Cape Wind Faces Another Hurdle
The wind energy project in Nantucket Sound has faced another hurdle from federal lawmakers last week.
Namely, the GOP-controlled house voted energy and water appropriations bill which also limits the USD 150 million federal loan guarantee for the 468 MW Cape Wind project, writes Cape Cod Times news site.
President of Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, Audra Parker, denied she had any direct contact with U.S. Rep. Randy K. Weber Sr., R-Texas over the voted bill.
She added: “I think there’s concern about Cape Wind and its economic impacts and its risks, particularly after Solyndra,” a bankrupt solar company being used as an example by Cape Wind opponents.
House vote was described as a “narrow partisan reaction that has no chance of being enacted into law,” by Mark Rodgers, spokesman of Cape Wind.
Sharing similar opinion the U.S. Rep. William Keating, D-Mass. said: “Cape Wind represents more than a fight for federal funding; it will be a first-of-its-kind project that will mark the entrance of the United States as a producer of offshore renewable energy into the global playing field.”
The backers of the project stressed that Senate is unlikely to pass the bill or that president Obama would sign it.