From the Union of Concerned Scientists: Setting the Precedent for Clean Energy
Setting the Precedent for Clean Energy
Carefully-sited offshore wind power can make a critical contribution to reducing global warming pollution and cleaning up our nation’s energy supply. As America’s first offshore wind farm, Cape Wind would generate the equivalent of 75 percent of Cape Cod’s energy and would set an important precedent for the future of clean energy development in this country. More than seven years’ worth of state and federal assessments have found that Cape Wind would have overwhelmingly positive environmental effects. Now it needs to clear one last hurdle, a favorable ruling by the Department of Interior. Please urge Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to let Cape Wind finally be installed.
Cape Wind—the wind power project proposed off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts--would comprise 130 turbines on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound with a capacity of up to 454 megawatts of clean, renewable energy, producing enough energy on average to meet almost three-quarters of the demand on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket Island. While the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) normally does not weigh in on specific proposals for new renewable energy facilities, we believe that Cape Wind—the wind power project proposed off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts—has tremendous precedent-setting potential for the United States.
UCS's position is that Cape Wind and other wind projects should be built unless rigorous review and study shows significant environmental impacts that cannot be mitigated and that outweigh project benefits. We believe that with proper siting, careful design, comprehensive study, monitoring, and mitigation, wind power can and should play a significant role in the Northeast region's electricity system. We have been encouraged by the findings so far of the Cape Wind project’s environmental impact review process.
Please go here to urge Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to let Cape Wind finally be installed.