Longtime Cape Wind spokesman Mark Rodgers said in a Facebook post that he will leave the company.
Rodgers had acted as the company’s voice for more than 13 years and his departure comes on the heels of a series of setbacks for the proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound off Massachusetts.
“After 13 years and 2 months, today I am saying goodbye to Cape Wind,” Rodgers wrote, according to the Cape Cod Times. “I’ve learned a tremendous amount and met a lot of great people.”
He also said he is ready for new challenges and looking forward to the “next chapter” of his communications career, “whatever that turns out to be.”
Although Rodgers dismissed the idea, the announcement marks the latest in a string of apparent setbacks for the faltering proposal to build an offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound.
Barbara Hill, former executive director of the pro-Cape Wind group Clean Power Now, which shut down in 2011, said Rodgers’ departure will be a loss for Cape Wind.
Even Audra Parker, president of the primary Cape Wind opposition group, the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, expressed her respect for Rodgers.
“We’ve debated a lot on different sides of a long and intense fight, but he was always very professional,” Parker said. “I wish him well.”
Parker said she took Rodgers’ departure as “another sign of the project’s continued struggles.”
In an email to the Times on Thursday, Rodgers continued to argue that the project isn’t dead.
“My decision to leave has nothing to do with the future of Cape Wind, and it would be a mistake to interpret it as such,” he wrote. “As [Cape Wind president] Jim Gordon recently told project supporters, reports of the project’s demise are greatly exaggerated.”