Emily Dahl, Conservation Law Foundation, 978-394-3506
BOSTON, MA May 5, 2014 – In response to yesterday’s decision in which U.S. District Court Judge Richard Stearns swiftly dismissed a challenge to the Cape Wind offshore wind project’s long-term power purchase agreement with NSTAR Electric, the Conservation Law Foundation issued the following statement:
“It is welcome, if unsurprising, news that the U.S. District Court in Boston decisively rejected the latest flimsy challenges brought by opponents of the nation’s first offshore wind project. In putting the case to rest swiftly, the Court explicitly rejected the Bill Koch-backed opponents’ principal tactic of ‘delay, delay, delay,’” said Sue Reid, CLF Vice President and Director, CLF Massachusetts. “The decision vindicates many years of work by the Conservation Law Foundation and our partners in seeking to advance Cape Wind and expose the role of dirty fossil fuel interests at the core of the opposition. At long last, there are clear skies ahead for Cape Wind and the launch of the most important untapped clean energy sector in America – offshore wind.”
For more than a decade, Conservation Law Foundation has played a leading role with respect to evaluating the environmental merits of the Cape Wind project, advocating for open and transparent state and federal reviews, developing tools to support the financing of the project while delivering ratepayer benefits, and advocating in support of the project’s state and federal approvals.