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Thursday, February 17, 2005
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Links and resources
• Regulators & studies- Draft Environmental Impact Statement (11/9/04)- State Environmental Secretary's decision to require an environmental impact report.- Ocean Management Task Force report on state waters.- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
• Proponents, opponents - Cape Wind Associates: Wants to build Nantucket Sound wind-power farm - Winergy LLC : Wants permits to build wind farms in 17 sites along the East Coast. - Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound: Primary opponents of Nantucket Sound wind farm - Clean Power Now: Grassroots citizens group for the Cape Wind project - Grassroots citizens group against the Cape Wind project
• Other resources - Wind over Water: Documentary about Nantucket Sound wind-power project
• World news archives - Guardian: Wind farms stall property values (Nov. 2004) - BBC: Plans for Suffolk wind farm on display (Oct. 2004) - BBC: Britons 'in favour of wind farms' (Sept. 2004) - AP: Vt. protest over state wind policy (Aug. 2004) - Guardian: Britain's wind rush splits Greens (May 2004) - AP: Vt. utility still seeks 27-turbine project (May 2004) - AP: LI utility seeks turbines off Jones Beach (May 2004) - BBC: Turbine power boost for Denmark (March 2004) - AP: Forest Service vetoes swap for project (March 2004) - AP: Berkshire wind farm contested (March 2004) - AP: Sides form over Glebe Mt., Vt. project (Feb. 2004) - AP: Vt. groups seek wind moratorium (Jan. 2004) - AP: Wind power co. files plans for Me. peak (Jan. 2004) - BBC: Britain unveils plans for offshore wind farms (Dec. 2003) - BBC: Concerns raised about Scottish projects (Dec. 2003) - KRT: New Jersey debates harvesting wind (Nov. 2003) - BBC: Work starts on North Sea project (Oct. 2003) - BBC: Lake District farm raises concerns (Sept. 2003) - BBC: Scots support green power (Aug. 2003) - BBC: Wind farms 'threaten fishing jobs' (July 2003) - BBC: UK's biggest offshore project takes shape (July 2003) - BBC: England plans 'massive' wind farms (July 2003) - BBC: Inquiry rules out wind farm (July 2003) - BBC: Residents lose wind farm battle (May 2003) - BBC: Scottish offshore projects approved (March 2003)
- AP: Board approves wind Vt. towers (Feb. 2003)
- BBC:U.K tries to change the face of energy (Feb. 2003)
- AP: Vt. wind towers concern some (Jan. 2003)
- AP: Dutch move modern mills into town (Jan. 2003)
- AP: Mt. Wachusetts wind farm stirs debate (Jan. 2003)
- ABC: Australian windfarm hit by Aboriginal claim (Nov. 2002)
- BBC: Offshore wind farm's £10m kickstart (Oct. 2002)
- BBC: Plans for 'giant' wind farm (Sept. 2002)
- BBC: Protest over N. Ireland wind farm plan (Aug. 2002)
- L.A. Times: Wind farms churn up controversy on East Coast (Aug. 2002)
- NPR report: Audio NPR report on proposed Cape Cod wind farm (April 2002)
- NYT report: The debate over the Cape proposal (April 2002)
- BBC : The UK's biggest offshore wind farm wins approval. (April 2002)
- Irish wind farm: Government approves world's largest offshore wind farm. (Jan. 2002)
- Wind power Q&A: UK looks to wind and wave power (2001)
- Germany: The world's leading producer of wind power - has expanded its capacity by 44% in the past year (Jan. 2002)
- BBC: Government approves the then-biggest wind farm in the UK, in Wales (Dec. 2001)
- BBC: Survey of Scots on wind farms (2000) -->
• Department of Energy - Wind power resources - U.S. wind news - Wind energy basics • Mass Tech Collaborative - Offshore wind outreach - Project overview - Final progress report (pdf)
• Wind power trade groups - American Wind Energy Association: News, U.S. wind projects database, wind FAQ - National Wind Coordinating Committee: Policy and issue publications; links; resources --> - Euro Wind Energy Assoc. - British Wind Energy Assoc. - Danish Wind Energy Assoc. Check out web cam for an offshore wind farm.
• Worldwide groups - CADDET: Resource site on world renewable energy - Coastal Guide: Resource site for European coastal planners wind power report, pro and con
• Companies - Vestas Wind Systems: Major wind turbine manufacturer - Blyth Offshore Wind: Offshore English wind farm - GE Wind Energy: Wind turbine maker, supplier - National Wind Power: UK wind project developer - TrueWind Solutions: maps winds of potential sites. - Airtricity : UK wind project developer, now in America
• Project critics
- Country Guardian: for the United Kingdom and beyond
- Landsforeningen Naboer til Vindmøller : Danish critic tracks facts, news

LATEST FROM THE TIMESHearing focuses on wind farm The Cape Cod Commission will hold a public hearing tomorrow night to solicit comments about the Army Corps of Engineers' Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the wind-energy project proposed for Nantucket Sound. (Feb. 7)
State voters back wind farm A wide majority of Bay State voters who have an opinion on the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm favor the project, according to a survey underwritten by its developer. (Feb. 5)
High court won't weigh in on wind The U.S. Supreme Court won't review a 2004 decision that affirmed the federal government's authority over the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm. (Jan. 29)
Cape Wind adds clout Ex-House Majority Leader Dick Armey is on the payroll of lobbying firm hired by wind-farm developer, Cape Wind Associates. (Jan. 29)
Lawmakers push wind farm delay Members of the Cape's legislative delegation are asking Gov. Mitt Romney to use his executive authority to impose a moratorium on wind turbines off the state's coastline, as New Jersey's governor did last month.(Jan. 22)
Wind farm review process explained State regulators took the stage yesterday at the Cape Cod Community College's Tilden Arts Center auditorium to give the public an overview of the regulatory process that Cape Wind's wind farm proposal has been under since 2001. (Jan. 9)
Wind farm gets strong endorsement Susan Tierney, the chairwoman of a task force that recommended the state regulate ocean development last March, has written an impassioned letter to the Army Corps of Engineers in support of the Nantucket Sound wind farm. (Jan. 8, 2005)
Wind farm opponents seeksuccessor to CEO Yearley Douglas Yearley, the head of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound will leave his post at the end of this year. Yearley was previously chief executive officer of the Phelps-Dodge mining conglomerate. (Dec. 24)
Wind project finds backers U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed its public hearings on draft environmental report for proposed offshore wind farm. (Dec. 17)
Corps' last wind farm hearing set Several hundred people spoke at recent hearings on the proposed wind farm, but few made specific comments on the draft report that was the focus of the hearings.(Dec. 15)
Mild sparring at wind hearing Nantucket residents took their turns at the microphone to voice deeply held views on the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm. (Dec. 9)
1,000 attend wind farm forum A sometimes boisterous crowd gave Gov. Mitt Romney a standing ovation last night for bashing of proposed offshore wind farm. (Dec. 8)
Islanders sound off at hearing Sparring at Martha's Vineyard school is polite but pointed in the first hearing on the wind farm proposed on Horseshoe Shoal. (Dec. 7)
A week of sound and fury In Martha's Vineyard, the public will get the first of four chances this week to comment on the proposal for an offshore wind farm. (Dec. 5)
Wind farm vote stalled Proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm was dealt a temporary setback when state agency delayed vote on a major permit. (Dec. 1)
Cape group appeals wind farm case A Cape-based citizens group opposed to the Nantucket Sound wind farm proposal has asked the Supreme Court to intercede and order the federal court to return questions about the project's legality to a state court. (Nov. 26)
More time given for wind farm comments Corps extends comment period on draft impact report extended 45 days. (Nov. 24)
Foes gird for renewed fight Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound vows to dissect Corps' report for errors while expanding its public outreach effort. (Nov. 14)
Farm foes to seek court review A lawyer vows to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the project's legality. (Nov. 13)
Flurry of forums on wind power planned Tomorrow starts a week of informational sessions on alternative energy. (Nov. 12)
Romney in D.C., fights wind farm Gov. Mitt Romney took his fight against the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm to the White House yesterday. (Nov. 11)
U.S. laws unlikely to block wind farm New federal rules for offshore resources aren't likely to affect the Nantucket Sound wind farm project. (Nov. 10)
Draft environmental impact statement Read the Army Corps of Engineers report. (Nov. 9)
Corps' report triggers 60-day debate Favorable review means nation's first offshore wind farm could be under construction in a year. (Nov. 9) Farm backers, foes gird for fight Supporters call on Kennedy, Romney Prospect of new scenery doesn't sit well
Draft report favorable to farm Proposed wind farm would provide significant benefits and little long-term environmental disruption, says draft report. (Nov. 8)
Oil-spill response plan lacking Cape and islands towns say they want details before the final permit approvals. (Nov. 1)
Wind farm foe cites risk to radar The Barnstable Airport Commission is sufficiently concerned to appeal FAA's finding of no threat to aviation. (Oct. 19)
Wind power is gaining favor Turbines gaining favor, due in part to subsidies, better technology and higher prices for other energy sources. (Oct. 18)
Wind farm foe raises $1.8M Group spearheading opposition to a wind farm in Nantucket Sound raked in $1.7 million in direct public contributions. (Oct. 16)
Warner relented on wind farm House GOP leader urged senator to remove amendment from defense bill that could have killed the Nantucket Sound wind farm. (Oct. 9)
Move to halt wind farms dies A Virginia senator's attempt to regulate offshore wind farms was dropped from an appropriations bill yesterday. (Oct. 8)
Bill could kill wind-farm plan An amendment tacked onto a defense appropriations bill could indefinitely spell end of offshore wind power development. (Oct. 7)
Wind farm to pay Yarmouth $9.5 million Cape Wind Associates will pay the town of Yarmouth $9.5 million over 20 years as part of an agreement reached between the town and company (Oct. 6)
Coalition pursues wind report Environmentals demand Pentagon release draft evaluation on offshore wind farm. (Oct. 6)
State looks at sea boundary Before the release of a 4,000-page review of the proposed wind farm, state officials are working to assess their potential influence. (Oct. 4)
Review delay annoys Cape Wind The release of a massive environmental review of a proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm has been delayed indefinitely. (Sept. 30)
Key wind farm report delayed A key federal report on the proposed offshore wind farm will not be released until later this month due to ongoing review. (Sept. 9) Cape Wind gives college $50,000
Is review by the book? Federal officials and other observers defend the Army Corps of Engineers' study, a draft of which is due soon. (Sept. 5)
Memo may hold hints of project review findings A confidential memo may provide possible clues into what the long-awaited draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Nantucket Sound wind farm will contain. (Sept. 1)
Opponents see oil spill risk Wind farm opponent urges delay in draft environmental impact statement until effect of possible oil spill are studied. (Aug. 26)
Report: Project will mar scenery A consultant says the settings of 16 historical sites will be adversely altered by building a wind farm in Nantucket Sound. (Aug. 20)
Search the Cape Cod Times archives for more on the proposed project. Suggested keywords: "wind farm"

Map of the proposed Nantucket Sound wind turbine site. Click to see other sites / Cape Cod Times map Winergy's remaining sites
Explainer graphics
Locator map: Cape Wind Associates, Sea Energy Generation and Winergy LLC of Shirley, N.Y have proposed wind projects off Nantucket and Cape Cod. - See Winergy's remaining sites • A European wind turbine in Denmark shows how Cape Cod offshore wind turbine generator might look.
• Pros and cons. A quickie overview.
• Overview of data collection tower that is key to the proposed wind farm.
A Danish crash course in wind energy : for all ages
Animation: How a wind turbine works Graphics: Closeup drawings, glossary
Maps: Where does the wind blow the hardest in the U.S.? In New England See these DOE maps.
Wind power projects
Clickable state-by-state map of U.S. wind energy projects • Country by country : what's built where in Europe as of 2002 • In Britain
Special Times series
Long Island utility tests watersThe pride of Hull, Mass.Wind mountain in Vermont
Wind Power Today: Department of Energy publication on the status of the wind industry (pdf format; 1.8M) • Wind Power Update: Overview of wind energy technology and use from DOE's energy laboratory (pdf format; 3.3M)
Wind power globally
Britain: Phase II Offshore Wind Analysis Britain: Projects approved Map Scotland: White Paper Critic's reactionDenmark: 2003 news
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