Cape Wind Approved by Federal Government as America’s First Offshore Wind Farm; Project Will Add Clean Energy Jobs for Region

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Mark Rodgers 508-237-6312

Cape Wind Approved by Federal Government as America’s First Offshore Wind Farm; Project Will Add Clean Energy Jobs for Region

BOSTON - U.S. Secretary
of the
Interior Ken Salazar today announced his approval of Cape Wind with a
favorable
Record of Decision for the project to be constructed on Horseshoe Shoal
in
Nantucket Sound off the coast of Massachusetts.

"Secretary Salazar's decision today to approve
Cape Wind has launched the American offshore wind industry. It allows
our nation
to harness an abundant and inexhaustible clean energy source for greater
energy
independence, a healthier environment and green jobs," said Cape Wind
President
Jim Gordon.

Reflecting on the near decade long permitting path
for Cape wind, Gordon said, "Going first is never easy and Cape Wind is
proud of
the role we played in raising awareness for what will become a major
component
of our energy future and in helping the United States develop a
regulatory
framework for this new exciting industry.

"What enabled Cape Wind to reach this crucial
milestone is the steadfast support of leading environmental, labor,
health and
trade organizations and the support of the overwhelming majority of
Massachusetts citizens who have repeatedly made their voices heard. 
We also appreciate Governor Deval
Patrick's support, vision and leadership to make Massachusetts a global
leader
in offshore renewables and the clean energy economy. Thank you to all
those who
made this day possible," Gordon added.

"While this project was
exhaustively
analyzed and debated and even with Federal and State approvals
demonstrating the
significant environmental and economic benefits of Cape Wind, we
recognize there
are some local opponents who disagree, with Secretary Salazar's
decision.  We appreciate their involvement in
helping to shape the project and we now reach out to ask them to join
the
community and country in ushering in a new era of environmental
stewardship,
energy security and prosperity," Gordon added.

Looking ahead, Gordon said, "We hope to begin
construction of Cape Wind before the end of the year."

Cape Wind
completed State and local permitting in 2009.

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Cape Wind's proposal to build America's first offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal would provide most of the electricity used on Cape Cod and the Islands from clean, renewable energy - reducing this region's need to import oil, coal and gas. Cape Wind will create new jobs, help stabilize electric costs, contribute to a healthier environment, increase energy independence and establish Massachusetts as a leader in offshore wind power. For more information visit www.capewind.org.

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