Boston, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Cape Wind completed its State and Local permitting process with a unanimous vote of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board to grant Cape Wind a “Certificate of Environmental Impact and Public Interest” that rolls up all state and local permits and approvals into one “composite certificate.”
“Today’s vote marks not just a successful conclusion to a seven-year state regulatory review of the Cape Wind project but the beginning of a new era of clean energy jobs and renewable power from the endless wind resources off our shore,” said Jim Gordon, Cape Wind’s president.
Completion of the federal permitting process for Cape Wind is expected soon when U.S. Secretary Ken Salazar issues a Record of Decision on Cape Wind. The Minerals Management Service of the U.S. Department of Interior issued Cape Wind a favorable Final Environmental Impact Statement in January. Two independent public opinion polls have found statewide support for Cape Wind to be 86%.