Example of Correct Method Using Ocean Wind Submarine Cables No need for offshore wind cables through residential locations
New England States RFI Asks Stakeholders for Ocean Cable Funding
Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island
Federal Funding Avoids Onshore Wind Cables Through Residential Locations
Originally a Boston company proposed placing an offshore submarine cable from the offshore wind sites directly to Boston. This would have eliminated the need for cables for example through the Town of Falmouth, Massachusetts to the grid locations.
The need for cables through the Falmouth is not a climate emergency. The cable route is a cost saving to offshore wind companies as the cost of submarine cables is enormous.
The bottom line is that offshore wind companies should run their cables using submarine cables to the large cities that will use thousands of megawatts of power rather than the cost-saving method of going to the closest oceanfront residential community. The residential community is then used as a cost-saving way to get to the electric grid and power distribution systems.
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Massachusetts and other states are asking to leverage funds for offshore wind cables
A stakeholder is either an individual, group or organization that’s impacted by the outcome of a project or a business venture. Stakeholders have an interest in the success of the project and can be within or outside the organization that’s sponsoring the project.
On September 1, 2022, 5 New England States (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island) announced a joint initiative to explore investment in electric transmission infrastructure needed to better integrate clean energy resources such as, but not limited to, offshore wind, while improving the reliability, resilience, and affordability of the grid for the regions’ electricity customers.
The States are releasing a joint Request for Information seeking comment on an initiative to integrate offshore wind and other resources in a cost-effective, reliable and efficient manner—including opportunities to leverage federal funding for New England transmission investments under the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
This Notice (Notice) of Request for Information (RFI) is being issued by the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island (Participating States)1 to solicit comment from interested stakeholders, electric transmission industry representatives, offshore wind developers, and others regarding changes and upgrades to the regional electric transmission system needed to integrate renewable energy resources, including but not limited to offshore wind resources, as well as significant other new renewable resources developed in areas of the region requiring new transmission to integrate into the New England bulk electric system.
The States will hold a Technical Meeting on October 7, 2022, at 10:00 a.m.