Boston's Cape Wind enjoys two key victories

Cape Wind Associates LLC enjoyed two key victories this month. But the wind farm developer only trumpeted one of them.

Cape Wind Associates LLC enjoyed two key victories this month. But the wind farm developer only trumpeted one of them.

Cape Wind Associates LLC enjoyed two key victories this month. But the wind farm developer only trumpeted one of them.

Cape Wind, a Boston-based affiliate of Energy Management Inc., announced today that it cleared yet another hurdle for the 130-turbine wind farm its principals want to build in Nantucket Sound. Sure, the state Department of Public Utilities’ approval of Cape Wind’s deal to 27.5-percent of Cape Wind’s power to NStar is another important milestone. But it certainly wasn’t surprising. After all, Gov. Deval Patrick remains an important champion for Cape Wind, so it’s hard to imagine the DPU going in the other direction. And a similar arrangement with National Grid was upheld by the state’s highest court a year ago.

Earlier this month, however, Cape Wind scored another victory that wasn’t as easily foreseen: Mitt Romney’s loss in the presidential race. Romney, as you may remember, was a powerful political foe to Cape Wind when he was governor before Patrick took his place in the corner office. Although Cape Wind has essentially received all its major federal approvals by now, a Romney White House could have made things quite difficult for Cape Wind’s Jim Gordon and his crew. Gordon has to be relieved that Romney lost to Barack Obama, one of the renewable energy industry’s strongest supporters.

It used to be that Gordon had political foes on a number of fronts: Romney in the governor’s office, Tom Reilly in the AG’s office, Ted Kennedy and Bill Delahunt in Congress. But Kennedy, whose family’s compound overlooks Nantucket Sound, died three years ago. Reilly and Delahunt are in the private sector. And now Romney’s political career is over.

Read more in the Boston Business Journal.

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