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After Delay, Maine Approves Offshore Wind Farm
by Ivy Frignoca

On Thursday, January 28, 2013, Maine’s Public Utility Commission (PUC) approved, by a 2-1 vote, the terms of a long-term contract for the first floating turbine offshore windfarm in Maine. After a few months of negotiation, this is good news for the state, and for renewable energy. This vote clears a major hurdle toward Statoil…

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Offshore Wind Developers, Environmental Groups Reach First-of-Kind Agreement to Protect Endangered Right Whales, Help Expedite Clean Energy in Mid-Atlantic
by Ben Carmichael

In a first of its kind collaboration, a coalition of leading environmental organizations and offshore wind developers has agreed to a series of voluntary measures that will protect critically endangered North Atlantic right whales, while helping to expedite responsible offshore wind development, in the Mid-Atlantic.

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New Hampshire’s Political Winds Help New Hampshire’s Environment
by Tom Irwin

Two years ago, Republicans dominated New Hampshire’s elections at every level, winning races for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, taking complete control of New Hampshire’s Executive Council, and locking up strong majorities in the state legislature.  On Tuesday, the political pendulum swung back in a way that is likely to end some unfortunate…

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Wind Power Key to Solving Climate Change
by Diana Chace

Wind power plays a key role in addressing climate change. Developing wind power and other clean sources reduces the use of fossil fuels, reduces carbon dioxide emissions, and helps to stabilize our climate. Climate change, with record-breaking droughts, catastrophic floods, and unprecedented heat waves, is upon us.  The only way to keep the crisis from…

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Why We Need to Fight for Cape Wind. Now.
by John Kassel

11 years. That’s how long we’ve been waiting for the promise of Cape Wind: clean, renewable energy; new, green jobs; reduced air emissions and carbon pollution; energy at a predictable price over the long-term; and energy security. At a time when the evidence of global warming is overwhelming, and the need for jobs critical, unleashing the potential of this home-grown offshore wind project can only be a good thing.

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FAA Decision on Cape Wind Removes Very Last Federal Review Hurdle After More Than A Decade of Exhaustive Reviews
by Ben Carmichael

Boston, MA August 15, 2012 – In response to today’s Determination of No Hazard with respect to the Cape Wind Project issued by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the fourth such determination by the FAA after more than a decade of exhaustive review, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) issued the following response by Sue Reid, Director of Conservation Law Foundation’s Massachusetts office:

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Offshore Wind Public Information Sessions in MA & RI
by Ivy Frignoca

Last week the development of wind energy offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts moved one step closer with the publication of an environmental assessment (EA) by the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Management (BOEM) regarding commercial wind lease issuance and site assessment activities on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). The purpose of the EA is to determine whether or not issuance of leases and approval of site assessment plans within a designated area offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts would lead to reasonably foreseeable and significant impacts on the environment.