July 12, 2004

Waiting for Cape Wind

[To the Editor, Boston Globe]

The editorial of July 11, calling for Governor Romney to support the Cape Wind project, concisely describes the urgent need to solve current energy issues. It fails to show, however, how the Cape Wind project would be part of that solution.

It is estimated that the 24-square-mile project of 420-ft-high towers will produce about 2.5% of Massachusetts' electricity. But because their output responds to the wind rather than actual consumer demand, much of it would not be needed and would have to be absorbed by the larger New England grid. Even when demand is high, more steady sources will already be providing the electricity, so again, should the wind happen to blow in the ideal range of speed, its output would not be needed.

Such a dubious contribution is not worth the cost nor the environmental destruction.