There they go with the "aging transmission lines" again. Why do they never figure the cost of new transmission lines (and a lot of other things) into the costs typically cited?
EARLIER THIS MONTH, Attorney General Maura Healey posed a fundamental question to the Department of Public Utilities. Now that Massachusetts has proclaimed a goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, how do we get there? Implicit in Healey’s question is our recognition that the entire world must do this together. If we don’t, Boston and all the other great coastal cities will soon find themselves underwater.
In the face of global catastrophe, we see a glimmer of hope. Within the past two years, the US offshore wind energy industry has grown from 1,600 megawatts of commitments in Massachusetts alone to just under 30,000 megawatts of state commitments from Maine to Virginia. That’s enough electricity to power New England.
To think about 2050 for real is to think big – 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind is a good start, but we need 300,000 megawatts in order to transition our East Coast energy system to renewables. An industry of 300,000 megawatts would mean half a million new jobs, a chance to put social justice front and center on our coastlines, and over a trillion dollars of private investment in our energy infrastructure.
The full propaganda piece can be read at the following weblink:
Author Eric Hines directs the offshore wind energy graduate program at Tufts University, where he is the Kentaro Tsutsumi professor of the practice in structural engineering.