Victories Over Cape Wind (APNS)

Victories:

Numerous milestones have been achieved over the years:

  • The Army Corps of Engineers is removed as the lead federal agency in the review of Cape Wind changing review to the Department of Interior. (2005)
  • The boundary between state and federal waters is changed, forcing Cape Wind to adjust its footprint because of in state restrictions for energy generation. (2005)           
  • Radar interference by Cape Wind to Air Traffic Control is evaluated by the FAA. (2006)
  • The Department of Defense studies radar interference by Cape Wind to missile defense systems at PAVE PAWS on Cape Cod. (2007)
  • Regulations for evaluating wind energy in federal waters is established. (2009)
  • Nantucket Sound is deemed eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places by the National Park Service. (2010)
  • The FAA’s 2010 Determination of No Hazard to aviation safety is vacated. (2011)
  • Opposition to Cape Wind increases due to the $3 billion electric rate hike that would be passed through to Massachusetts households and businesses. (2011)
  • Congress investigates the role of politics in the FAA’s 2010 Determination of No Hazard to aviation safety by Cape Wind. (2012)
  • U.S. District Court in DC orders two federal agencies to conduct more environmental review for violations of the Endangered Species Act. (2014)
  • Cape Wind seeks a $2 billion loan guarantee from the federal government but secures only a $150 million conditional commitment. (2014)
  • NStar and National Grid cancel their contracts with Cape Wind. (2015)
  • ISO New England suspends Cape Wind’s place in the transmission interconnection queue. (2015)
  • Cape Wind defaults on a lease for staging in Quonset, Rhode Island and a Purchase and Sale agreement for a marina in Falmouth. (2015)
  • 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. (2015)
  • Cape Wind's Determination of No Hazard to aviation safety expires. (2015)
  • Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board issues tentative denial of Cape Wind's request for extension of vital permits. (2016)
  • Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board issues denial of Cape Wind's request for extension of vital permits. (2016)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals sends Cape Wind back to the drawing board to supplement their Environmental Impact Statement , analyse measures needed to reduce mortality and injury to endangered species, and procure a permit under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. (2016)
  • Massachusetts Energy Bill bars Cape Wind from bidding on the offshore wind contracts (2016)