Massachusetts Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cape Wind Transmission Lines

December 20, 2006

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued a ruling December 19 that affirmed the May 2005 approval by the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) for construction and operation of undersea transmission lines to serve the Cape Wind Project. The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound had appealed the siting board's decision to the Court.

The Court issued a unanimous decision in favor of Cape Wind, acknowledging the EFSB for its approach in determining that the transmission lines were needed to serve the wind farm, even though the wind farm itself will ultimately require the approval of federal agencies.

The proposed Cape Wind offshore wind farm would consist of 130 GE 3.6-megawatt XL wind turbines that are approximately 440 feet high. The wind turbines would be sited over 24 square miles of Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound and connected, by undersea cables, to a service platform that would house an electric transformer.

The closest land locations in different directions from the wind farm include Point Gammon in Yarmouth, 4.7 miles to the north; Cape Poge on Martha's Vineyard, 5.5 miles to the southwest; and points in Nantucket approximately 11 miles to the south and southeast.

Sources: December 18 article in Environment News Service and December 20 story in Renewable Energy Access.