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November 10, 2004

Study Finds Low Impact from Massachusetts Offshore Wind Farm

Cape Wind LLC's proposed wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts will have minimal environmental impact, according to the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released on November 9th by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The 3,800-page report is the product of three years of scientific, environmental, and economic analysis and includes the input of 17 federal, state, and local agencies.

Cape Wind first proposed the 454-megawatt wind facility in Nantucket Sound in 2002. To examine possible alternatives, the Corps identified 17 other possible locations for the wind plant, then narrowed that list to the four best alternatives. According to Cape Wind, the study finds the Nantucket Sound site on Horseshoe Shoal to be technically, environmentally, and economically preferable to the other sites. See the announcements from the Corps (PDF 28 KB) and Cape Wind, or go directly to the draft EIS. Download Acrobat Reader.