With Salazar headed to Boston, approval for wind farm seek as likely

BOSTON — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was headed to Boston on Wednesday to make a noon announcement on whether the Cape Wind project, the nation’s first offshore wind farm, off the coast of Cape Cod, will go forward.

Massachusetts state and federal officials said they were hopeful that Mr. Salazar would approve the project, which has been stalled for more than nine years. No decision has been made public, but the officials suggested that it was unlikely that Mr. Salazar would make the trip if he intended to veto the installation, especially since he is scheduled to make his announcement standing next to Gov. Deval Patrick at the Massachusetts Statehouse.

“I don’t think he is coming to tell Governor Patrick, who has steadfastly championed the project, bad news,” said Ian Bowles, secretary of the state’s executive office of environmental affairs. “I think this is likely the shot heard ‘round the world for American clean energy.”

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