Cape Wind has received approval from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) in the form of two consistency determinations. Following on the heels of the favorable final environmental impact statement from the Minerals Management Service, these determinations will now allow for federal agencies to finalize Cape Wind's permitting.
CZM's finding stated that, ‘Based on our review, all aspects of the project, including those project elements located in federal waters, and the project's effects on resources and uses in the Massachusetts coastal zone, we concur with your certification that the activity as proposed is consistent with the CZM enforceable program policies.’
Those policies include consideration of alternative sites, encouragement of renewable energy use, protection of coastal resources, ensuring safe and continuing public access and reduced impacts on public recreation.
The CZM Act allows the wind farm, located in federal waters, to be reviewed by a designated state agency. This ensures that the project located near a coastal state is consistent with state coastal zone policies.
‘This brings us one important step closer to making Massachusetts a leader in offshore renewable technology and bringing needed jobs and energy security to the region,’ says Jim Gordon, president of Cape Wind.
The Cape Wind Project has been under review by CZM and other agencies for over seven years. Cape Wind officials expect to complete the permitting process by this spring.
SOURCE: Cape Wind