in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

The Cape Cod Commission (CCC), a regional land-use planning and regulatory agency, has begun the process of appealing a decision by the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) to grant a Certificate of Environmental Impact and Public Interest for the construction of electric transmission lines by Cape Wind Associates. CCC contends that the decision attempts to override local and regional permitting processes.

Cape Wind Associates has proposed to build an offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal.

According to the CCC, the EFSB has attempted to expand its jurisdiction to the point where a "good faith" effort at complying with local permitting is evidenced by simply filing an application. Allowing this process to stand would allow any type of future utility project to avoid local review in evaluating and mitigating local impacts, providing an outcome that favors certainty over fairness, CCC notes.

However, Mark Rodgers, director of communications for Cape Wind, says that the Massachusetts Legislature has given clear authority to EFSB to have the final word on permitting issues on electric transmission lines in Massachusetts, and does not believe the certificate will be rescinded.

"The Cape Cod Commission was provided more information and more time than any agency in Massachusetts has ever had in consideration of electric transmission lines, the portion of the project in their jurisdiction," says Rodgers.

SOURCES: Cape Cod Commission, Cape Wind Associates


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Senate Passes Tax Extenders Bill With Wind PTC Extension

The legislation, which passed in the U.S. House earlier this month, will renew the critical production tax credit through the end of 2014 - giving developers only about two weeks left to start construction.


Transmission Study Shows Nebraska Could Handle A Lot More Wind Power

A new report released by the Nebraska Power Review Board finds that the state already has enough infrastructure to accommodate at least 2 GW of additional wind generation.


Can Wind Energy And Birds Coexist? Environmental Group Says Yes

The Environmental Defense Fund, a supporter of responsible wind energy development, points out ways to help mitigate impacts of turbines on birds and bats.


Another Study Finds Wind Turbines Do Not Affect Nearby Property Values

Research conducted by the University of Guelph focused on regions in Ontario, and the conclusion echoes that of previous studies.


Too Little, Too Late? U.S. House Approves Wind PTC Extension

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a tax extenders package that would renew the wind production tax credit (PTC) and about 50 other expired tax breaks through 2014. The wind industry argues the short-term fix is virtually no fix at all.

Hybrid Energy Innovations 2015