The controversial Cape Wind offshore project in Massachusetts took a step closer to becoming a reality on Friday, receiving a favorable review from the Minerals Management Service in a final environmental impact statement. The Cape Wind group said it could complete the permitting process by March.
There’s a mandatory waiting period of at least 30 days before the MMS can issue a final decision on approving a lease for the 420-megawatt wind farm, but it is expected to be approved, as the report found that the project’s environmental impacts will be mostly negligible.
Clearing this almost-final hurdle is positive news for other U.S. offshore wind projects that are still in the wings. Earlier this month, the governor of Rhode Island signed a final agreement with Deepwater Wind for a 400-MW offshore wind project. Deepwater Wind is also working on a 350-MW offshore wind farm in New Jersey, partnering with the Public Service Enterprise Group (s PEG) on that development.
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