By Kate Galbraith

Two offshore wind farms proposed along the East Coast are running into some turbulence.

A decision on whether to give an environmental go-ahead to Cape Wind, the controversial Massachusetts wind farm off the coast of Cape Code, could be delayed, reports The Boston Globe.

A Coast Guard review of Cape Wind has been extended at the request of a Minnesota congressman, James Oberstar, who chairs the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Mr. Oberstar sought further study of how the turbines would affect ship radar. “It remains unclear whether the delay will prevent the Minerals Management Service, the agency responsible for evaluating Cape Wind and awarding its lease, from issuing its final environmental review by the end the year as planned,” The Globe reported in its Green Blog.

A Rhode Island offshore wind-farm proposal has also been unsettled by recent developments, according to Providence Business News — including the unexplained departure of the chief executive of Deepwater Wind, the developer (which also plans to help build a wind farm off New Jersey). Another hitch is the rise of a competing application, by Grays Harbor Ocean Energy.

The Providence paper notes that the proposal by the year-old, Seattle-based company “was one of seven nearly identical applications (for projects on both coasts) that Grays Harbor filed with FERC on Oct. 22.” (FERC refers to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the applications can be found here.)

As if this turmoil were not enough, the Providence paper notes that the Deepwater and Grays Harbor proposals feed into an ongoing feud between two regulatory agencies, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the Minerals Management Service, over which entity should supervise offshore wind farms.

Source New York Times
http://greeninc.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/15/turbulence-for-two-east-coast-offshore-wind-farms/
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