Tag Archives: Cape Wind

As US’ first offshore wind farm takes root, study indicates wind may be more powerful, turbulent than expected

deepwaterwindbiwf_0University of Delaware researchers report in a new study that offshore wind may be more powerful, yet more turbulent than expected in the North Eastern United States. The findings, published in a paper in theJournal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, could have important implications for the future development of offshore wind farms in the U.S., including the assessment of how much wind power can be produced, what type of turbines should be used, how many turbines should be installed and the spacing between each. The paper’s main finding is that atmospheric conditions around Cape Wind are predominantly turbulent, or unstable, which is in stark contrast to prevailing data from European offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea and the North Sea. “By contrast, our study found that wind conditions at Cape Wind are unstable between 40 and 80 percent of the time, depending on season and time of day,” Read the story here 20:55

Cape Wind Project: A Tale of Crony Environmentalism (Part 2) Did Mass Audubon Sell its Soul to the Wind Industry?

Crony-EnvironmentalismAs an environmentalist and bird lover, it gives me no pleasure to criticize the largest conservation organization in New England; an organization of which I am a member. Personal conflict aside, it seems apparent that Massachusetts Audubon Society’s support for a massive industrial project threatens thousands of birds a year.,, Case in point: Cape Wind poses a serious threat to marine mammals, yet is one of their biggest cheerleaders. Cape Wind Project: A Tale of Crony Environmentalism Read part 1 here,   Read part 2 here 15:51

Cape Wind ending Quonset lease option

cape-wind-power-farm-b1Sources confirmed Friday that Cape Wind Associates LLC has ended payments and an existing lease agreement option with Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown. Ending the agreement option marks another sign of an ailing wind farm company, as Cape Wind took a major blow earlier this month after losing two significant electricity contracts. Read the rest here 09:13

Cape Wind project is dealt a major setback. NSTAR Pulls the Plug!

NSTAR, a Northeast Utilities subsidiary, informed Cape Wind officials of its decision late Tuesday, officials said. “Unfortunately, Cape Wind has ,” Northeast Utilities spokeswoman Caroline Pretyman said in an email. “Additionally, Cape Wind has chosen not to exercise their right to post financial security in order to extend the contract deadlines. Therefore the contract is now terminated.” Read the rest here 20:38

Is Cape Wind Dead? Leading Constitutional Law Expert: Expensive Cape Wind Power Contract “Forced Down NSTAR’s Throat”

tweedledee beenie duval“The Settlement Agreement between NSTAR, the Department of Energy Resources and Cape Wind makes it crystal clear that the only reason NSTAR agreed to buy Cape Wind power was to secure the Department’s support for the NSTAR-Northeast Utilities merger,” said Tribe. “If that merger fell through, then NSTAR was relieved of its obligation to purchase electricity from Cape Wind.” Read the rest here 13:55

Time to unplug Cape Wind

I read with interest the report on the Fishermen’s Association (Sept. 4, “Two Island fishermen’s groups steer different courses”). It has served its purpose it seems by relinquishing and reversing the opinion of the fishermen to protect Horseshoe Shoal for fish, namely fluke and flounder, and take the promised $1.25 million. 10:43

FEDERAL COURT DECISION ON CAPE WIND NSTAR CONTRACT “GRAVELY FLAWED”

tweedledee beenie duvalwogangsterumdieeckeknallen-hauptfoto“DOER … saw NSTAR’s merger application as an opportunity to accomplish through backroom strong-arming what Massachusetts was not lawfully permitted to do openly and directly: to compel NSTAR to enter a contract procuring electricity from Cape Wind at a price high enough to allow Cape Wind to build,” according to the brief. Read more here  19:27

Massachusetts: “Hey ! your going the wrong way.” Renewable Energy Failures Mount, While in RI,,,

wogangsterumdieeckeknallen-hauptfotoRemember Governor Patrick (the guy fighting Commerce for Fish Aid?) wanted the Massachusetts taxpayers to build the 91 million dollar “ship to no where” in 2010? Governor Patrick proposed a specialized “jack up” vessel for installing offshore wind farms. Who exactly is determining the direction of spending hundreds of millions of Massachusetts taxpayer dollars on ocean wind turbine projects ? You’ve gotta Read more here! 19:21

Deepwater Wind critic alleges mishandling of public hearings   The complaint filed on July 11 centers on Shields’ testimony at a CRMC subcommittee hearing on Feb. 27, when he alleges the subcommittee members prevented him and two other individuals from testifying on the potential negative economic impact of the wind farm, while proponents of Deepwater Wind were allowed to comment on project costs and economics without interruption. 20:40

Appeal challenges federal court decision of Cape Wind’s NSTAR contract

tweedledee beenie duvalIn an appeal of a federal court decision which dismissed a multi-party challenge of Cape Wind’s high priced contract with NSTAR, Laurence Tribe, an expert in constitutional law, will argue that the decision by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns favors Massachusetts regulators, NSTAR and Cape Wind and seriously misinterprets the Constitution’s Eleventh Amendment in dismissing the case brought forth by the Alliance, the Town of Barnstable and a group of local businesses and residents. Read more here 17:31

New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal: Dirty Little Secret

tweedledee beenie duvalWhile researching the latest Cape Wind story and the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. I get the sense that the Patrick administration sold the Legislature on the NB terminal using Cape Wind.,, The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will not comment on any finances with the ongoing terminal project. Generally when state officials refuse comment on finances the projects are financially out of control. Read more here, and learn just who is Sally Reynolds! 11:55

Whitfield Responds to Obama’s Latest “Green Energy” Gamble

“We’ve seen time and time again this administration provide billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money for green energy projects that have failed, leaving taxpayers on the hook.  I have a number of concerns with this administration’s reckless decision to back Cape Wind,” Read more here 18:36

The Morons at NMFS, US Fish and Wildlife, Rubber Stamp Cape Wind

A day after the U.S. Department of Energy conditionally approved a $150 million loan for Cape Wind, two other federal agencies on Wednesday filed required paperwork that seemingly gives the project’s developer another in a string of legal victories. Read more here 06:20

Cape Wind farm opponents fight lawsuit dismissal

The lawsuit, which is the latest in a string of failed challenges to the project, claimed state regulators’ approval of an above-market contract to sell power from the project to NStar, which delivers power to Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and other parts of the state, violated two clauses of the U.S. Constitution: the Commerce Clause and the Supremacy Clause. Read more here  08:00

Ed Markey, lawmakers rake in Cape Wind dollars “It just doesn’t smell right,”

050213Gomezsc011.JPGCape Wind executives and lobbyists have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars since last year into the campaign coffers of key lawmakers — including more than $50,000 to U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey — as developers of the controversial offshore wind farm seek nearly $1.3 billion in federal cash and loan guarantees, a Herald review found. Read more here  09:29

Cape Wind blows past another legal challenge

The Anti Fish

BOSTON — A federal judge has dismissed the latest efforts by opponents to derail a proposed offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound. “There comes a point at which the right to litigate can become a vexatious abuse of the democratic process. For that reason, I have dealt with this matter as expeditiously as possible,” Stearns wrote. Read more here 10:11

Cape Wind: The windy 10-year war

The state of Massachusetts, in its nutty devotion to wind-powered, ocean-based generating plants deployed, in cooperation with the federal government, in a strangling circle around the Vineyard, does not feel your pain. Indeed, the state’s aim is not only to conspire over the Cape Wind project, but to elbow aside valid economic and environmental concerns,,,mvtimes  Read more here  08:42

Cape Wind’s unlucky 13 years

But Cape Wind’s impacts extend far beyond the environment. The controversial project would also jeopardize public safety, put fishermen’s livelihoods at risk and desecrate sacred tribal lands. capecodonline  Read more here  11:11

British fisheries consultant urges ‘coexistence’ with offshore wind – They said we could co exist with the Red Coats, too!

Red CoatsHe said the best advice for the New Bedford fleet was to cooperate with the wind farm developers as early as possible in order to have a say in the process. His comments on the offshore wind industry were met with skepticism by some in the audience, like Jim Kendall, who said local offshore wind developers like Cape Wind had not been cooperating with the fishing industry. Good on you Jim Kendall! Read more here 12:53

Cape Wind falls short on too many promises

sct logoGiven Cape Wind’s promises to New Bedford, it’s no wonder that Matthew Morrissey from New Bedford’s Wind Energy Center is such an ardent supporter (“Guest View: Cape Wind opponents ignore too many facts,” March 26). Read more here  08:16

Is Cape Wind going forward?

Parker said the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound has around 30,000 supporters, who come from all income levels and social backgrounds. They are largely a grassroots organization that arose after Jim Gordon proposed to build a 25 square mile wind power plant, in public waters between mainland Cape Cod and the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, in 2001. Read more here  03:51

 

Court environmental victory is major setback for Cape Wind

Federal agencies violated Endangered Species Act and must go back to the drawing board to evaluate impacts and protection measures for birds and right whales. …The plaintiffs have long argued that Nantucket Sound is the wrong place for this project.  The court’s decision requires the federal government to go back to the drawing board to take the required hard look at the impacts that make Cape Wind’s proposal so harmful for the environment. Read more here  13:03

Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound: Cape Wind foes sue FAA over access to air traffic data

The primary opposition group fighting the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm has filed another related lawsuit, this time against the Federal Aviation Administration for not turning over documents that were part of a Freedom of Information Act request. Read more here   capecodonline  07:33

Bait and Switch, eco nut style by Wealth Foundation lackey Lew Milford – How the Right uses environmental law to kill American jobs?

Lew_Milford-Politics-Money_1No, that was not the title of the recent New York Times article about the Cape Wind offshore wind project. But it should have been. By Lew Milford , President of Clean Energy Group. Read more [email protected]  More of the same Pew/CLF hogwash.  12:52

New Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound Cape Wind lawsuit: Mass. exceeded its authority

sct logoThe suit alleges that state regulators exceeded their authority in setting wholesale rates for the contract in violation of both the Federal Power Act and the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution, which reserves that power for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Read [email protected]  10:12:29

Boston Herald Editorial: Tilting at … you know  – It’s a poorly kept secret that the Patrick administration engaged in a form of state-sanctioned extortion. Now the lawsuit will seek to prove that NStar was forced to agree to buy that expensive power from Cape Wind or risk having state regulators oppose the firm’s merger with Northeast Utilities.

No green light for Cape Wind – Cape offshore wind energy foes suffer setback

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday denied a petition by wind-farm opponents appealing the Federal Aviation Administration’s approval of the proposed Nantucket Sound project. “The Alliance to Protect Nantucket, the town of Barnstable and their financial backer — coal billionaire Bill Koch — have failed yet again in their continuing campaign to use the courts to delay the financing of Cape Wind,” company spokeswoman Mark Rodgers wrote in a statement about the decision.   Read [email protected]  08:56

Letter: Cape Wind’s Maine deal cuts Mass. short – Matthew A.M. Lash, National Electrical Contractors Association of Greater Boston

Over $100 million of high-road jobs are in the air — and they’re blowing north to Maine. After years of touting projected economic benefits to the commonwealth, Cape Wind and its turbine provider, Siemens, recently inked a $100 million-plus contract with Maine-based Cianbro Corp. to construct substantial elements of the offshore wind development planned for the Massachusetts coast. Read [email protected]  12:15

Cape Wind seals turbine deal – Trying to pass it off as “construction” Using your money to destroy Nantucket Sound.

Just days before an important deadline to qualify for crucial federal tax credits, Cape Wind has signed a deal with Siemens to build the project’s turbines and an electric service platform to convert its power for transmission. The contract formalizes an announcement three years ago that Siemens would build the 3.6-megawatt turbines for the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm but does little to mollify critics of the project, who argue it’s a desperate attempt to qualify for the tax incentives. Read [email protected]  08:57

First dose of Bull Bleep today: Cape Wind: Construction has begun – (Hey Stu! Manufacturing is not constructing! Until that first mono tube is driven,,,)

Construction has begun on the long-delayed Cape Wind project, according to a high-ranking executive with the company chosen to supply the turbines. But exactly what that means — whether it will qualify the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm for federal tax credits and whether the project will survive a slew of outstanding legal and financial challenges — is unclear. Markus Tacke, CEO of Siemens Energy’s wind power division, told Bloomberg News that construction on some of the components for the project has begun.  [email protected]  08:19

Nat Geo Shill’s for Cape Wind. They don’t mention the impact on fisheries. They foolishly believe it’s an aesthetics issue!

By now, 130 turbines were supposed to be turning above the shallow area of Nantucket Sound known as Horseshoe Shoal. But nothing is there to capture the power of December’s winds, except perhaps for the wings of the long-tailed ducks that winter around Cape Cod. On this side of the Atlantic, Cape Wind’s most vocal opponents included the late Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy and his nephew, environmental lawyer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. From the opposite side of the political spectrum, billionaire businessman and Cape Cod denizen and yachtsman William Koch continues the battle, [email protected]  18:15

Cape Wind project faces Dec. 31 deadline

BOSTON (AP) — As it seeks investors, a project off the Massachusetts coast that aims to be the nation’s first offshore wind farm must reach fast-approaching benchmarks or risk missing out on hundreds of millions in critical funding. To qualify for a tax credit that would cover a major portion of its capital costs, Cape Wind either must begin construction by Dec. 31 or prove it’s incurred tens of millions of dollars in costs by then. Also, a $200 million investment — the only one of a specific dollar amount Cape Wind has announced — is conditioned on whether developers can fully finance the rest of the project by year’s end. [email protected] 20:35