Fortnightly Magazine - May 15 2002

A Brouhaha in Barnstable

No punches were pulled at a town meeting on wind power.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a town meeting in Barn­stable, Massachusetts—the hub of activity and controversy over a proposed offshore wind farm project on Cape Cod. For nearly three hours, citizens of the Cape spoke up, and spoke with feeling.

The Wind at His Back

Interview with Jim Gordon, president of Cape Wind Associates.

Jim Gordon knows energy. For the last 26 years, he's been an energy plant developer. He was the head of a New England-based power producer named Energy Management Inc., and now he's president of Cape Wind Associates. He's also an environmentalist. He believes in the benefits of clean energy, and his latest project-a 460 MW wind farm off the coast off Cape Cod is a testament to that. The wind farm, slated to go online sometime in 2005, is the first offshore wind farm proposed in the United States.