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Large Wind Power Plant Under Evaluation for Nantucket Sound
Cape Wind Associates, LLC is currently proposing to build a 420-megawatt wind power plant in the waters offshore of Massachusetts. If built, the facility will be the first offshore wind facility in the United States and the largest U.S. wind power plant yet. The company plans to erect 170 turbines in a part of Nantucket Sound called Horseshoe Shoal. A submarine cable system consisting of two power lines, each 115 kilovolts, will transmit the power from the facility to the shore at Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced on Monday that it will require an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the facility, which will be built on state and federal waters stretching across about 28 square miles of the sound. The site is closest to land at Point Gammond, which is 4.1 miles away. The Corps will work closely with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which is also performing an environmental review. On March 6th and 7th, the Corps will hold public meetings to help determine the range of issues the EIS should address and to identify significant issues that should be analyzed in depth. See the press release on the Corps' New England District Web site.
Cape Wind expects to begin construction on the facility in 2004 and complete it by 2005. See the Cape Wind Web site.
The Cape Wind Web site also includes a map of the site with overlays of shipping channels, ferry routes, and airplane flight lanes, as well as a link to computer-simulated views of the site from the shore.
Pennsylvania also hopes to increase its wind power capacity: the state's Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a permit for a new 60-megawatt wind facility in Wayne County last week. National Wind Power and Orion Energy LLC are developing the project, which will consist of 47 turbines on two parcels of land covering 858 acres. See the DEP press release.