Cape Wind developer mum on project
His comments suggest wind farm is not dead
THE DEVELOPER OF the troubled Cape Wind project quoted Mark Twain on Wednesday, saying reports of his death are greatly exaggerated. But he had very little to say about efforts to get the project back on track after the state’s two leading utilities terminated their contracts to purchase the wind power.
“We’re examining our options and I can’t really get into anymore at this point. I’m sorry, I just can’t,” said Jim Gordon, the president of Cape Wind.
Cape Wind was dealt what many consider a death blow in early January when the state’s two largest utilities canceled their power purchase contracts with the proposed wind farm after it failed to meet several deadlines. At the time, Cape Wind said it had invoked a force majeure class in the contracts, barring them from being terminated because of events beyond the project’s control, specifically a series of lawsuits by opponents.
Gordon and Cape Wind officials have laid low ever since, but Gordon appeared on a panel yesterday at an offshore wind conference held at the Copley Plaza Hotel. He spoke enthusiastically about offshore wind, but had very little to say about his own project.
Michael Durand, a spokesman for Eversource, said the utility has held no meetings with Gordon or Cape Wind officials since the power purchase contract was terminated.