This [Cape Wind project] is precisely the kind of renewable energy that pretty much every Earth Day speech since 1970 has demanded that we develop. Now that it's finally here, though--now that we're talking about particular windmills in particular places, not abstract and squeaky clean 'wind power'--people aren't so sure...But I've given my share of Earth Day speeches, and seen the effect they had. Sooner or later you've got to do something.
-- Bill McKibben, Author of The End of Nature
Cape Wind Moves Forward in Permitting Process Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30 - Today Massachusetts Secretary of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs Ian Bowles issued a Determination of Adequacy on Cape Wind’s Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR).
Cape Wind President Jim Gordon was pleased with the news, “The Agency’s favorable decision on Cape Wind reflects the fact that our economic and environmental future is best served by rising to the challenges of energy independence and climate change. Today’s decision brings Cape Wind and the benefits of new jobs, a healthier environment and greater energy security one step closer to the people of Massachusetts and the region.”
The FEIR responded to information requests that were part of the Certificate on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) and it also included responses to all other comments submitted on the DEIR.
If the project is approved it will establish Massachusetts as a worldwide leader in offshore renewable energy creating hundreds of new jobs and helping to catalyze new opportunities for the marine scientific, engineering and construction industries.
The Cape Wind Project was the first offshore wind energy project proposed in the United States and it is now the first such project to have a certified final environmental impact document.