BOSTON (AP) — The state’s highest court has upheld a deal in which the electric utility National Grid agreed to buy power from the planned Cape Wind offshore wind farm.

The Supreme Judicial Court’s decision released Wednesday confirms the deal already approved by the state’s Department of Public Utilities.

The year-old deal was challenged by the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound and other opponents of the wind farm planned for waters off Cape Cod. They argued, in part, that the deal unconstitutionally restricts interstate commerce because National Grid didn’t consider less expensive, out-of-state power sources.

Cape Wind officials argued the focus on price is too narrow and ignores project advantages, including job creation and environmental benefits.

The court ruled the state’s review of the deal was “thorough” and its decision was justified.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

Comments (2)
  1. Atul says:

    And just think! This is a perpetual, or rneweable resource! This site can produce at this rate as long as maintenance goes on! We are richer in America by this! Guess what, his site will not fill the waters with oil from poorly designed well-heads either! The local industries have little to fear and much to gain by this, a first step for America towards the convulsive paradigm shift from a foreign liquid energy based economy to a domestic perpetual, or rneweable electric energy based economy! America! Hang onto your hats the revolution has begun! Solar, Wave, Wind, Hydro, Tidal, and Geothermal resources are in vogue, and the oil boys are on the run! Look at the ruination they are causing in the Gulf as we speak! Not a win -win for America at all, but an opportunity for big oil to use its bean-counters and lawyers to use the courts to get out of this jamb! Exxon Valdez victims, Canadian natives, are still in the never-never land of the courts awaiting less than ten cents on the dollar for damages twenty years ago! Corporate lawyers screwed them but good! The Corporatists have beaten them down to a broke, disappointed, clump, of big-time court losers over the years! Watch the same corporatist tactics on the gulf small fishers, ruined and waiting in court until old age to get very little back after expensive lawyers fees they cannot afford many will give up, broke, and disappointed in Democracy altogether! Watch this happen! Mark my words! America, screwed again by Big Oil Corporatists they are too big even for Obama to fight and they will have their way! Meanwhile, the Wind turbines spin eternally with the wind, creating real wealth with every turn – slowly supporting a nation in need of cheap energy without hurting anything, way to go. America!