Cape Wind Articles

Amendment threatens offshore wind project

The nation's most-advanced offshore wind proposal may be stymied by language in the Coast Guard Reauthorization bill, now in conference committee, the project's head says.

The amendment shifting the offshore wind turbines to at least 1.5 miles from any shipping channels would prevent the project situated in the Nantucket Sound from being economically viable, said Jim Gordon, president of the Cape Wind project.

Read the full article in United Press International

Osterville billionaire oil man behind stealth move to stop the wind farm

Did Bill Koch supply the extra $60,000 to destroy the entire renewable wind power industry

Is Oyster Harbors' Coal and Oil Billionaire Bill Koch hiding a $60,000 lobbying expenditure to get Don Young’s Amendment in the Coast Guard Bill?

It certainly appears that way, looking at some newly released Lobbying Disclosure forms which link the head of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound to this stealth move.

It’s a convoluted tale to tell, apparently purposefully so.

Hill Action Could Kill Planned Wind Farm, Backers Say

Supporters said that the move to stop the project was particularly galling in light of President Bush's recent push for the development of alternative and renewable energy sources such as wind.

"This is sort of backdoor politics at its worst, for the worst possible reasons," said Nathanael Greene, a senior policy analyst at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Read the full story in the Washington Post

More turning to wind power as alternative

Skyrocketing oil prices and the need to end foreign energy dependence have some states, communities, and even homeowners turning to wind power as an alternative.

"We have definitely noticed an upswing since the price of natural gas started spiking sometime in the fall," said Tom Gray, deputy executive director of the American Wind Energy Association. "We are currently importing a lot of oil but we are also importing natural gas ... so using a domestic source helps to save natural gas." Wind energy is the world's fastest-growing energy technology, the Department of Energy says.

U.S. Government Encourages Renewables on Outer Continental Shelf

WASHINGTON, DC, January 2, 2006 (ENS) - Development of wind, wave, current and solar power projects on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf is now being structured by the federal government agency with oversight of oil and gas development.

The Minerals Management Service (MMS), part of the Department of the Interior, was empowered by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to assume authority for renewable energy projects, such as wave, wind or solar power on offshore lands.

Capitol Hill weighing tighter limits on wind farms

In yet another congressional maneuver that could kill a wind farm proposed off Cape Cod, a conference committee is considering language that would prohibit wind turbines within 1.5 miles of shipping and ferry lanes.

The language is being circulated as part of an $8.7 billion Coast Guard authorization bill now in conference committee.

The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

On November 29, 2005 the PBS show, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer aired an eight minute segment on Cape Wind. 

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