The federal government gave the green light Wednesday to the nation's first offshore wind farm, a highly contested project off Cape Cod, Mass.
Approval of the 130-turbine wind farm gives a boost to the U.S. offshore wind industry, which has lagged behind Europe and China in harnessing ocean breezes to provide electricity to homes and businesses, according to an article in The New York Times.
The Cape Wind turbines would lie in Nantucket Sound, about five miles from the nearest shoreline, and cover 24 square miles. The tip of the highest blade of each turbine would reach 440 feet above the water.
The project, however, is hardly "shovel ready." Several regulatory hurdles remain and opponents of the wind farm have vowed to go to court, potentially stalling Cape Wind for several more years.