Nation’s first offshore wind project is approved
This really does represent a major step forward for renewable energy in general and wind power in particular. Like all energy projects, this has been controversial. Some of the concerns are on solid ecological footing. For example, what will the effects be on the marine life in and around Nantucket Sound? Others are more subjective, but still valid. Some people consider giant wind turbines an “eyesore.” Given the real need for renewable, non-carbon emitting energy sources, however, I’d choose the windmills. I’d like to know what readers think about this.
The federal government today approved the first-ever utility-scale U.S. offshore wind energy facility in Nantucket Sound, a decision that the Natural Resources Defense Council said paves the way for other facilities to get off the ground nationwide.
Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today gave the Cape Wind facility off of Cape Cod a federal green light after a nine-year review process, much longer than a traditional coal power plant is typically reviewed. NRDC has participated in this process every step of the way, both advocating for the project to move forward and ensuring any potential impacts on the ocean environment will be minimized and mitigated.