By Christine Legere
… The state Energy Facilities Siting Board unanimously voted Wednesday to deny the company’s request to extend nine state and local permits related to construction of an electricity transmission line from its proposed offshore wind farm to the shore.
The permits, bundled as a so-called super permit, were granted to the offshore wind energy developer in 2009 and were set to expire May 1, 2015, unless work on the transmission line had begun. They allowed Cape Wind to build the transmission line through state-owned territory in Nantucket Sound to a regional transmission grid in Barnstable.
A month before the May 2015 deadline, Cape Wind Associates filed a request to extend the permits to May 2017. The energy siting board granted an interim extension until it could decide on the request.
Following Wednesday’s vote, Cape Wind Vice President Dennis Duffy expressed disappointment but said the company “is pressing on.”
“We still hold off-shore federal leases and the project is moving forward,” Duffy said.
Cape Wind will simply file a new application for the electricity transmission permits.
“It’s been studied extensively so the process won’t be nearly as complicated as when we first applied,” Duffy said.
… Alliance President Audra Parker said that, despite the siting board’s decision, Cape Wind has not given up.
“Cape Wind is seeking to secure new contracts to sell its expensive power through emerging state energy legislation and continues to hold a long term federal lease to 46-square miles of the Sound giving them development rights through the year 2041,” she said in a prepared statement.
Duffy said his company has already invested about $100 million in Cape Wind.
“The state has also spent about $100 million on the New Bedford facility which still sits there empty,” he said.
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