Cape Wind - First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm - Approved
On April 28, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar approved the 130-turbine, 420-megawatt offshore wind energy project called Cape Wind. The massive Cape Wind project is the first of its kind in the U.S. and has taken almost a decade of delays and legal-battles to come to fruition.
Designed by German conglomerate Siemens AG, the Cape Wind turbines are expected to be more than 400 feet high and will be spread out over approximately 24 square miles in Horseshoe Shoal, Nantucket Sound. The wind farm itself will be built in federal waters and will be slightly visible along the horizon to area residents.
It is this visibility that has been one of the stumbling blocks that has delayed the project. The Cape Wind wind farm will be located between Cape Cod, the islands of Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket – all popular tourist and commercial fishing locations. Opponents have long cited this ‘eyesore’ effect as well as potential harm to whales and seabirds.
Supporters, including Greenpeace, counter that the Cape Wind wind farm will be safe, encourage many other renewable resource industries, and provide thousands of jobs for Americans. Equally important, Cape Wind is seen as a giant step forward in reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil and on fossil fuels in general.
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