Feds approve first offshore wind farm, buoying prospects in Md.

30/04/2010 at 6:07 am Leave a comment

Author: Timothy B. Wheeler

The Obama administration’s approval of the nation’s first offshore wind farm near Cape Cod in Massachusetts buoys prospects for similar renewable-energy projects off Maryland’s shore and elsewhere along the Atlantic coast, proponents say.

But it may still be several years — if ever — before turbines are spinning wind into electricity off Ocean City, state officials note.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced in Boston Wednesday that he had approved the controversial Cape Wind project, which calls for placing 130 turbines in Nantucket Sound. The project’s environmental, cultural and visual impacts have been hotly debated for the past nine years, since it would be placed in waters off Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island.

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Entry filed under: Renewable Energy.

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