Gulf of Maine Task Force including Massachusetts Offshore Wind Energy
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has decided to establish a Gulf of Maine Task Force – including representation from New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and federally recognized Tribes in the area.
Massachusetts submitted a request for proposals for Long-term Contracts for Offshore Wind Energy Projects which include onshore wind turbine cables with voltage as high as 345,000 volts buried through residential neighborhoods.
Several years ago the Massachusetts legislature voted to cap what the ocean wind turbine companies could charge electric ratepayers. The ocean wind companies in turn had to find the shortest routes to the power usage cities like Boston as the submarine cables are more expensive than the wind turbines themselves.
Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod is ground zero for the placement of 345,000-volt electric cables from the ocean on the way to Boston.
The Massachusetts Energy Facility Siting Board was in the process of holding a hearing on March 24, 2022, to facilitate the installation of the cable and a massive onshore electric substation in Falmouth. The hearing was canceled over many residential concerns.
The Massachusetts legislature just prior to the Falmouth, Massachusetts Energy Facility Siting Board, EFSB, the hearing took the cap off what wind turbine contractors could charge electric ratepayers while it looked like the wind contractors still got the cheapest route through Falmouth to Boston. Massachusetts politicians appear now to be more concerned with the welfare of foreign LLC wind turbine companies than the electric ratepayers of Massachusetts.
The Town of Falmouth's residential concerns over two years of cable construction could very well be a harbinger of what will happen in the coastal towns of Maine. Falmouth a vacation destination has a summer population of over 100,000 residents.
Complaints range from:
Maps that don't show how to get to Falmouth Hospital during the construction.
Who will pay the hotels and motels for loss of business?
Running a cable under historic Falmouth Heights beach and placing splicing vaults in the parking lot.
Loud noise from the onshore massive electric substation.
A neighborhood organization worried about environmental, health, safety, and general impacts on those on the route.
The Town of Falmouth’s zoning bylaws 240 -166 prevents a project the size and scope of the proposal. Burying 800 to 1200 Megawatt cables beneath a historic, densely-populated residential neighborhood such as Falmouth Heights is completely counter to the Town’s current zoning bylaws.
The Massachusettsstate’s attorney general and the state legislature have ratified and endorsed Falmouth’s nuisance bylaw to be lawful as a result of the courts shutting down and removal of the two town-owned land-based wind turbines.
The town of Falmouth politicians may have already agreed on a "Community Host Agreement" where the wind company pays the town for access to the roads and parks. The wind company approached the town in November of 2020. The town has never held an outreach meeting or public comment period.
EMF, Electric Magnetic Field levels directly above underground cables exceed the Milgauss, Mg, levels of the same voltage of overhead cables. In other words, there is more EMF standing on the ground in Falmouth than that of the same voltage overhead at between 220,000 and 345,000 volts.
There are older studies showing a link between Childhood Leukemia and Electric Magnetic Fields that are being discounted. The power from the ocean wind turbine cables is double the output of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant buried outside someone's front door or under a park children play in.
How directly will this impact homes' home values in a negative way by placing 345,000-volt cables?
The handling of communications regarding the ocean project. The first residential notification was a March 4, 2022 letter, and a public hearing with no notification.
The ocean commercial wind turbine scheme appears to be a bunco scheme of enormous consequence. The people who value intellectual honesty should not be fleeced by such mendacity, even from their government officials in Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.