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Orleans, MA. Is the wind turbine project proposed for the watershed to provide electricity to the iron and manganese plant in danger? According to board of water commissioners chairman Kenneth McKusick, the answer is yes.
It could be a boost for the Cape Wind project in Nantucket Sound.
The proposal, Isaksen said, made her think of battles to keep out a landfill and sewage treatment plant. And now here comes Jay M. Cashman, a prominent Boston developer, with his plans to build 120 wind turbines in the bay, each of which would rise 450 feet into the air, with some as close as 2 miles to shore
CBS4 has learned wind turbines are not allowed in Buzzards Bay because its considered a state sanctuary.
The Buzzards Bay proposal, which was first reported Tuesday by The Standard-Times of New Bedford, would dramatically alter the appearance of the ecologically sensitive waterway.
That proposal already has defined the Cape region as a battleground in the national debate over future energy sources.
With proper oversight and operation, nuclear plants have been as safe as any other, and are infinitely cleaner and less polluting.
The proposed sites are about three to four miles off the coast of Sconticut Neck in Fairhaven, Barneys Joy in Dartmouth and Naushon Island, one of the Elizabeth Islands. An estimated 30 to 40 turbines would be erected at each of the three sites.
Delahunt wants to allow local towns to volunteer their shorelines for test facilities for offshore energy projects - such as wind and wave energy - if conditions are right and there is public support.
When you consider the costs and risks of an offshore wind farm, and the fact that New England does not need more power, the project becomes nonsensical, a giant boondoggle for the benefit of one developer.
WASHINGTON, DC -- When the Minerals Management Service of the US Department of Interior kicked off its national scoping process for "Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Renewable Energy and Alternative Use" on Thursday, May 18, the Cape Wind controversy immediately moved to center stage.
Why some residents of Cape Cod refuse to plug in to offshore wind-energy project
Maine's largest energy provider is forecasting record-breaking electricity use this summer, as well as a need for additional supply lines to feed an ever-increasing demand. But a solution planned by ISO New England -- which manages electricity distribution in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont -- is being met with skepticism by Maine officials, who question the proposal's need and fairness.
The Sierra Club will announce its conditional support today for the Nantucket Sound wind farm, saying it would provide clean energy without posing a significant threat to wildlife habitat or birds.
Yarmouth Selectman William Marasco successfully requested that the town look into recent comments by Cape Wind Associates, the would-be-developer of a wind farm in Nantucket Sound.
''What has created quite a lot of angst is the second one in Hull," said John Tzimorangas, general manager of the town's light plant, who said interest has been revived in alternative energy recently. ''Hull Two is a very good-looking turbine for what you want it to do, but when the project was approved, folks around Hingham Harbor were not pleased, because it does impede the view across the harbor. My guess is [that windmill] will make it a hair harder" to get support for a similar project in Hingham.
Someday the waters off Cape Cod could be a giant ocean laboratory with zones earmarked for renewable energy research. Certain sections of state and federal waters could boast state-of-the art wind turbines and the latest in wave energy technology. The research stations could be built by private, royalty-paying companies with the blessings of local governments.
Noted historian David McCullough, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his biographies of Harry Truman and John Adams, has for a second time lent his voice to opposition of a proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound.
BOSTON — When members of Sen. Edward Kennedy's staff gazed out the window of his downtown office shortly after noontime yesterday, they saw a unique protest on the red bricks below: About 30 Cape Wind supporters gathered on rain-swept City Hall Plaza, standing in the shape of a wind turbine.
A proposal to ask LNR Property Construction to gauge wind speeds at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station by District 3 councilor Kenneth DiFazio got a breezy discussion by councilors before it approved the request by an 8-3 vote on Monday.