...Salazar announced no conclusions yesterday about the advisability of locating the wind farm in the scenic Sound, but his visit to the Wampanoag and the area underscores just how high-stakes the Cape Wind farm has become to the Obama administration, which is hoping to accelerate renewable energy efforts and show the world it is serious about fighting manmade climate change.
Cape Wind News
...the bulk of the opposition to Cape Wind over the years has come from a multimillion-dollar campaign backed by oil and gas money—not Native Americans trying to protect territory they regard as sacred.
The Obama administration signaled a sudden urgency yesterday to resolve the nine-year dispute over building a wind farm off Cape Cod, as US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced he would summon key parties to a meeting next week in hope of concluding the decision process within two months.
...The [U.S. Virgin] islands residents are outraged over the [petroleum coke burning] power plant proposal, and they are directing some of their ire at one of the most famous opponents to Cape Wind, Bill Koch. Mr. Koch owns a large waterfront home here on Oyster Harbors in Osterville and he has business interests on St.
Cape Wind may have turned a critical corner.
Yesterday, Governor Deval Patrick’s administration said the yet-to-be-built offshore wind farm has secured a long-term customer for its electricity: National Grid. It’s the kind of deal opponents had doubted the project could get.
“For Cape Wind, this is a tremendous step forward . . .
The administration of Governor Deval Patrick, in a sharp disagreement with Patrick’s handpicked Senate appointee, said yesterday that it would be a mistake for President Obama to grant US Senator Paul G. Kirk Jr.’s request to delay federal approval of the Cape Wind project.
In a letter to Obama earlier this month, Kirk, who has largely shied away from divisive issues during his two months in office, urged the Obama administration to hold off on a decision until a federal panel can devise comprehensive guidelines for development in the nation’s waters.
By: Yoni Cohen on November 17
Eight long years after Energy Management Inc. (EMI) began the permitting process for Cape Wind, its proposed billion-dollar wind farm offshore from Cape Cod, the Massachusetts project may be in sight of final approval. In early November, United States Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that he hoped his agency would make a final decision on Cape Wind by the end of the year.
Attorney General Martha Coakley appreciates the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's love for Nantucket Sound. But, as for his vision of its future, that's not a view she shares.
Despite Kennedy's opposition, Coakley, who is running for the Senate seat formerly held by Kennedy, counts herself as a strong supporter of the Nantucket Sound wind farm, proposed to stand about six miles off the coast from Kennedy's Hyannisport home. "I don't blame him for (opposing the project)," Coakley said yesterday in an editorial board meeting with the Cape Cod Times.
...For the state, which controls fisheries in the federal waters of the Sound, a potential traditional cultural property designation raises serious concerns, said Lisa Capone, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.
A designation "would result in additional regulatory constraints for long-standing commercial activities such as fishing and navigation, as well as further delays for the nation's first offshore wind farm which has undergone eight years of environmental review," Capone said.
Anything that affects the Sound would be subje