The proposed 130-turbine wind farm off the coast of Nantucket Sound in Massachusetts, earned a victory today when the federal agency that oversees it released a favorable environmental impact statement. Cape Wind, which has been under review since 2001, has faced some resistance from opponents who say it may cause radar interference to boats and planes, hurt wildlife and hinder the ocean views from Cape Cod. Opponents including Senator Edward Kennedy have sued to stop the project.
However, today was a big step for Cape Wind, whose plan is to place the towers about five miles off the shore and provide three-quarters of the Cape and Islands’ electricity.
“We are going through the document now, and it does appear to be a favorable document,” said Mark Rodgers, communications director for Cape Wind.
Jim Gordon, Cape Wind’s president, said that construction could begin late this year, and that the wind farm could be producing electricity by the end of 2011.
Gordon said, “We think this wind farm is going to be embraced by the Cape Cod community, it’s going to be embraced by the nation and, most important, it has already encouraged other states to look at developing their own coastal wind resources.”