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All the regulatory paper shuffling required to get the 240 MW Cape Wind project started is finally coming to an end. As Renewable Energy World reports, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has ruled that the state can give the project a "composite certificate" superseding local regulatory agencies, some of which do not look favorably on the wind farm.
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In particular, the article notes, the towns of Barnstable and Yarmouth did not want to grant permits for the project's transmission line, which would pass through their jurisdiction.
This composite certificate had been granted by the Energy Facilities Siting Board back in 2007, but local authorities opposed to aspects of the project objected and brought the issue to the Supreme Judicial Court.
This most recent court ruling means Cape Wind has all the required permits allowing construction to begin.
As is expected, David Rosenzweig, an attorney for Cape Wind, was pleased with ruling, noting, "The SJC's decision brings to a close ten years of state and local permitting for this landmark clean energy project."
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