Siemens to Begin Cape Wind Project by Year End

10 April 2011 (Last Updated April 10th, 2011 18:30)

Siemens is likely to begin construction of a controversial wind farm off Cape Cod in Massachusetts, US, later this year. Cape Wind is a 130-turbine project that would be spread across 25 square miles of Nantucket Sound, but has faced opposition on issues including its cost to consume

Siemens is likely to begin construction of a controversial wind farm off Cape Cod in Massachusetts, US, later this year.

Cape Wind is a 130-turbine project that would be spread across 25 square miles of Nantucket Sound, but has faced opposition on issues including its cost to consumers and its impact to local fishing grounds and water views.

In November 2010, National Grid received approval to purchase half of Cape Wind's power through a 15-year power purchase agreement.

The project also faced opposition as, according to critics, it would be cheaper to build other forms of renewable power or to pursue other projects.

Now, the obstacles have started clearing up with a shift in attitude toward offshore wind changes in the US, reports the Wall Street Journal.