Cape Wind Electric Lines Approved

A wind turbine may generate electricity, but getting the power from an ocean turbine to the shore is a necessary second step to complete a wind farm. Cape Wind, a turbine project proposed on the Horseshoe Shoal off of Cape Cod, received a tentative approval from the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) on the project’s proposal to install electric transmission lines.

Cape Cod, Massachusetts – July 6, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Approval was based on consideration of the state’s need for power, the project’s economic benefits and the effect the wind farm could have on air quality in the state. The two, 18-mile long transmission lines will carry 115 kV of power from the turbines to the shore. Consideration of the proposal lasted 22 months. “For three years the public has been hearing claims about the Cape Wind project from supporters and proponents,” project President Jim Gordon said. “For the first time a regulatory agency has reviewed key aspects of the project and has determined that Cape Wind will provide the needed energy to Massachusetts, will reduce harmful pollutant air emissions and reduce electricity prices.” Text from the board’s approval stated that the power from the wind farm is needed to help meet the state’s regional renewable energy profile, and that the board believes the project will provide an average annual savings of US $25 million per year for New England power customers.
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