Cape Cod Times: Cape Wind Reverses, Drops Appeal
By Ethan Genter
BOSTON — In what might be the most definitive sign that Cape Wind officials have given up on the long-running and seemingly unattainable dream of building a wind farm in Nantucket Sound, the company has moved to dismiss its appeal seeking to extend state permits to connect the project to the electric grid.
Cape Wind Associates’ attorneys were expected to deliver briefs Thursday arguing why the state Energy Facilities Siting Board should extend permits to build a transmission line from the proposed 130-turbine wind farm to land, said Charles McLaughlin, assistant town attorney for Barnstable. Instead, he received a call from a Cape Wind representative saying that the company would be withdrawing its appeal, McLaughlin said.
“We were very surprised” especially with the fervor with which Cape Wind has pursued the project, he said.
Cape Wind has fought off more than a dozen lawsuits since the company first announced its plans in 2001.
The nine state and local 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. A month before the May 2015 deadline, Cape Wind filed a request to extend the permits to May 2017. The energy facilities siting board, which is responsible for ensuring the state has a reliable energy source with minimal impact on the environment at the lowest possible cost, granted an interim extension until it could decide on the request.
In April, the siting board unanimously voted to deny the company’s request to extend the permits. Cape Wind filed an extremely detailed appeal with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that indicated it planned to continue the fight, McLaughlin said.
Reprinted via Cape Cod Times. This News Service is not affiliated with the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound.