Cape Wind Receives “Super Permit” as Final State Approval to Begin Development
The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board today gave its final approval to Cape Wind, issuing the long awaited “super permit” necessary for development to begin on the clean energy project supported by over 86 percent of Massachusetts residents.
“Today’s step in approving Cape Wind is truly a landmark decision for both the Commonwealth and the nation,” said Barbara Hill, executive director of Clean Power Now. “Massachusetts can now be called the leader in clean energy.”
The super permit issued by the Energy Facilities Siting Board effectively rolls up all nine state and local permits related to the electric cables into one “composite certificate”.
“Cape Wind will not only establish Massachusetts as a national leader in working to end global warming by eliminating a staggering 730,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions,” said Captain Richard Elrick, President of Clean Power Now’s Board of Directors; “it will also serve as a springboard for the creation of thousands of offshore wind industry jobs at a critical time when new jobs are desperately needed to help rebuild our economy.”
Clean Power Now is a non-profit grassroots organization based in Hyannis, Massachusetts with over 12,000 members committed to viable renewable energy projects and policies such as the Cape Wind project. www.cleanpowernow.org