Not In My BackyardIts easy to claim to support renewable energy resources like wind power. But showing that support often means making tough decisions. Take the proposed project off the coast of Cape Cod.
Three energy entrepreneurs
joined forces in 2002 to form Cape Wind. The company plans to build the
United States first off-shore windfarm, expecting the project to
be complete by 2005. The project calls for turbines to be placed in a
grid pattern, covering an area approximately 5 miles long and 5 miles
wide, in Nantucket Sound. Measured to the tip of the tallest blade, the
turbines would stand almost forty stories tall. The wind farm is projected
to generate up to 420 MW of power for the New England grid. Thats
enough energy for approximately half-a-million homes and businesses. The
project backers see the windfarm as an excellent way to produce much-
needed energy, without the environmental effects of energy generated by
burning fossil fuels.
The plan is running
into some stormy seas, created by opponents who dont want Nantucket
Sound disturbed. One of the biggest concerns is the potential affect on
birds in the area. Many species call the area home, many others migrate
through, and the worry is that the birds wont be able to stay clear
of the turbines. There are concerns that the windfarm would interfere
with fishing, or create vibrations that affect sealife. Other concerns
center on the "look" of the windfarm. The area includes Marthas
Vineyard and Nantucket Island, both of which draw large numbers of tourists.
Any disruption of the natural beauty of the area could have a devastating
Cape Wind is hoping to address many of the concerns through environmental impact studies.
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