Cape Wind has completed its federal permitting process with the receipt of a final permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The approval came 24 hours after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued Cape Wind its Section 10 permit.
‘The receipt of Cape Wind's last permit approval represents a decade's effort of our company and 17 federal and state agencies striving to harness America's abundant, inexhaustible offshore wind resource that will contribute to increasing our nation's energy independence, improving our health and environment, and creating thousands of new clean energy jobs,’ says Jim Gordon, president of Cape Wind.
Last year, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that his agency had approved Cape Wind and granted the project with the nation's first offshore wind power lease. In 2009, Cape Wind completed its state and local permitting, and those approvals were later upheld by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
With the permitting process complete, and with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities' recent approval of Cape Wind's power purchase agreement with National Grid, Cape Wind will focus on securing project financing.
SOURCE: Cape Wind LLC