoe Shoal, the site of its planned wind park off Cape Cod. Group Files Suit Against Wind Data Tower – 9/4/2002 The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound filed suit in Boston this week to stop the construction of a data-gathering tower rig in Nantucket Sound that will facilitate the development of the world’s largest industrial wind turbine complex in a 28-square-mile area of the Sound. Wind Data Tower Construction Begins – 10/25/2002 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.
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