Cape Cod Wind Farm Wins Key State Permit

"BOSTON -- A $1 billion proposal to build the first big U.S. offshore wind-power farm passed a key hurdle on Thursday by winning permit requirements in Massachusetts, where it faces opposition from some influential residents.

Cape Wind Associates LLC, a privately funded Boston-based energy company, has proposed constructing 130 wind turbines over 24 square miles (62 sq km) in Nantucket Sound, within view of the wealthy Cape Cod resort region of Massachusetts.

The project, designed to power about 400,000 homes, won unanimous approval by the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board in a 7-0 vote for a 'composite certificate' that combines nine state and local permits needed for the project.'"

Kevin McNicholas reports for Reuters May 21, 2009.

Source: Reuters, 05/22/2009