Last week, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick stated that the state has "done its job" of reviewing Cape Wind, noting that the federal permitting process was "winding down." Finalizing a Certificate of Environmental Impact and Public Interest for the Cape Wind project on Nantucket Sound enables developers to move forward with construction, having satisfied their local and state permit requirements.
Unanimous approval by the State Energy Facilities Siting Board members, with minor modifications, coupled with the signature of the State Undersecretary of Energy, provides Cape Wind with the permit that they need to finally proceed. Therefore it appears as though Cape Wind is "ready to move forward. Soon, the Commonwealth will cement its position as the natural hub for the American offshore wind industry," says Massachusett's Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary.
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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has the ability to overturn this complex permit and it is important to note that Cape Wind will still need final approval from the United States Minerals Management Service in order to begin construction. However, this project, expected to generate approximately 400 megawatts of renewable energy from offshore wind, after seven years of local and environmental review is one step closer to raising the bar for domestically generating clean renewable energy.
NRDC has been actively engaged in advocating for the sustainable development and implementation of domestic renewable energy and is encouraged by this recent activity in Massachusetts. For more information or simulations of this project, please visit: http://www.capewind.org/article7.htm