U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar last week announced his approval of a proposed $1 billion wind-energy project located in Nantucket Sound, Mass., that would be the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

The initiative, called Cape Wind, could potentially supply Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket with 75% of their electricity demand, according to the project’s website. The proposal has gone through nine years of study and review. Local residents have objected to the plan as it would alter their views of the area.

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