Massachusetts town could be first to build offshore wind farm in U.S.
The town of Hull, Mass., is aiming to build what would be the first offshore wind farm in the United States about a mile and a half off their coast. Other offshore wind projects in the U.S. have met varying degrees of resistance, most notably the Cape Wind project slated for Nantucket Sound that’s been fighting to stay alive for seven years. However, unlike the Kennedys who’ve been determined to protect their ocean views from spinning windmills, Hull residents have so far proved wind-turbine friendly. The town’s 11,000 citizens have already erected two on-shore turbines that provide some 13 percent of their electricity and that have significantly lowered residents’ electricity bills. The proposed offshore four-turbine farm could potentially meet 100 percent of the town’s energy needs. If ultimately approved, the project could cost some $40 million.