Cape Wind Articles

Radar ornithology adds to wind farm data gathering

Copyright ©2002, The Martha’s Vineyard Times. Reprinted with permission.

By Matt Pelikan

Anyone visiting Cape Poge or boating in adjacent waters recently could hardly have missed the presence of a radar installation perched on the north-facing cliff near the Cape Poge lighthouse. No, it isn’t a high-tech attempt by derby fishermen to zero in on breaking bonito; rather, it’s an innovative effort to study bird activity over Nantucket Sound.

Wind farm test tower wins approval

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers this week gave Cape Wind Associates a green light to erect a single 197-foot-tall monitoring station in the shallows of Nantucket Sound. The permit grants the private energy company permission to build just a single structure for collecting wind and water data - information that will further aid in state and federal environmental review of a proposed offshore wind farm. But the would-be developer of what is potentially the first such farm in the United States interprets permission from the Army Corps as a monumental hurdle.

Cape Technology Council has questions for Cape Wind

The prospect tantalizes: energy plucked out of the winds that blow across Horseshoe Shoal six miles off Hyannis and used to reduce our dependence on globe-warming fossil fuels both foreign and domestic.

At Friday's Cape Cod Technology Council meeting at the Coonamessett Inn in Falmouth, the pros and cons of Cape Wind Associate's plan for a farm or park of 170 wind turbines were tossed back and forth by company president Jim Gordon and an interested audience. Read the full story in the Barnstable Patriot

Offshore harvest of wind is proposed for Cape Cod

Article on plan by Cape Wind Associates, joint venture between Energy Management Inc and Wind Management Inc, to build array of 170 slender turbines in Nantucket Sound that it says would generate nearly half of electrical supply for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket; critics say turbines would disturb birds, harm fisheries and scare away tourists; maps; graph; drawing; photo (M) If three wind-power proponents succeed, 170 slender turbines will one day appear in Nantucket Sound and, if the winds are right, generate nearly half the electrical supply for Cape Cod and the islands of Martha

Blowing Out to Sea: Offshore wind farms may finally reach the U.S.

With little alteration to the national power grid, the U.S. could quickly get at least 12 percent of its electricity from wind. Yet currently, wind generators supply only about 0.5 percent, in part because people don't want to live underneath the tall turbines. In Europe one solution to the people problem is to place the wind machines out at sea, where the winds are stronger anyway. Read the full story in Scientific American

New England's EMI plans 420 MW Nantucket wind farm

NEW YORK - New England energy trendsetter Energy Management Inc. (EMI) is developing one of the world's largest offshore wind farms in Massachusetts' Nantucket Sound, rivaling some of the North Sea projects off Denmark and Germany.

"We're developing America's first offshore wind farm five miles off the coast that will generate up to 420 megawatts (MW) of clean renewable energy," Jim Gordon, president of Energy Management and Cape Wind Associates LLC, told Reuters. Read the full story in Planet Ark