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 have consisted 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 had 58 red perimeter lights which would flash in unison at night.
Cape Wind would have posed a major threat to the safety of air and sea travel in and around Nantucket Sound, devastated commercial fishing, desecrated a national treasure and sacred Tribal lands, threatened birds and marine mammals, and increased electric rates.