Reports Archive: April - August, 2007

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July 5, 2007

Cape Wind officials say the proposed project will produce additional energy on the hottest days of summer.

RADIO REPORT: A report released by the company earlier this week says that hot air rising over the land causes strong winds offshore. Spokesman Mark Rodgers says that the data tower currently located on the proposed project's site measured this effect on the ten hottest days in New England history. The hottest days create the most demand for power and Rodgers says the Cape Wind project will lessen the reliance on fossil-fueled power plants on those days.
Charles Vinick, the President and CEO of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, which opposes the project, says the sample size is too small and more scientific analysis is needed.
This report filed by reporter Ibby Caputo.

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June 19, 2007

Cape Cod Commission says it has authority to decide wind farm's fate.

RADIO REPORT:
The electric cable that would connect Cape Wind, a wind farm proposed for the federal waters of Nantucket Sound, to the electric grid in Barnstable is currently under review by the Cape Cod Commission. At a recent meeting the Commission voted unanimously to consider the impacts of the entire project when they decide whether or not to permit the cable. Our reporter Elizabeth White has the story.

listenListen (5:02) or read this story.
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June 19, 2007

Reporter's Notebook:
A close look at the Cape Cod Commission's decision to review all impacts of the Cape Wind project.
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June 15, 2007

Online Report:
Cape Wind falls outside area of concern for military radar interference.
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June 6, 2007

Gordon looks to build diesel plant in Chelsea.

RADIO REPORT:
The developer of Cape Wind, Jim Gordon, wants to build a diesel plant in the north Boston suburb of Chelsea. The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound claims the proposal reveals Gordon's real motivation is making money, not saving the environment. But Gordon says the low-sulfur diesel energy facility would actually improve the region's air quality. Our reporter Elizabeth White looked into the story and brings us this report.

listenListen (4:46) or read this story.

Bonus audio with photos.
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June 4, 2007

Online Report:
Cape Cod Commission says obstacles remain.
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May 21, 2007

Online Report:
Cape Cod Commission mulls jurisdiction.
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April 27, 2007

Online Report:
Cape Cod Times headline called misleading.
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April 20, 2007

Reporter's Notebook:
Historical look at Barnstable's opposition to Cape Wind.
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April 17, 2007

Interview with Jan Durinck, Danish wind farm expert.


RADIO REPORT: Our reporter Elizabeth White had the good fortune to bump into a Danish scientist in Woods Hole last week, one Jan Durinck. Durinck studies the environmental impacts of offshore wind farms. Durinck had never heard of the Cape Wind project, a proposal to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound. But, as Elizabeth reports, he was able to shed considerable light on the potential impacts of the project, as well as debunk claims made by advocacy groups on both sides.

listenListen (3:02) to this report or read a transcript.

More from Jan Durinck.
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April 12, 2007

Cape Light Compact Votes to Initiate Negotiations with Cape Wind Associates


RADIO REPORT: Cape Wind, a proposal to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound, has been plodding through the regulatory process since 2001. The federal agency in charge of permitting the project still has yet to release their draft environmental report. If all goes well, 2010 is the earliest Cape Wind could come online. However, the Cape Light Compact, a public entity which buys power on behalf of Cape and Islands residents, has decided the project is close enough to becoming a reality - and they want to talk business.

listenListen (2:39) to this report or read a transcript.

Online Supplement: More from Cape Light Compact members and the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. Plus, learn about the difference between physical and contractual electricity.
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April 6, 2007

MMS delays release of federal environmental report.

RADIO REPORT: The Cape Wind project, a proposal to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound, suffered a set-back this Thursday when the lead federal agency in charge of permitted the project announced it was delaying the release of its environmental review an additional four months.

listenListen (2:13) to this report or read a transcript.

Full text of MMS announcement.