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Cape Cod offshore project opponents site technical problems at Horns Reef
1 October 2004
The technology problems at Horns Reef in Denmark -- site of the world's largest offshore wind station in exposed waters -- have been jumped on by campaigners as yet another reason for why a similar installation should not be built off the eastern US seaboard at Nantucket Sound, Cape Cod, by Cape Wind. The wind turbines at the 160 MW Horns Reef station are being brought ashore for repairs before being reinstalled. On a local-access television show last month, Ernie Corrigan from campaign group the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound said: "The project in Denmark that Cape Wind talks about, Horns Rev, was supposed to be the model after which we were going to model this project. That project is being dismantled and is being rebuilt because of the extensive operational problems they have had with all 80 turbines, so, our view is, let's not experiment in Nantucket Sound." Mark Rodgers from Cape Wind, developers of the project countered by saying that Horns Reef does "work" and that offshore wind power has been successfully demonstrated in Europe since 1991. Meantime, the release of the draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Cape Cod project has been delayed. "Headquarters has developed an interest in seeing the report before it's made public," says Karen Adams of the US Army Corps of Engineers, which has responsibility for developments in US waters. "We're waiting to hear back from them. We don't have any date." Once the document is released, public hearings will be held on Cape Cod and its nearby islands, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Project supporters have clamoured for more hearings to be held elsewhere in the state, as they expect air quality in the whole region to improve once the project is online.
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