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by Kevin Maddaford on 01/23/2009
The Cape Wind offshore wind farm project gets a boost towards construction.
A new report issued by the Minerals Management Service (MMS), the agency in charge of offshore energy projects, gives a favorable assessment of Cape Wind's environmental and economical impacts, which should help the project advance in the permitting process. The report found that the proposed site is superior to alternatives and that the project would reduce air pollution, create jobs and not raise energy prices.
MMS will decide on granting Cape Wind a lease within 30 days. The majority of Massachusetts residents support the project, and the Army Corps of Engineers also issued a favorable environmental impact study in 2004.
You can read more about this development in North American Wind Power here.
Offshore wind will play an important role in our future energy production. Offshore winds are stronger and more consistent, and using ships allows for the transportation of larger wind turbines so a project can generate more power with fewer units. But it is important that it be done correctly, especially for a precedent-setting maiden project, so I applaud the thoroughness of the studies. I hope Cape Wind is constructed and that it serves as a good example for future offshore projects around the country. ~ Kevin
Kevin Maddaford is Associate of Customer Service and Resource Development for Renewable Choice.