Simulated View from Hyannis Port
Cape Wind: The Project
In December 2017, Cape Wind surrendered its lease, but we must remain vigilant to ensure long-term protection for the Sound so that it is never again threatened by industrial development. What follows in this section is a description of the now-defunct project and the risks it posed to our environment, economy, safety, historic landmarks, commercial fishing, and local tribes.
Cape Wind: a 25-square-mile industrial scale wind power plant that would consist of 130 wind turbines, each 440 feet tall, and a 10-story electrical service platform housing 30,000 gallons of transformer oil. The turbines would have 58 red perimeter lights which would flash in unison at night.
Cape Wind would pose a major threat to the safety of air and sea travel in and around Nantucket Sound, devastate commercial fishing, desecrate a national treasure and sacred Tribal lands, threaten birds and marine mammals, and increase electric rates.