Cape Wind Energy Project - U.S. Approves First Offshore Wind Farm

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U.S. Approves First Offshore Wind Farm
VOA - Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

The U.S. government has approved a controversial plan to build the country's first ocean wind farm in a picturesque bay off its northeast coast.

U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar said Tuesday construction of the Cape Wind Energy Project could begin as early as this fall in Nantucket Sound off the coast of the state of Massachusetts

The wind farm plan includes 130 wind turbine generators, each with a maximum blade height of 134 meters. The German company Siemens will build the turbines.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said the plan puts the U.S. “one step closer” to benefiting from green jobs, clean energy and the long-term economic advantages resulting from the nation's first offshore wind farm.

The plan has sparked controversy among those who visit or live on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island, all exclusive vacation destinations in Massachusetts. Nearly a dozen lawsuits have been filed against the plan.

Salazar said Tuesday the government has taken “extraordinary steps” to evaluate the wind farm's potential impact on the region's environmental and cultural resources.

U.S. Approves First Offshore Wind Farm
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