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
Cape Cod Decision Sought This Year, Salazar Says Tuesday, November 03, 2009
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said his department will “hopefully” decide by the end of the year whether to approve plans for what may be the nation’s first offshore wind farm along the coast of Massachusetts.
The Interior Department is working toward an “expeditious conclusion” of the approvals needed for Cape Wind in Nantucket Sound, Salazar said today. “We’ll have a final decision to be made hopefully by the end of this year,” he said, speaking to reporters after hosting a conference at the White House on renewable energy.
...“We would like nothing more than for Secretary Salazar or perhaps even President Obama himself to be able to announce Cape Wind’s approval at that climate change conference in Copenhagen in December,” said [Cape Wind Communications Director Mark] Rodgers.
Approval from the U.S. by the end of the year means the project “could be completed and producing power by the end of Obama’s first-term” in 2012, he said.