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State energy board turns down Cape Wind permit extension

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A state energy board Wednesday officially denied Cape Wind’s request to extend its permits for two power lines necessary to connect the offshore energy project to the mainland. The Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board said extending the permits to May 1, 2017 would be “unreasonable” because the agency believes the project is years away from ever getting started. The project’s fate is uncertain after Cape Wind Associates lost power contracts needed to finance construction of the wind farm in Nantucket Sound. A spokesman said Cape Wind Associates is disappointed with the decision and will file a application for a new set of permits.