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Feds OK Cape Wind project
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 18:27

From C/Net news

Interior Secretary Kenneth Salazar on Wednesday approved the controversial Cape Wind project, paving the way for the first offshore wind farm in the U.S.

Salazar announced the federal go-ahead in Boston at the Massachusetts State House as he stood next to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Patrick is a supporter of the project, which has been in development for nine years.

The decision means that Cape Wind can move ahead with its plan to erect 130 wind turbines, which would stand 400 feet above the seabed in Nantucket Sound, an area south of Cape Cod and north of Martha's Vineyard and the Nantucket islands. Cape Wind hopes to begin construction in about a year and have the turbines operating by 2013. The turbines, which will be five miles from shore at the closest point, would supply about 75 percent of the electricity needs of Cape Cod.

At the press conference, Salazar announced modifications designed to minimize the visual impact and address concerns over preservation of the historic region in Nantucket Sound. The size of the project will be scaled down to 130 turbines from 170 and the developers will need to do additional marine archaeological surveys on the Horseshoe Shoal. These and other "common sense" measures will strike a balance between the country's push for clean energy and the need for historic preservation, he said.


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