Oilprice.com submits: By Darrell DelamaideThe Obama administration approved the controversial Cape Wind project, which calls for a wind farm of 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound and will be the first offshore wind project in the country.Complete Story »
The US government on Tuesday approved a plan to build the country's first offshore wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, a popular Massachusetts holiday destination.Installation of 130, 3.6-megawatt wind turbine generators with blades of up to 440 feet (134 meters), built by German company Siemens, could begin in Nantucket Sound by the autumn, the Department of the Interior said in a statement announcing that the Cape Wind Project was finally going ahead.
America’s very first offshore wind turbine was erected last week off the coast of Rhode Island.
Construction on the five-turbine, $250 million project will finish this summer. When the wind farm starts generating power late this year, it will be the first to operate off the coast of the US.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will make the announcement Wednesday about the nation's first offshore wind farm, off Cape Cod, in Boston with Gov. Deval Patrick, a supporter of the project. A green light for the project would clear the way for a 130-turbine wind farm in Nantucket Sound.» E-Mail This » Add to Del.icio.us
The first US offshore wind farm project planned near the coast of Massachusetts won government approval Wednesday after nearly a decade of battles involving environmentalists, Indian tribes and others.Interior Secretary Ken Salazar gave the green light for the giant Cape Wind project in the scenic channel between Cape Cod and the resort islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket off the coast of the northeast US state.
It’s been called the “Saudi Arabia of wind” — not an oil-soaked desert, but a breezy lake on Ontario’s American border.
Now, an Ohio group is moving ahead with plans to harness Lake Erie’s strong gusts, in sharp contrast to neighbouring Ontario that slapped a moratorium on wind farms in all its Great Lakes amid a public backlash to the spectre of the highrise-sized turbines along its shorelines.