Cape Cod Wind Project Gets One Step Closer
The controversy-ridden 130-turbine wind farm planned for Nantucket Sound may have a customer for the electricity it would generate: New England’s biggest utility, National Grid USA, has announced it will negotiate to buy Cape Wind’s future electricity. If a deal is made, that could help convince investors to back the $1-billion project.
The offshore wind farm has been in the works for eight years now, but it must have a construction agreement by next year, and be operational by 2012, to be eligible for stimulus funds, which could offset 30 percent of the project’s costs.
Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick supports the wind farm, but the project’s opponents – including the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, some Native American groups, and Senator Paul G. Kirk (D-MA) – continue to say it will threaten the environment and its electricity will be too expensive.
– Suzanne Bopp