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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.
  • There are many ways you can voice your opinion on this issue. Request a lawn sign or stickers comments@saveoursound.org, or write a comment on an online news story. Learn More

Breaking News

 

Humpback Whale Filmed Feeding in Nantucket Sound - off Seagull Beach in West Yarmouth
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Feds Face Cape Wind Wrath
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Cape Wind Appeals State Board's Denial
Cape Wind appealed to the Supreme Judicial Court a state board's decision denying the project's request for extensions of critical subsea and onshore transmission facility approvals.
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April 6, 2016: State says "no" to vital transmission line. Link to Final Decision  

Statement by the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound on EFSB Final Decision on Cape Wind: Board makes final decision saying ‘no’ to vital transmission line

Cape Cod Times: State Board Denies Extension for Cape Wind (Cape Wind vows to press on.)
The state Energy Facilities Siting Board unanamously voted to deny Cape Wind's request to extend nine state and local permits related to construction of an electricity line from its proposed offshoe wind farm to the shore.
Cape Wind VP said the company is still "pressing on." "We still hold offshore federal leases and the project is moving forward."

 

View from Hyannis Port October 31, 2015


 

The End Is Near for Cape Wind

Our goal in 2016 is to terminate Cape Wind's lease to 46 square miles of Nantucket Sound through legal action. The lease runs to the year 2041!
We are also exploring long-term protected status for Nantucket
Sound to safeguard traditional uses like fishing and recreation but prohibit industrial development. Read More  

A Decade of Victories 


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

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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 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.)


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) 
  • 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

  • Go here for more information on cost, including a chart of Projected Energy Rates by Source.
     


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 BirdsRead More 

                         

Fox News/ Associated Press, May 4, 2016: New Administration Rule Would Permit Thousands of Eagle Deaths at Wind Farms

Renewable Energy News: Bird Protections Create Legal Hurdles for Cape Wind (2016)      

Wind Power Firm Shutting Down in Altamont Pass: Altamont Winds ceased operations November 1, 2015 in an effort to reduce bird deaths.

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 Reasonable 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
& Humpback Whales

May 2016: Humpback Whale Feeding in Nantucket Sound off Seagull Beach in West Yarmouth

February 2016: Right whales in Cape Cod Bay

Cape Wind would be a threat to the endangered right whale, sharks, and other marine life in Nantucket Sound.

Expanded Rules to Protect Right WhalesProposal would enlarge critical habitat area. (February 2015)

          April 2015Endangered right whales in Cape Cod Bay & Cape Cod Canal 


 

December 2014: Advisory issued after right whales sited in local waters

 

Group Sues Federal Government - April 2014: A coalition of environmental and animal protection groups sued the federal government to protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales. Link to Press Release  

June 2015: Humpback Whale puts on a show in Nantucket Sound

  
Photo by Blaise Flegg  Link to Video 


The Cost to Sharks, Leatherback Turtles, etc.

Cape's first Great White Shark of 2015: Cape Cod Times


 

Leatherback being rescued in Nantucket Sound

 

    

Challenges For Cape Wind

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

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

  • 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. 

  • 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's "conditional" loan guarantees. Link

  • 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.

  • Cape Wind's Determination of No Hazard to aviation safety expired.

  • Massachusetts EFSB denied Cape Wind's request for extension of vital permits.

  • Timeline of Cape Wind's Mounting Problems


Recent News 

Worcester Business Journal Online: Massachusetts Banking on Natural Gas, Renewables to Replace Retiring Plants

Fox News/ Associated Press: New Administration Rule Would Permit Thousands of Eagle Deaths at Wind Farms

reNews: Feds Face Cape Wind Wrath

Boston Globe/ State House News: Cape Wind Appeals State Board's Denial

CommonWealth MagazineBaker Board Denies Cape Wind Permit Extension

Cape Cod Times: State Board Denies Extension for Cape Wind (Cape Wind vows to press on.)

 

Boston Globe: State Energy Board Turns Down Cape Wind Permit Extension


Cape Cod.com
: Cape Wind Project Dealt Another Blow; Future Uncertain

 

reNews: Fresh Setback for Cape Wind

 

CommonWealth Magazine: Cape Wind Appeals Permit Extension Rejection

Alliance Statement: EFSB Reaches Tentative Decision on Cape Wind: Board says no to vital transmission line - but Cape Wind continues to move forward

Boston Globe: Cape Wind Project Is Dealt Another Setback

Cape Cod Times: State Set to Deny Extending Cape Wind's Permits

Boston Globe Magazine: Offshore Wind May Finally Take off with Big Projects, None Named Cape Wind

RTO Insider: Feds Set Offshore Wind Site near New York (Cape Wind's Prospects Revived)

Boston Globe: Wind Energy Could Get Cheaper with Newer, Bigger Projects (Offshore wind energy in New England would be far less costly under projects that are newer and bigger than Cape Wind.)

CommonWealth Magazine: Study Prices Out Offshore Wind; Lower prices come from big 2,000MW commitment

CommonWealth Magazine: Cape Wind Mounting Comeback; Jim Gordon says he's ready to compete

South Coast Today: "The ghost of Cape Wind needs to be completely exorcised, because this is not Cape Wind - this is three of the biggest developers in the world, competing against eachother in an open process," Senator Montigny said at the Statehouse. "This is how it should have been from the beginning."

WGBH - Jim Braude Show: Will Cape Wind Finally Have Its Day? (Interview with Jim Gordon)

WBUR: How Cape Wind Differs from Bay State Wind, and How It Doesn't

Cape Cod Times - Letter: Cape Wind Is Not a Pilgrim Stand-In

Cape Cod Times - Letter: Facts Ignored in Attack on Activists

Boston Globe: Cape Wind Developer Jim Gordon Not Giving Up

North American Wind Power: Not Dead Yet: Cape Wind Refutes Claims of Its Demise

The Patriot Ledger: Windpower Group's Message: We're Not Cape Wind

workboat.com: 9/28/15 DOE Report: Offshore Wind Poised to Grow (despite...Cape Wind. Future projects will site bigger machines in areas with stronger, more consistant wind speeds)

CommonWealth Magazine: Baker Says State Is at Energy Crossroads; Governor's focus on price puts him on different path than environmentalists

Daily News: Offshore Wind Backers Vying for State Support (urging people to disassociate wind energy from Cape Wind)

Cape Cod Times - Cheers and Jeers: What about protecting Nantucket Sound?

Cape Cod Times Op-Ed: Continue Fight to Protect Nantucket Sound

Cape Cod Times - Letter: Not Just the Wealthy Oppose Cape Wind

Boston Globe: Cape Wind Seeks More Time to Restart Stalled Wind Farm

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

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

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


Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound
YEAR IN REVIEW - 2015


Simulated View from
Centerville/Osterville Bridge


Opposition to Cape Wind
Continues to Grow

Cape Cod Times Editorial Cheers and Jeers, September 2015: What about protecting Nantucket Sound?

The Latest Poll - 2015: A recent poll in the Cape Cod Times: Two to one are happy Cape Wind seems doomed.

UNH Survey - 2013: Support for Cape Wind is collapsing in MA, according to a survey conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center. 

SOS Supporters - 2013: Alliance reports strong fundraising as Cape Wind opposition continues to grow as deadlines loom: Press Release

The Business Community - 2013: 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." 


              Threat to Groundwater 

December 2014 - The Town of 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 five million gallons of water. Cape Cod Times


Link to pertinent documents and contracts 
Cape Wind Final Decision by MA Energy Facilities Siting Board to deny Cape Wind's request for permit extensions



 

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