Unfair meddling in Cape Wind

Boston GlobeBoston Globe editorial, Oct. 16

The commission should reject this transparent, obstructionist recommendation and approve Cape Wind's cable

TWO YEARS ago, the state's Energy Facilities Siting Board completed an exhaustive, 39-month review of the undersea cable linking the proposed Nantucket Sound wind power turbines with transmission facilities on the Cape. The board approved the cable, even though then-governor Mitt Romney was an outspoken opponent of the Cape Wind project. Now a subcommittee of the Cape Cod Commission is recommending that the commission deny approval of the cable because of "insufficient information." The commission should reject this transparent, obstructionist recommendation and approve Cape Wind's cable...

Without Cape Wind, it is unlikely that the state will be able to meet its goal of producing 4 percent of its power from renewable sources by 2009. But the project will have a hard time taking its overdue place in the state's power grid if agencies like the Cape Cod Commission continue to fabricate hurdles to put in its way.

There is evidence that the Cape Cod Commission is finding fault with the cable proposal because some commission members or residents of the towns they represent do not want the turbines, which at their closest point would be about five miles from the Cape, in their viewscape. At the same time the commission was dealing with the cable proposal from Cape Wind, it approved without benefit of any review at all a new electric cable linking Nantucket with the Cape. At 26 miles, that cable has already been built, and it is double the length of Cape Wind's ... Globe

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