As the first shallow water offshore project under review in the United States, utility-scale projects like Cape Wind are important to our national interest and a critical first step to building a domestic, globally competitive wind industry. Success in the project could also lay the foundation for a focused national investment to develop offshore wind technology in the coming years.
-- David Garman, U.S. Undersecretary of Energy
Support for Cape Wind
Greenpeace vessel Artic Sunrise visits Nantucket Sound to support Cape Wind.
Cape Wind enjoys strong public and stakeholder support at a level unprecedented for any electric generation project in the history of New England. Cape Wind officials have worked hard since the project was first proposed in 2001 to help educate and inform the public about the project. Cape Wind has worked closely with a variety of stakeholder groups including the news media and we have given over 500 public presentations.
In a poll conducted in September, 2010, the Boston Globe found 69% of Massachusetts residents support Cape Wind while only 20% oppose it.
In December, 2009, the University of Delaware published the results of a public opinion survey of residents on Cape Cod and the Islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The survey methodology received an excellent review from an independent polling expert that was contacted by the Cape Cod Times. The survey found that Cape Wind is supported by 57% of the residents of the Cape and Islands and support outnumbers opposition in that region by a margin of 16%.
New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Springfield Republican, Berkshire Eagle, MetroWest Daily News, Providence Journal, Hartford Courant, Falmouth Enterprise, Cape Cod Today
Cape & Islands based organizations
League of Women Voters Cape Cod Area
Cape & Islands Self Reliance
Cape Clean Air
Bareboat Sailing Charters
Labor, Business, Civic & Religious Organizations
Academic and Scientific Leaders & Authors
- Dr. George Woodwell, Global Climate Expert
- Bill McKibben, author of "The End of Nature"
- Ross Gelbspan, author of "The Heat is On"
- Annie Dillard, author of "Pilgrim at Tinker Creek"
- David Gessner, author of "My Green Manifesto"
- Lester R. Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute
- Dr. Eric Chivian, Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School and winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize
- Dr. Helen Caldicott, Pediatrician and founder of Physicians for Social Responsibility
- William Shutkin, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Dr. James Manwell, Renewable Energy Resource Laboratory, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Dr. Richard Payne, Oceanographer Emeritus, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
- Susan Tierney, Former Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs and Former Assistant Secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Energy
- Jane Mead, Former Project Review Coordinator for the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management
- Arthur Puglsey, Former Senior Environmental Analyst with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs
- Jay Wickersham, Former Massachusetts Assistant Secretary of Environmental Affairs and Former Director of the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office
- John DeVillars, former New England Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
College and University Organizations
- Brown University Environmental Action Network
- Harvard University Environmental Action Committee
- Columbia University Earth Coalition
- Northeastern Students for Environmental Action
- Tufts Environmental Consciousness Outreach
- Ecopledge of Boston College
- Boston College Environmental Action Coalition
- Colgate University's Students for Environmental Action
- Boston University's Environmental Student Organization
- Constructive Activists' Club of Unity College, Maine
- University of Pennsylvania Environmental Group
- University of Rhode Island Renewable Energy Club
- Pennsylvania State Environmental Society
- Providence College Environmental Club
Representatives from towns where EMI has previously developed power projects have written letters of support that focus on the community’s experience in working with EMI.
William Enos, Rhode Island State Senator, District 47
Robert C. Welch, Town Manager, Rumford, Maine Our Supporters :: Project Supporters