Correct Method Using All Submarine Cables To Power Usage Locations ( Avoids rebuilding old grid from Falmouth, Cape Cod to Boston at ratepayers expense )
Offshore wind companies want to bring their cables into Falmouth on Cape Cod to get the power to Boston by land the cheapest route for them.
Ocean submarine cables are very expensive and in order to get the power to Boston, the wind companies want to come on land in Cape Cod and make the electric ratepayers upgrade the electric infrastructure of the state from Cape Cod To Boston by land. Plans in 2020 showed the best method was a submarine cable from the offshore wind site directly to Boston at the expense of the ocean wind companies.
Falmouth Massachusetts residents voiced overwhelming opposition to plans by an offshore wind company to run electric cables from its offshore wind site through the community at a public hearing held by the select board on Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Citizens said that the power plant project would cause excessive noise, or that people would not be able to mortgage their homes because of the massive electric substation. The majority of residents said the town overall objects to wind turbines, referring to two land-based court-designated nuisance wind turbines, Wind 1 and Wind 2, which are now slated to be dismantled.
Residents worried about the EMF, electric-magnetic field from the 345,000 volts AC, Alternating Current buried cables next to their homes. The wind company talked of changing the cable current to DC, Direct Current but very few studies have been done in the United States regarding the exposure to HVDV, High Voltage Direct Current cables on nearby residential homeowners.
An East Falmouth resident said that the project should be moved to Fall River or Boston by submarine cable and that he is disappointed in the town government.
“It’s got to end right here and now,” the resident said. “You’ve been intentionally torturing my friends and the citizens of Falmouth with the two town-owned wind turbines. It’s time to find a new place for your power supply.”
In 2020 a consulting group with offices in Boston, Brussels, Chicago, London, Madrid, New York City, Rome, San Francisco, Sydney, Toronto, and Washington, DC. did a study showing an ocean wind turbine submarine cable grid that avoided Falmouth, Massachusetts. ( See Photograph )
The plan shows only three ocean wind submarine cables needed from the offshore wind lease areas directly to the power usage destinations in Boston, Fall River, and Connecticut.
The first submarine cable from the offshore wind sites provides power directly to (Boston) the Mystic power station in Everett, Massachusetts. The sea link saves electric ratepayers from rebuilding the overland electric grid from Cape Cod to Boston. This cable also avoids the need for an onshore wind cable through the residential locations in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Recently on June 8, at a public meeting, Falmouth residents overwhelming spoke out against the onshore cable route and power plant the size of the Falmouth Mall.
The second undersea cable provides power directly near (Fall River) to the old Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts.
The third sub cable goes directly to the grid in Connecticut.
The safest route is all submarine cables depicted in the picture in this article.