15 May '12, 4pm

Google's huge offshore wind transmission line edges forward

Google's huge offshore wind transmission line edges forward

A proposed $5 billion transmission line connecting wind farms off the East Coast of the U.S. to the mainland is on track to come online by 2017, after the Google-backed project cleared another regulatory hurdle. The Department of the Interior said on Monday there was "no overlapping competitive interest" in the areas earmarked for building the line, which clears the way for an environmental review. However, the review of impacts on fishing, marine life and other factors could take up to two years to complete -- a scenario familiar to offshore wind farm developers who have been dogged by slow progress securing planning permissions. The $1 billion Cape Wind project off the Nantucket Sound, the first major offshore wind project in the U.S., has suffered almost a decade of delays mainly brought about by legal challenges from local residents. The Atlantic Wind Connection line i...

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