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. ACKFM June 30, 2015
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.
May 19 - Court of Appeals victory for the Town of Barnstable, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, and Cape Cod businesses, reversing the decision of U.S. District Court. The reversal means the suit to prevent Cape Wind from selling its electric power to NStar (now Eversource) can now continue.
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)
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 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
June 11, 2015, Humpback Whale Puts on Show in Nantucket Sound:
Photo by Blaise Flegg Link to Video
April 30, 2015, Endangered Right Whales Spotted in Cape Cod Bay and Cape Cod Canal: WHDH Channel 7
Right Whales in Local Waters: December 2014, advisory issued after right whales sited in local waters: Cape Cod Times
Cape Wind Threat: 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
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
Expanded Rules to Protect Right Whales; Proposal would enlarge critical habitat area. (February 2015)
The Cost to Sharks, Leatherback Turtles, etc.
Go Nose to Nose with Cape's First Great White Shark of 2015.
Cape Cod Times
The picture above shows a leatherback being rescued in Nantucket Sound.
Endangered leatherback turtles stay near Cape Cod. Recent Study
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
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
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. Additionally 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.
South Coast Today: Hydro, Wind Face Tug of War on Beacon Hill
Alliance Press Release announcing our radio ad calling for the termination of Cape Wind's lease in Nantucket Sound
Cape Cod Times Letter to the Editor: Don't Pollute Landscape with Ugly Wind Turbines
Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror: Humpback Whale Puts on a Show in Nantucket Sound
Cape Cod Times Op-Ed: Continue Fight to Protect Nantucket Sound
Cape Cod Times - Letter: Not Just the Wealthy Oppose Cape Wind
South Coast Today: Anti-Cape Wind Group Blasts Company's Extension Request
Boston Globe: Cape Wind Seeks More Time to Restart Stalled Wind Farm
RENews: Cape Wind Hit by Legal Setback
Commonwealth Magazine: Appeals Court Lets Cape Wind Case Proceed; Foes challenge Patrick's meddling in contract talks
Alliance Statement on the Court of Appeals Victory Today (May 19)
Boston Herald: Loss of Cape Wind Sinks Bid for Marine Terminal
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
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
Providence Business News: Cape Wind Ends Quonset Lease Option
Breitbart: Wind Energy Dead in the Water off Cape Cod
Cape Cod Times: Experts: Cape Wind Sunk Without Contracts
Boston Globe: Tom May, Northeast Utilities Happy to Get out of Cape Wind
Commonwealth Magazine: Utilities Terminate Cape Wind's Power Contracts
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
MAY 2015 UPDATE
FALL 2014 NEWSLETTER
Cape Wind's Financing Woes
POWER CONTRACTS: NStar (Northeast Utilities) and National Grid terminated power contracts - January 7, 2015. Alliance Statement
LOANS: Cape Wind negotiated 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 approved a $600 million conditional loan . Cape Wind's March 26, 2014 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, 2014, 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 2015, they will not qualify for a key federal tax credit (which expired on December 31, 2013 - but may be resurrected).
Opposition to Cape Wind Continues to Grow
THE LATEST POLL - 2015: A recent Cape Cod Times Poll 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."
Link to pertinent documents and contracts