U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told the Associated Press recently he thinks construction on the Cape Wind offshore wind power project could begin before the end of the year after more than a decade of delays.
Developers of the project have agreements with utilities to purchase about 75 percent of the generated power and are working to get more agreements, according to the Associated Press. The $2.6 billion project off of Massachusetts was also the first offshore project to win a federal lease.
The project has stalled because of lawsuits and difficulties with financing, however, which Salazar told the Associated Press illustrate the difficulty of developing offshore wind energy. He added regulatory improvements made in recent years.
Salazar also said in the interview that he expects more wind farms to develop along the coast with wind energy zones designated in the Atlantic Ocean.
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