New England Wind Turbine HVDC Converter Stations Drinking Water

Can Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut afford to allow acres of high voltage direct current converter stations near lakes, streams, wetlands, wells, and aquifers?

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These stations convert offshore wind direct current power to onshore alternating power of 220,000  to 345,000 volts in your neighborhoods.

These HVDC plants will be coming to Maine 
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Massachusetts has two proposed sites: Falmouth and Fall River Massachusetts
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Offshore wind companies are planning two six-acre 1200 megawatt high-voltage direct current converter stations. These converter stations will change offshore high-voltage direct current (HVDC) to high-voltage alternating current (HVAC) between 220,000 to 345,000 volts.  
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The first HVDC converter station is Brayton Point near Fall River, Massachusetts the site of a former industrial 300-acre coal-burning plant now a brownfield site. The plant burned 10,000 pounds of coal a day from a nine-acre storage area.    
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The second proposed 6-plus acre HVDC converter station is in Falmouth, Massachusetts. Falmouth comprises a residential community, multiple distinct villages, boating, and the Cape's most popular vacation destination.
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The Town of Falmouth gets 50 percent of its water from a reservoir and 50 percent from wells. The high voltage direct current converter station is proposed within the Cape Cod Aquifer which provides 100 percent of the Cape's drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency under the Safe Drinking Water Act has designated the Cape water supply as a Sole Source Aquifer.  
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The proposed onshore wind-buried cable route will extend from Falmouth Heights Beach through residential neighborhoods to the HVDC converter substation at either 396 Gifford Street or 486 Thomas B Landers Road.
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These high-voltage converter stations are new to the United States. The station will produce acoustic noise and serious levels of radio frequency interference. In Massachusetts, a noise nuisance is defined as: "a substantial and unreasonable interference with the use and enjoyment of someone else's property."  
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The town-owned wind turbines were deemed a noise nuisance by the courts and removed.
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During lightning strikes, accidents, mechanical failures, and overloads concrete containment is required for the HVDC converter station to prevent contaminating the Cape Cod aquifer in case of a spill. Overheating of transformer cooling fluids presents a major hazard and risk of fires and explosions. 
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(Note# Robots inspect HVDC converter stations )
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In 2010 and 2012 there was a lot of political pressure to build megawatt wind turbines promising a revenue stream for 25 years. The Falmouth assistant town manager and wind turbine manager said: “We took on a huge risk and I think we were successful but we’re a large community and I think we can take on that risk.” 
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Today again there is a lot of political pressure to reach the Massachusetts renewable energy goal by 2025. Offshore wind contractors want to partner with the town providing around only 1 (one) percent of the annual budget for twenty years. 
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Falmouth on January 9, 2024, is redefining the wind energy system bylaws.
 
Can Maine and New England afford to risk the drinking water? 

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Comment by Frank Haggerty on January 2, 2024 at 10:24am
Falmouth Zoning Bylaw
Falmouth Planning Board is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, January 9, 2024, at 6:30 pm. Falmouth Town Hall 59 Town Hall Square, Falmouth, MA, 02540 Read up on this: it includes not only wind turbine permissions, but also multi-use housing developments, water usage issues, etc. 

 

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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