Mayflower Wind Ocean Wind Cable Short Circuits On Land
Falmouth Massachusetts Select Board Postponed Health & Safety
Mayflower Wind an ocean wind turbine company met with the Falmouth Select Board in March 2020 to discuss a proposal placing an 800-megawatt ocean export cable from Falmouth Heights to Blacksmith Shop Road and placing a new electric substation on Blacksmith Shop Road.
Mayflower Wind has power purchase agreements with as many as six Massachusetts utility companies. The power generated by Mayflower Wind will cost 5.8 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
In February the utilities that selected Mayflower Wind for the ocean wind project raised serious concerns at several stages of the process about the company’s ability to complete the project by 2025, according to a report by an independent report by Peregrine Energy Group.
On September 16 Mayflower Wind got permission from the Falmouth Conservation Commission to start test drilling at Falmouth Heights. The ocean company met with the Falmouth Select Board on October 5 but failed to answer questions posed by the board. The meeting was continued until October 26 for permission of the Select Board to allow the test drilling on town property.
At the October 26 meeting, local residents and abutters to the proposed cable route of the 800-megawatt cable raised concerns over the health and safety of EMF, electromagnetic fields around the cable in residential locations. It’s not known if GIL gas-insulated lines would be used to mitigate magnetic radiation.
The ocean wind turbine contractors did not attend the meeting and told board members they would get back to them later.
The Falmouth route is far less expensive to get to the electric grid than ocean wind turbine cables. The cable cost for submarine offshore wind turbine cable for 3-core XLPE range from 35 to 46 million dollars installed per mile.
A former candidate for the Falmouth Select Board, David Moriarty, headed up a local citizen group bringing attention to the high voltage lines both underground and in the air through residential locations.
Residents would like to see the cable go to the Canal Power Plant, New Bedford, or Fall River rather than buried 5 to 9 miles through residential locations.
When you are worried about the EMF radiation from house cables and power cables, don’t forget to learn about the underground cables. If there are underground cables below or near your property or office, you should read this article.
Falmouth Select Board October 26, 2020
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