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Vineyard Wind project facing setbacks

Alternative energy sources have been a growing trend in Massachusetts and the U.S. With climate change upon us, many are searching for more energy sources in order to power our every day life and not pollute as much as older technologies. A planned wind farm off the coast of Martha's Vineyard is one such project.

The Vineyard Wind project is a proposed 84-turbine wind farm that would be built off the southern coast of Martha's Vineyard. The project is being backed by a Danish fund management company that was chosen by the governor and state utilities. Recently this project has had some setbacks. The Edgartown Conservation Commission has denied the application by Vineyard Winds to lay transmission cables that would pass through their town giving the reason that they haven't been assured that the cables won't cause any adverse effects. In addition, there has been a delay in the issuance of the final environmental impact statement by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. This statement is needed in order for the project to begin. Vineyard Wind says it will ask the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to overrule the Edgartown decision.

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