Commonwealth’s Highest Court Affirms Cape Wind Power Contract Approval

Ben Carmichael

CLF Cheers Supreme Judicial Court Decisions Clearing Path for Nation’s First Offshore Wind Project to Advance

Karen Wood, CLF, 617-850-1722
Sue Reid, CLF, 617-669-2182

BOSTON, MA  December 28, 2011 — In the wake of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court’s rulings (see here and here) today upholding the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’s 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:

“Conservation Law Foundation welcomes today’s decisions by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court reaffirming the DPU’s finding that Cape Wind is imperative to meeting the Commonwealth’s clean energy objectives and that its costs are reasonable in light of all the benefits it will deliver,” said Sue Reid, VP and director, CLF Massachusetts. “The Court’s rulings confirm what CLF, NRDC and Clean Power Now have long asserted—that Cape Wind’s benefits to the Commonwealth outweigh its costs. Cape Wind’s ability to generate substantial quantities of clean energy close to areas of high demand—making it more advantageous than distant energy projects being proposed—is just one of the many benefits contributing to the Court’s findings that the project’s costs are reasonable. In validating the DPU’s decision, the SJC has provided objective validation of the facts making the case for Cape Wind, and has cleared one of the last remaining hurdles for the nation’s first major offshore wind project to move forward.”

Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. Using the law, science and the market, CLF creates solutions that preserve natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy region-wide. Founded in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization with offices in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

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