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  • Offshore energy projects have a range of potential impacts on the coastal resource areas, including the shoreline, the sea itself, and the seabed, and on economically important species that depend on these habitats. Learn More
  • From the bottom up, the construction and operation of Cape Wind's 25 square mile industrial plant threatens benthic, marine, and avian species. In addition to the lengthy and destructive construction process that would include dredging and jet plowing. Learn More
  • "The ocean and bays that surround us are perhaps our town's most important and defining natural resource and it is these unspoiled waters that are the very essence of Cape Cod. Learn More.
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Breaking News

YouTube Video of Audra Parker's Cape Wind Update. What's Next? Watch Here 

Boston Globe - "Cape Wind's Foes Came from All Walks of Life": Take a minute to read Audra Parker's letter to the Globe describing the diversity of Alliance supporters.

Cape Wind spokesman resigns! Another sign of the continuing downward spiral of Cape Wind popped up on social media when Mark Rodgers announced via his Facebook page that he was resigning from his role as the company’s spokesman. Cape Cod Times

Boston Herald Editorial: Hot Air Over Wind: "The saga of Cape Wind has gone from simply wrong-headed — not to mention expensive beyond belief — to downright pathetic. Rallies won’t save it — and neither will any legislative efforts to breathe life into this justifiably moribund project." 

Boston Globe: What Really Toppled Cape Wind's Plans for Nantucket Sound


 

The End Is Near for Cape Wind

 Link to pertinent documents and contracts
 Link to victories

Cape Wind's Mounting Problems 
Jan. 6 — Eversource Energy, formerly known as NStar, and National Grid announce they are terminating deals to buy about 77 percent of the power from Cape Wind.

Jan. 21 — Quonset Development Corporation confirms it has terminated a lease agreement with Cape Wind for a port facility in Kingstown, R.I., and an employee at a marina at Falmouth Harbor says Cape Wind is “not in the mix anymore” in response to questions about an arrangement announced by the company in 2012 to buy the marina.
Jan. 26 — Independent System Operator/New England confirms that Cape Wind is suspended from participating in New England’s wholesale electricity markets.
March 2 — Massachusetts Clean Energy Center confirms that a $4.5 million deal to lease the Marine Commerce Terminal in New Bedford for the staging and construction of the project's 130 wind turbines has been terminated.
March 12 — Longtime Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers announces that he has resigned from the company.


SOS Winter Radio Ad Campaign Urging the Termination of Cape Wind's Lease Listen Here  
It’s a new day on Nantucket Sound. The sun is a little brighter. The wind, a little fresher. The seas, a little calmer.

Thank you for the support so many of you have given the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound. Cape Wind has been dealt a major blow. The utility companies they were counting on to buy their expensive power have canceled their contracts.

The tide is finally turning.  It looks like we won’t be burdened with higher electric bills after all. Or a sprawling power plant that would threaten birds and marine life and put public safety at risk.

But the reality is this: Cape Wind still holds a long-term lease to part of Nantucket Sound - which must be terminated before we can defeat the project once and for all.

Please help us make this latest victory a permanent success by continuing your support. 
Go to Save Our Sound.org to learn more. Because once Nantucket Sound is gone, it’s gone forever.

Link to Audra Parker on radio talk shows. 

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Jobs: Cape Wind would not produce anything like the jobs its supporters promise — at least NOT IN THE U.S.
Cape Wind has established a disturbing pattern of outsourcing jobs to foreign countries, despite claims to create local jobs. It plans to use Siemens turbines from Germany, is working with French, Dutch, and Danish investors, and reneged on an agreement with a local company, Mass Tank to manufacture the foundations of its wind turbines – electing instead to go overseas. Recently, the UK cable protection systems specialist Tekmar Energy just won a lucrative contract with Cape Wind.

Cape Wind will only create 50 permanent jobs and at an outrageous $4.3 billion package of federal and state incentives, these permanent year round jobs would come at a taxpayer cost of $86 million per job! (Read what happened in Germany.)

The decline in tourism would lead to the loss of up to 2,500 jobs, a reduction in tourist spending of $57 - $123 million, a related drop in output of $94 - $203 million, a drop in earnings of $28 - $61 million, & a $1.35 billion decline in property values.
(Statistics provided by Beacon Hill Institute of Suffolk University)

Scores of commercial fishermen, who earn the majority of their income in the area of the proposed site, believe this project would displace commercial fishing and permanently threaten their livelihood.


The Endangered Species Act
Federal agencies violated the Endangered Species Act and must re-evaluate impacts on birds and right whales. Alliance Press Release, March 14, 2014

The Cost to Birds: Read More 

                       
 
 
Bryant Marine Log, December 2014: A utility company was sentenced to pay fines, restitution, and community service totaling $2.5M and serve five years probation, during which time it must implement an environmental compliance program aimed at preventing bird deaths at its wind projects. Companies are expected to use due diligence in the siting, construction, and operation of wind power projects to minimize the risk of taking migratory birds.

The Slaughter: Under pressure from the wind industry, the White House said it will allow the killing of eagles without fear of prosecution for up to three decades. Individuals are prosecuted over the protected species laws, while wind energy gets a free pass. Fox News     Rd 

Audubon Press Release: Interior Greenlights Eagle Slaughter by Wind Farms - "Instead of balancing the need for conservation & renewable energy, Interior wrote the wind industry a blank check."

Piping Plovers and Roseate Terns at Risk in Nantucket Sound: Letter from Defenders of Wildlife to  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's "Determination of Reasonal and Prudent Measures" for Cape Wind, requiring the temporary and seasonal shut down of turbines during periods of highest threat to Roseate Terns and Piping Plovers.

The Cost to Endangered Right Whales
December 2014, advisory issued after right whales sited in local waters: Cape Cod Times

Cape Wind would be a threat to the endangered right whale, sharks, and other marine life in Nantucket Sound. A recent incident is reported in the Cape Cod Times article: Research Vessel Collides with Whale

                                  

A coalition of environmental and animal protection groups sued the federal government to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. Link to Press Release

Expanded Rules to Protect Right Whales; Proposal would enlarge critical habitat area. (February 2015)

The Cost to Sharks, Leatherback Turtles, etc.
Endangered leatherback turtles stay near Cape Cod.  Recent Study
The picture below shows a leatherback being rescued last in Nantucket Sound.


                                    

The Cost to the Ratepayer: Projected Price of Electricity by Source
MA utilities will be purchasing green wind power from New Hampshire and Maine facilities at an average price of less than 8 cents per kWh vs. Cape Wind’s price of 19 cents per kWh rising to over 30 cents in the final year. No utility, business or consumer should be forced to underwrite a private developer at more than three times the cost of readily available green energy from other sources. Alliance Press Release, September 23, 2013
 

Threat to Groundwater: The Town in Barnstable will be appealing the state’s approval of Cape Wind’s installation of new equipment at a switching station in Barnstable that would increase the amount of dielectric oil by 1,534 gallons. The town asked Cape Wind to install an oil containment system, similar to one at another NStar transformer in West Barnstable. “They refuse to do that here,” McLaughlin said, adding that if one gallon of oil makes it into the groundwater it has the potential to contaminate 5 million gallons of water. Cape Cod Times 


Opposition to Cape Wind Continues to Grow
THE LATEST POLL: A recent Cape Cod Times Poll Cape Cod Times: Two to one are happy Cape Wind seems doomed

UNH SURVEY: Support for Cape Wind is collapsing in MA, according to a survey conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. 

SOS SUPPORTERS: Alliance reports strong fundraising as Cape Wind opposition continues to grow as deadlines loom: Press Release
 

THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY: View ads in major newspapers sponsored by MACP (MA Competitive Partnership) & AIM (Associated Industries of MA).
June 13th in DC papers: Politico, The Hill, Roll Call. "Some Facts About The Cape Wind Project You May Not Know"
May 22nd: Cape Cod Times, Globe, Herald

New England Ratepayers Association mailed this informational postcard to 30,000 homes in MA:  "Don't let middle class taxpayers foot the bill for a risky, expensive, and unnecessary project."


 

  

          

 


 

 

 

    

Challenges For Cape Wind

  • The developer of Cape Wind has terminated contracts to buy land and facilities in Falmouth.

  • The Quonset, Rhode Island lease was canceled.

  • The lease on New Bedford docks was canceled.

  • Cape Wind was suspended from participating in New England’s wholesale electricity markets by ISO New England. 

  • National Grid and NStar/Eversource (Northeast Utilities) terminated their contracts. Alliance Statement

  • Significant legal appeals

  • Federal agencies violated Endangered Species Act and must go back to the drawing board to evaluate the impacts and protection measures for birds and right whales. Alliance Press Release, March 14, 2014

  • Cape Wind received a Federal Loan Guarantee that is conditional upon arranging for the balance of its $2.6 billion cost . Additonally a key Federal Tax Credit expired on 12/31/13. If it is resurrected it must be determined that Cape Wind began construction by the end of 2013.

  • Pension Denmark issued a $200 million conditional commitment & represents less than 10% of project costs. More recently, the board of a Danish export credit agency has approved a $600 million conditional loan. Cape Wind's March 26 announcement adding Natixis and Rabobank as the project's Lead Arrangers is another incremental and conditional commitment that does little to change the numerous challenges Cape Wind continues to face. Alliance Press Release, February 26, 2014; Alliance Press Release, March 26, 2014

  • Cape Wind's pre-construction requirements are incomplete: seafloor survey work; avian baseline studies; authorization from National Marine Fisheries; numerous permits outlined in the Construction & Operation Plan. 


SOS Fall Newsletter 2014
 

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Boston Herald: Loss of Cape Wind Sinks Bid for Marine Terminal

Boston Herald: Deval Patrick Can't Afford Past Losing Streaks; Private sector won't put green energy ahead of greenbacks

Boston Herald: Another Deval Patrick Boondoggle; Hopes for $113M terminal for Cape Wind project sink

North American Wind Power: DONG Energy Takes Over U.S. Offshore Wind Development Project

Boston Globe - Letter: Cape Wind Foes Came from All Walks of LIfe

State House News: New Energy Secretary Would Have Nixed New Bedford Terminal

Cape Cod Times: Long Time Cape Wind Spokesman Resigns

Boston Herald: Hot Air Over [Cape] Wind

Boston Globe: (and many others) Cape Wind's Lease to New Bedford Docks Canceled

Commonwealth Magazine: Cape Wind Developer Mum on Project; His comments suggest wind farm is not dead

State House News Service: Gordon Calls State Energy Legislation Promising

Associated Press: Wind Projects Stir up Concern for Sunken Tribal Artifacts

Boston Globe: What Really Toppled Cape Wind's Plans for Nantucket Sound

Boston Globe: Wind Power Auction Draws Limited Interest

South Coast Today: Cape Wind Dealt Another Blow

Boston Globe: More Doubt Cast on Cape Wind Plan

Cape Cod Times: Cape Wind Struggles for Survival

FoxNews: Cape Wind Project Dealt Major Setback

Providence Business News: Cape Wind Ends Quonset Lease Option

NECN Video: Boston Business Editors Talk About Cape Wind's Future

Boston Herald - Editorial: Gone with the Wind

Breitbart: Wind Energy Dead in the Water off Cape Cod

Industrial Wind Watch: Editorial - Cape Wind is Dead!

Cape Cod Times: Experts: Cape Wind Sunk Without Contracts

Boston Globe: Tom May, Northeast Utilities Happy to Get out of Cape Wind

Bloomberg: Cape Wind in Cardiac Arrest

Commonwealth Magazine: Utilites Terminate Cape Wind's Power Contracts

Boston Globe: Two Utilities Opt Out of Cape Wind

Cape Cod Times: Wind Farm Opponents to File Appeals (Town of Barnstable claims potential threat to ground water)

Barnstable Patriot: Barnstable Council Claims Toxic Chemicals Could Threaten the Water Supply

Real Clear Markets: Cape Wind: An Unsightly Monument to Political Pull


                  Cape Wind's Financing Woes

  • POWER CONTRACTS: NStar (Northeast Utilities) and National Grid terminate power contracts - January 7, 2015. Alliance Statement

  • LOANS: Cape Wind is getting a conditional commitment, not a final investment, from a Danish pension company for its European turbines. More recently, the board of a Danish export credit agency has approved a $600 million conditional loan . Cape Wind's March 26 announcement adding Natixis and Rabobank as the project's Lead Arrangers is another incremental and conditional commitment that does little to change the numerous challenges Cape Wind continues to face. Alliance Press Releases: February 26, 2014, March 26, 2014

  • BACKING: There is very little interest in this controversial high-cost project from the private sector.

  • SUBSIDIES: July 1, it was reported that Cape Wind received a conditional loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy. This is too little, too late. The developers originally requested a loan guarantee of nearly $2 billion, but received a guarantee for only $150 million, and they continue to lack the necessary financing needed for their $2.6 billion project. Alliance Statement 
    Additionally, if it is determined that Cape Wind did not begin construction by the end of the year, they will not qualify for a key federal tax credit (which expired on December 31, 2013 - but may be resurrected).


       Adverse Economic Impacts
of Cape Wind

  • Cape Wind would result in a high net cost to the public due to duplicative subsidies and tax credits, increased electric costs, and negative impacts to tourism, jobs, and property values.

  • The project would impose billions of dollars in additional electricity costs for businesses, households, and municipalities throughout Massachusetts.

  • Scores of commercial fishermen, who earn the majority of their income in the area of the proposed site, believe this project would displace commercial fishing and permanently threaten their livelihoods.

  • The decline in tourism would lead to the loss of up to 2,500 jobs, a reduction in tourist spending of $57 - $123 million, a related drop in output of $94 - $203 million, a drop in earnings of $28 - $61 million, & a $1.35 billion decline in property values.
    (Statistics provided by Beacon Hill Institute of Suffolk University)

     
     

 

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