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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

 

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Good News!
  • Cape Cod Times Editorial: "The compromise bill calls for big utilities to buy up to 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind energy. Fortunately, the language of the law prohibits the controversial Cape Wind project from competing for those contracts."
  • reNews: "Cape Wind will be barred from bidding on the offshore wind contracts"
  • Boston Globe: "Lawmakers Reach Late-Night Compromise on Energy Bill: The language would freeze out the controversial Cape Wind project from competing for contracts."
  • Vineyard Gazette: State Energy Bill Seen as Boost for Offshore Power, Setback for Cape Wind
  • Boston Globe: Was This Beacon Hill's Final Blow to Jim Gordon?

Statement from the Alliance: The Alliance congratulates the Massachusetts House and Senate for passing an energy bill that supports only those offshore wind projects sited in locations where fishing, navigation, cultural, and environmental conflicts are minimized and where development rights were secured through competitive bidding.  While the energy bill calls for Massachusetts utilities to buy up to 1600 megawatts of offshore wind energy, it precludes projects in near-shore locations within 10 miles of an inhabited area.

U.S. Court of Appeals - Victory for the Environment
July 5, 2016: "The U.S. Court of Appeals decision today is a victory for the fishermen, pilots, boaters, Native Americans, environmentalists, homeowners, towns, and businesses, which have fought to
protect Nantucket Sound against Cape Wind for 15 years."  

"However, the Court today did not terminate Cape Wind's lease to 46 square miles of Nantucket Sound.  So long as that 28- year lease can be revived, Cape Wind's developers will continue to press ahead with attempts to either build their massive 130 turbine project or sell that lease to another potential developer."

Read the entire Statement from Audra Parker, Alliance President and CEO

 

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 


Played this summer on local radio stations:

Don’t believe it.

Below the surface, Cape Wind continues to maneuver. Fighting on every front to bring their giant project back to life.

As the Boston Globe recently wrote, Cape Wind doesn’t give up easily. This destructive and expensive project is not dead.

The fact remains that Cape Wind holds a long-term lease to 46 square miles of Nantucket Sound. And only with your support can we keep battling to terminate the lease and protect the Sound so that it is never again threatened by industrial development.

For details, go to Save Our Sound dot org.

Cape Wind is still out there.

Your support right now is critical. Because once Nantucket Sound is gone, it’s gone forever.

A message from the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound

Listen Here: SOS 


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

July 5, 2016: U.S. Court of Appeals concluded that in issuing a long-term lease to Cape Wind, the U.S. Dept of Interior violated both the National Environmental Policy Acts and the Endangered Species Act. As a result Cape Wind must supplement their Environmental Impact Staement. In addition, Cape Wind would need a permit under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Alliance Statement


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

 

 


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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.

  • U.S Court of Appeals concluded that Cape Wind must go back to the drawing board & supplement their Environmental Impact Statement, revisit measures to reduce mortality and injuries to endangered species, and procure a permit under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act before proceeding with the project.

  • MA Energy Bill bars Cape Wind from bidding on the offshore wind contracts.

  • Timeline of Cape Wind's Mounting Problems


Recent News 

Cape Cod Times: Local Legacy on Offshore Wind Mixed for Obama

University of Delaware: The Power of Offshore Wind; Atmospheric conditions around the Cape Wind site are predominantly turbulent, or unstable.

Cape Cod Times Editorial: Toward More Wind, Hydro

Vineyard Gazette: State Energy Bill Seen as Boost for Offshore Wind, Setback for Cape Wind

Boston Globe: Was This Beacon Hill's Final Blow to Jim Gordon?

reNews: Cape Wind Considers Options

Lexology: MA Legislature Passes Clean Energy Legislation; Cape Wind barred from bidding on the offshore wind contracts

Boston Globe: Lawmakers Reach Late-Night Compromise on Energy Bill

CommonWealth Magazine:  Lawmakers Give Late-Night OK to Energy Bill

E&E: Embattled Offshore Project Violated NEPA, ESA

Bloomberg BNA: U.S. Appeals Court Issues Cape Wind a New Blow

reNews: New Setback for Cape Wind

WWLP/State House News: Both Sides Claim Victory After Latest Ruling on
Cape Wind

Cape Cod Times: Appellate Court Rules on Cape Wind Case

CommonWealth Magazine - Cod Cast: The Politics of Energy, Cape Wind

Cape Cod Times - Cheers and Jeers: Keep Cape Wind out of Nantucket Sound

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

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


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

 

reNews: Fresh Setback for Cape Wind

Boston Globe: Cape Wind Project Is Dealt Another Setback

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

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)

Boston Globe: Cape Wind Developer Jim Gordon Not Giving Up

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

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

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

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

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


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

YouTube Video of Audra Parker's Cape Wind Update. What's Next?
 
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Link to Audra on radio talk shows



 

 

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