In a unanimous vote, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board voted to grant Cape Wind a certificate of environmental impact and public interest that effectively rolls up all nine cabling-related state and local permits into one composite certificate.
‘This decision represents a major victory for the people of Massachusetts who are waiting for the clean energy jobs from Cape Wind, which will help us become more energy independent and make Massachusetts a global leader in clean offshore wind energy production,’ says Jim Gordon, president of Cape Wind.
The siting board instructed Cape Wind to work with the towns of Yarmouth and Barnstable to reach an agreement on reasonable and customary conditions for town permits related to Cape Wind's buried electric cables and to present this agreement to the board.
In the event the parties cannot agree on conditions, the siting board will decide on what conditions are reasonable to include. The siting board expects to complete this process and take its final vote within 60 days. This will conclude Cape Wind's permitting at the state and local level.
Cape Wind was compelled to file for this certificate following a denial by the Cape Cod Commission in 2007. The siting board also has the statutory authority to grant a comprehensive approval to an energy facility it has previously approved, where that facility has been denied a permit by any other state or local agency in Massachusetts.
SOURCE: Cape Wind