Offshore Wind Wreaks Havoc On Cape Cod 

The wind industry has transformed residential neighborhoods on Cape Cod vacation destinations into unprecedented uncertainty pitting neighbor against neighbor. These state and town officials get offered and take tens of millions of dollars to save the wind companies hundreds of millions. Residents of these towns end up with high voltage cables through their neighborhoods. 
To put the power of these 800-megawatt offshore wind cables in perspective the Plymouth Nuclear Plant's maximum output was 680 megawatts. These industrial strengths 800-megawatt cables are to be buried in the street outside your front door.
Several years ago the best and original proposals called the planned method were made to run four very expensive ocean wind turbine submarine cables from the offshore wind site 30 miles off the coast of Massachusetts to Boston, Fall River, Rhode Island, and Hartford, Connecticut. These locations are the ultimate destination of power. 
Massachusetts state officials dropped the planned method and are now allowing foreign offshore wind companies to plow sets of electric cables up to 345,000 volts at 800 megawatts under some of the finest beaches in the world and then through residential communities. There are five wind locations with 2400 megawatts of power each requiring sets of 345,000-volt cables to make landfall all over Cape Cod. There is a possibility of 15 communities affected by Rhode Island and Cape Cod. 
This method being approved by the state saves wind companies from running the long-distance ocean submarine cables to the major use cities. The wind companies simply come on shore as close as they can get to the old electric grid. 
The electric grid in Massachusetts and Cape Cod today is by most standards antique and in need of upgrades. Bringing offshore wind power onto the Grid on Cape Cod presents another major problem. The power still needs to go by land off the Cape to get to Boston and other major use locations. Electric ratepayers unknowingly will have to pay for major land upgrades rather than the wind companies running ocean submarine cables to the major cities. 
It may also be worth mentioning there are no health studies in the United States for the 220,000 to 345,000 high voltage direct current buried cables proposed through the residential communities.
The first beach torn up on Cape Cod was Covell's Beach in Centerville.( Pictures above)  Other towns and locations all over Cape Cod are having second thoughts about allowing two or three cables buried through their towns.
The Falmouth Select Board recently voted against an offshore wind company as the wind company pulled an end run going to the state legislature to bypass Falmouth zoning bylaws enacted to protect the public. The town bylaws are approved by Falmouth Town Meeting and Massachusetts Attorney General. The wind company also wants to run cables under historic Falmouth Heights Beach.
Finally, another wind company wants to run cables under Dowses Beach in Osterville. A peninsula beach, Dowses beach is a birding beach known for piping clovers spending the summer. The village of Osterville is a wealthy enclave with plenty of boat clubs, and high-end shops for full-time and summer residents. 
Most residents of Osterville believe the offshore wind project is an ill-conceived and environmentally destructive project. All these cable landings on Cape Cod are multiyear heavy industrial projects interfering with the fragile ecosystem.
Massachusetts state officials and foreign wind contractors are proceeding despite growing public opposition asking why the wind companies run their cables to Boston by submarine cable rather than destroy Cape Cod vacation destinations.
The Massachusetts land-based wind projects since Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed charges against former Massachusetts state representative Mark Howland for his alleged "unscrupulous" business practice as a wind turbine supplier have been a disaster. 
Massachusetts had a land-based wind agenda of 2000 megawatts of wind power by 2020. The total now is around 110 megawatts and most turbines are being curtailed or removed over noise nuisance issues. 
How could any state official think the ocean projects will end up any other way?

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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 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?" 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.”

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"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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