Reports Archive: September to December 2007

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December 21, 2007

Cape Wind alleges inconsistent treatment by Cape Cod Commission.

RADIO REPORT:
The Cape Wind project is at a critical juncture in both the federal and state review processes. The environmental report from the federal Minerals Management Service is due out shortly after the first of the year. And at the state level, the Energy Facilities Siting Board has agreed to hear Cape Wind's appeal of the Cape Cod Commission's recent denial of the company's application for an electric cable connecting the offshore wind farm with the electric grid in Barnstable. The Commission denied the cable application on the grounds that Cape Wind had not submitted enough information about the cable's environmental impacts. Cape Wind responded by petitioning the Energy Facilities Siting Board for an override of the denial, calling the Commission's review "flawed" and "not credible". Our reporter Elizabeth Saito has more.

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November 28, 2007

State energy board agrees to hear Cape Wind's appeal.

RADIO REPORT:
The state Energy Facilities Siting Board yesterday agreed to take up a petition by Cape Wind to override the Cape Cod Commission's recent denial of the wind farm's electric cable. The company is also seeking a composite certificate that would grant the remainder of all required state and local permits. Our reporter Elizabeth White Saito has more.

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November 28, 2007

Cape Wind appeals to state energy board.

RADIO REPORT:
Back in October the Cape Cod Commission denied Cape Wind's application to construct an electric cable connecting its proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound to the electric grid. Cape Wind vowed to seek legal remedy, and last week filed a petition with the state Energy Facilities Siting Board. The petition asks the board to overturn the Commission's decision, and additionally, to grant a waiver for all remaining state and local permits. Our reporter Elizabeth White Saito has more.

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November 19, 2007

Cape Wind will not affect Pave PAWS military radar.

RADIO REPORT:
The U.S. Air force has issued a report stating that Cape Wind, a wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound, would have no negative impact on the Pave PAWS radar at Otis Air base on the Upper Cape. Opponents still question the wind farm's effect on boat radar. Our reporter Elizabeth White has more.

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November 5, 2007

MMS moves forward with national offshore alternative energy program.

RADIO REPORT:
The MMS (Minerals Management Service) announced the release of its final Progrommatic Environmental Impact Statement on offshore alternative technologies this afternoon. Our reporter Elizabeth White Saito has more.

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October 19, 2007

Cape Cod Commission denies Cape Wind's application on procedural grounds.

RADIO REPORT:
The Cape Cod Commission has denied Cape Wind's application to lay an electric cable connecting the wind farm in Nantucket Sound with the electric grid in Barnstable. The Commission unanimously voted that Cape Wind had not supplied sufficient information regarding the cable's impacts for the Commission to reach a decision. The denial is thus a procedural denial or a denial without prejudice, meaning Cape Wind could reapply. Our reporter Elizabeth White Saito has more.

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October 17, 2007

Online Report: Cape Wind issues legal response to Cape Cod Commission draft denial.
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October 10, 2007

Online Report:
Commission Subcommittee approves draft denial of Cape Wind cable permit.
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September 25, 2007

Cape Cod Commission subcommittee recommends denial.

RADIO REPORT:
The Cape Cod Commission subcommittee reviewing Cape Wind, a wind farm proposed for Nantucket Sound, decided yesterday that Cape Wind hasn't provided sufficient information regarding the project's impacts. The Committee voted unanimously to recommend that the full Commission deny Cape Wind a permit for its electric cable on procedural grounds. Our reporter Elizabeth White has more.

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September 13, 2007

Online Report:
Release of federal environmental report delayed once again.
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September 10, 2007

Cape Wind's economic feasibility questioned.

RADIO REPORT:
An offshore wind farm, proposed south of Long Island, will likely be canceled due to rising costs. A recent economic analysis put the cost of the 40-turbine project at $800 million, more than twice original estimates. Even long-time supporters of the project are calling for a new plan. The Long Island proposal is controlled by the Long Island Power Authority, a public entity. Cape Wind, which aims to build 130 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound is in private hands. Opponents of Cape Wind say the shaky financials of the Long Island project cast doubt on Cape Wind's economic feasibility but Cape Wind says it's not so. Our reporter Elizabeth White has the story.

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September 7, 2007

Cape Cod Commission holds public hearing.

RADIO REPORT:
The Cape Cod Commission held a hearing last night to gather public comment on the Cape Wind project, a wind farm proposed for the federal waters of Nantucket Sound. The Commissions regulatory jurisdiction over Cape Wind is limited to the electric cable that runs through state waters and makes landfall in Yarmouth. Our reporter Elizabeth White has more.

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