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Cape Wind Offshore Wind Project

Cape Wind—the wind power project proposed off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts—received federal approval in April 2010, marking the first offshore wind farm to reach that stage.  The project will include 130 turbines on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound with a capacity of up to 468 megawatts of clean, renewable energy, producing enough energy on average to meet almost three-quarters of the demand on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket Island.  While the Union of Concerned Scientists normally does not weigh in on specific proposals for new renewable energy facilities, we believe that Cape Wind has tremendous precedent-setting potential for the United States.

UCS's position is that wind projects should be allowed to proceed unless rigorous review and study shows significant environmental impacts that cannot be mitigated and that outweigh project benefits. In the case of Cape Wind, the lengthy environmental review of the project strongly suggests that the benefits will significantly outweigh any impacts.  We believe that with proper siting, careful design, comprehensive study, monitoring, and mitigation, Cape Wind and other wind projects can and should play a significant role in the Northeast region's electricity system.

Below are links to UCS comments, testimony, and other materials related to the Cape Wind permitting process.


 April 28, 2010

Favorable Cape Wind Decision Paves Way for American Clean Energy Development

 April 8, 2008

UCS Comments on the MMS Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)

 March 13, 2008

UCS Testimony on the MMS DEIS at the Boston Hearing

 March 10, 2008

UCS Testimony on the MMS DEIS at the West Yarmouth Hearing

 January 11, 2008

Press Release: Interior Department Releases Study on Cape Wind's Environmental Footprint

 September 6, 2007

UCS Comments to the Cape Cod Commission 
 March 22, 2007 UCS Comments on the Massachusetts Final Environmental Impact Report
 February 24, 2005 Press Release: Environmental Groups Weigh in on Cape Wind Draft Environmental Impact Statement (pdf)
 February 24, 2005 UCS Comments on the Army Corps of Engineers Draft Environmental Impact Statement
 December 16, 2004 UCS Testimony on the Army Corps of Engineers Draft Environmental Impact Statement
 October 6, 2004 Press Release: Environmental Groups Demand Cape Wind Impact Statement (pdf)
 October 5, 2004 Freedom of Information Act Request
 Fall 2002

Turning Offshore Power On - Catalyst



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