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| January 3, 2014 3:27 pm


The Earth Policy Institute listed the Cape Wind project as one of three possibilities for the first offshore wind farm in the U.S., and a recent agreement makes that even more likely.


Siemens signed a contract before New Year’s that will allow the German company to supply the $2.6 billion Cape Wind farm with 130 turbines for a potential output of 468 megawatts (MW), according to My Wind Power System. That amount is enough to power 75 percent of Cape Cod and the Islands.


In addition to the 3.6-MW turbines, Siemens will also provide an offshore electric service platform (ESP), maintenance and service for the first 15 years of commercial operation.


An artist's rendering of the Cape Wind Farm and a boat tour of the farm. Photo credit: Cape Wind

An artist’s rendering of the Cape Wind Farm and a boat tour of the farm. Photo credit: Cape Wind


“This is a significant milestone for this project and we’re excited about it,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said. “Massachusetts will be a pioneer in the emerging offshore wind industry, which brings with it both clean energy and good jobs.”


According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s coastal regions have the potential to host more than 4.1 million MW. Shallow waters along the eastern seaboard alone could host could host 530,000 MW, capable of covering more than 40 percent of the country’s electricity generation.


Cape Wind received local, state and federal permitting in 2009 and 2010. The project was granted the first U.S. commercial offshore wind lease in October 2010. Power purchase agreements were met with National Grid and NSTAR between 2010 and 2012.


Siemens will subcontract the ESP to Cianbro, which will fabricate it at its Maine facility. The ESP will be located in the middle of the offshore wind farm site on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. It will transform the voltage of the power produced by Siemens’ turbines.


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Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme Weather


30.12.2012 Snow Storm USA State of Massachusetts, Boston Damage level

Snow Storm in USA on Sunday, 30 December, 2012 at 10:26 (10:26 AM) UTC.

As a significant storm made its way into the region on Saturday, promising to bring up to 10 inches of snow in parts of Massachusetts, Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced a snow emergency. Storm warnings and advisories have been posted for much of Massachusetts by the National Weather Service. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for most of eastern Massachusetts. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for the remainder of Massachusetts, including the Cape and Islands. The latest computer model guidance indicates a general area of 4 to 8 inches of snow across much of eastern and central Massachusetts. Coastal areas of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, including Cape Cod will see mostly rain, with a quick changeover to snow at the end of the storm. On Saturday afternoon, Boston Mayor Tom Menino announced a snow emergency and parking ban for the city which would go into effect at 9 p.m. “With up to 8 inches of snow expected in parts of the city, and freezing temperatures forecast for the next week, it’s extremely important we get our roadways cleared as soon as possible in the interest of public safety,” Menino said. “We want everyone to enjoy the holiday weekend in our city, but we’re urging an abundance of caution for all. Menino said in light of the holiday, Boston Department of Public Works crews would be working throughout the weekend and were well prepared for the storm. Approximately 200 pieces of equipment were expected to start clearing city streets by 6 p.m.