It's been ten years and counting since Jim Gordon first proposed placing America's first offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound.
Today, after millions have been spent by ant-wind farm zealots to obstruct and delay the project, our Congressman Bill Keating has rallied the entire Massachusetts Congressional delegation including both US Senators to sign a letter to the White House and the Department of Energy to move the project to a speedy fruition.
Cape Wind president responds
"I am grateful to Congressman Bill Keating and to the entire Massachusetts Congressional Delegation for their leadership and vision in pursuit of a cleaner and more prosperous energy future for Massachusetts and for helping launch the U.S. offshore wind industry". -- Jim Gordon
Rep. Bill Keating, who represents the South Shore, South Coast, Cape, and Islands, has led a delegation letter in support of Cape Wind's loan guarantee application. All nine Members of the House and both US Senators are urging the Department of Energy to act quickly on this long-delayed guarantee so that the first off-shore wind farm in the country can move forward.
"Cape Wind is critical for three reasons. It will create much-needed jobs, provide an economic boost to the Southern part of the Commonwealth, and promote the clean-energy technology that is critical to the future of our country," said Rep. Keating. "Further, being home to the country's first off-shore wind farm will establish Massachusetts as a hub of new energy technology, advancing our research and development industries. My colleagues and I are urging the Department of Energy to act now so this important project can go forward."
The letter was sent to Secretary of Energy Steven Chu as well as Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew and Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients from the White House Office of Management and Budget.
According to the delegation letter, "Cape Wind will create up to 1,000 jobs in Massachusetts during its construction and build a supply chain for the emerging offshore clean energy industry within the Commonwealth that can serve as a model for future projects nationwide."
See the full text of the letter below:
April 1, 2013
The Honorable Steven Chu
Secretary of Energy
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington DC 20585
Dear Secretary Chu:
We are writing to respectfully urge you to approve Cape Wind's Loan Guarantee application with the Department of Energy (DOE) so this important project can begin construction. This innovative project is poised to harness a vast, inexhaustible source of clean energy while catalyzing a new jobs-intensive industry.
Cape Wind will create up to 1,000 jobs in Massachusetts during its construction and build a supply chain for the emerging offshore clean energy industry within the Commonwealth that can serve as a model for future projects nationwide. In this way, Cape Wind will help the nation achieve important public policy goals such as greater energy independence and diversity, cleaner air, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Because of its many important public benefits, Cape Wind has the support of the leading environmental, labor and health organizations of the nation and region.
The Department of Energy has identified a goal for the U.S. to develop 54 gigawatts of offshore wind power which would create 40,000 American jobs and a robust domestic supply chain that would economically revitalize several U.S. ports. Cape Wind is the first U.S. offshore wind farm to secure all of its Federal, State and local permits and to have received a commercial lease and approval of its Construction and Operations Plan. Further, Cape Wind's ten year regulatory review was one of the most comprehensive and thorough of any energy project on record. With your help, Cape Wind will enable the U.S. to tap into its vast offshore wind resource as Europe and China are now doing off their shores.
What this new industry needs most is for the first offshore wind turbines to be installed off our shores to demonstrate the seriousness of our nation in moving forward. This is precisely what your timely approval of a DOE Loan Guarantee to Cape Wind will provide.
William "Mo" Cowan
William R. Keating
Edward J. Markey
Richard E. Neal
John F. Tierney
Michael E. Capuano
Stephen F. Lynch
Joseph P. Kennedy, III
CC: Secretary Jack Lew, US Department of Treasury
Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients, White House Office of Management and Budget