Study Finds Low Impact from Massachusetts Offshore Wind Farm

December 17, 2004

Photo of crowd in front of capitol building.

More than 300 supporters of the Nantucket Sound project gather in front of the Massachusetts State House to rally support for the project.
Credit: Cape Wind LLC

Cape Wind'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 9 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. See the Army Corps' November 8 press release (PDF 28 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

Cape Wind first proposed the 454-MW wind facility on Nantucket Sound in 2002. 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 Cape Wind's November 8 press release.

Source: November 10 edition of EERE News.