Massachusetts receives favorable find for Nantucket Sound wind farm

Posted by Rick C. Hodgin


Nantucket Sound (MA) - The U.S. Minerals Management Service has issued a favorable "Final Environmental Impact Study" (FEIS) for a wind farm project in Nantucket Sound, called the Cape Wind project.





When completed, the Cape Wind project will be a 420 megawatt facility comprised of 130 separate wind turbines servicing approximately 60,000 homes and small businesses. It will be built in Nantucket Sound, which is just off the coast of Cape Code in Massachusetts.



According to Greenpeace, the reduction in carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels would be the equivalent of 100 million fewer gallons of oil burned every year - the equivalent of 200,000 cars driving the national average of about 10,000 miles per year (assuming 20 mpg average).



Kate Smolski, a Greenpeace "global warming campaigner," had this to say, "Approval of Cape Wind represents the dawn of an energy revolution in Massachusetts and the nation. With new administrations in both Washington and on Beacon Hill supportive of renewable energy, we believe Cape Wind signals the beginning of a new national commitment to safe, clean and renewable energy."



Greenpeace believes more than 1,000 "green jobs" could be created to support the Cape Wind project.



See the Greenpeace press release.