BOSTON, April 28 (UPI) — The approval of the Cape Wind power project off Massachusetts was cheered by renewable-energy interests but some environmentalists expressed dismay.
U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced approval Wednesday of the $1 billion offshore wind farm, which was seen by some as a source of clean electricity but others saw it as a threat to the Cape Cod ocean environment.
“This bold step by the Obama administration sends a signal that the United States is serious about securing its energy future and is willing to take action to make that happen,” said Tom King, president of National Grid.
National Grid, a company that supplies electricity and natural gas in the Northeast, said in a written statement it was negotiating a power-purchase agreement with Cape Wind.
The offshore turbines weren’t so welcome to environmentalists who feared serious harm to wildlife.
The American Bird Conservatory said it was “disappointed” in the decision because it could disrupt sea-bird habitat and knock too many migratory birds out of the sky.
Salazar said the developer of the wind farm, which will be built on federal submerged land in Nantucket Sound, must agree to minimize the potential adverse impacts of construction and operation of the facility.
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