October 8, 2010 - Maine island wind, and Cape Wind

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Fox Islands Wind project on the Maine island of Vinalhaven continues to make news. A recent New York Times article addresses issues relating to the siting of wind towers - including noise, lights, and flicker effects - across the country. The columnist cites Vinalhaven as one example of where local residents are seeking to balance their interest in renewable energy (particularly on Vinalhaven, where residents are served by an electric cooperative) against siting concerns.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has signed the lease for the Cape Wind project. This act will empower the first commercial wind development in U.S. federal waters. So what is Cape Wind leasing? 25 square miles of Nantucket Sound, for a 28-year term.

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