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Winds of Change: The Promise of 3 Offshore Wind Farms in New England
by Ivy Frignoca

This is an exciting time for clean energy in New England. Why? Because our region could have not one but three offshore wind farms constructed by 2016.  Not only that, these would be the first three in the nation! The Cape Wind Project, off the coast of Cape Cod, will site 130 wind turbines between…

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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.

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Maine Offshore Wind: Statoil Public Meetings Scheduled
by Ivy Frignoca

This January, my colleague Sean Mahoney and I met with representatives of Statoil to discuss whether the international energy company – a leading operator of offshore oil and gas fields – might develop a floating wind turbine project, known as Hywind, off the Maine Coast. Ivy recently exchanged emails with Statoil representatives, who confirmed that they will proceed with the project.

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Stand Up for Cape Wind at MA DPU Public Hearings
by Sue Reid

Starting tonight, public hearings will be held around the state on the Cape Wind / NSTAR long-term power purchase agreement. These hearings provide a key opportunity for people to attend and voice their support for this critically important and long-overdue clean energy project. Note that these hearings are not an opportunity for resurrecting a tired old debate regarding whether or not Cape Wind should be…

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Massachusetts and Federal Government Team Up to Tap Abundant Offshore Wind Energy Resource
by N. Jonathan Peress

Earlier today my colleague Sue Reid, VP & Director of CLF Massachusetts, joined state and federal officials to announce the latest milestone for obtaining plentiful and clean renewable wind energy from the Outer Continental Shelf offshore of Massachusetts. Specifically, they initiated the process for developers to begin leasing and site assessment, and for data gathering and public input, to facilitate off shore wind deployment in an area approximately 12 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 13 nautical miles southwest of Nantucket. The “Call Area” as it is termed, was identified following consultation with ocean users, such as fishermen and other stakeholders, through an intergovernmental renewable energy task force led by Massachusetts officials.

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Commonwealth’s Highest Court Affirms Cape Wind Power Contract Approval
by Ben Carmichael

In the wake of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s rulings today upholding the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ approval of a long-term power purchase agreement between the Cape Wind offshore wind project and electric utility National Grid, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) issued the following statement from Sue Reid, VP and director, CLF Massachusetts.