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Vineyard Wind gets green light on cable

The state Energy Facilities Siting Board approved petitions Thursday that will allow Vineyard Wind to land its high-voltage electricity transmission cables on Barnstable’s southern shoreline and connect them to a new substation off Independence Way in Hyannis.

BOSTON — The state Energy Facilities Siting Board approved petitions Thursday that will allow Vineyard Wind to land its high-voltage electricity transmission cables on Barnstable’s southern shoreline and connect them to a new substation off Independence Way in Hyannis.

“We want to thank the residents and officials of the town of Barnstable who took the time to explore opportunities to address local concerns while simultaneously delivering enough cost-competitive, carbon-free energy to serve 6% of the commonwealth’s electricity demand, making the project a real win-win-win,” said Erich Stephens, Vineyard Wind’s chief development officer.

The siting board’s decision on the 800-megawatt offshore wind project was the final approval needed to allow the cables to be laid in Barnstable. The location is a switch from Vineyard Wind’s original choice of Yarmouth, which the company had considered but eventually thought better of after controversy over environmental concerns about Lewis Bay. Vineyard Wind had largely abandoned the Yarmouth cable route by October when the company signed a $16 million host community agreement with Barnstable.

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BOSTON — The state Energy Facilities Siting Board approved petitions Thursday that will allow Vineyard Wind to land its high-voltage electricity transmission cables on Barnstable’s southern shoreline and connect them to a new substation off Independence Way in Hyannis.

“We want to thank the residents and officials of the town of Barnstable who took the time to explore opportunities to address local concerns while simultaneously delivering enough cost-competitive, carbon-free energy to serve 6% of the commonwealth’s electricity demand, making the project a real win-win-win,” said Erich Stephens, Vineyard Wind’s chief development officer.

The siting board’s decision on the 800-megawatt offshore wind project was the final approval needed to allow the cables to be laid in Barnstable. The location is a switch from Vineyard Wind’s original choice of Yarmouth, which the company had considered but eventually thought better of after controversy over environmental concerns about Lewis Bay. Vineyard Wind had largely abandoned the Yarmouth cable route by October when the company signed a $16 million host community agreement with Barnstable.

The offshore wind company intends to start construction later this year.

“The Baker-Polito administration is pleased that the Energy Facilities Siting Board’s decision brings the commonwealth one step closer to the completion of the largest offshore wind project in the country, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, position Massachusetts as a hub for the emerging offshore wind industry, and provide Massachusetts ratepayers with affordable clean energy,” said Katie Gronendyke, spokeswoman for the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Vineyard Wind has also been solidifying connections to local educational institutions in recent days.

On Friday, the company and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center plan to announce the establishment of offshore wind workforce training programs at six schools across the state, including Cape Cod Community College.

The college in West Barnstable is partnering with Vineyard Wind to launch a non-credit college course to address global and state trends, local career and supply chain opportunities and technology basics related to offshore wind, according to a statement from the college.

More info:

  • What: Cape Cod Community College course Offshore Wind 101: Energy, Climate and Jobs
  • When: Begins 6-8 p.m. June 4 and June 6
  • More info: Cost is $49. Students must register by May 28. To register, go to capecod.edu/web/ccpe/courses.

The classes are intended for business and manufacturing professionals, entrepreneurs, workers in marine, construction, welding and other trades, and high school and college students.

“We know that the future of energy in this region and beyond will rely heavily on offshore wind,” Cape Cod Community College President John Cox said in the statement. “With the prospect of multiple offshore wind project developers leasing sites near our shores, our College and the residents of the Cape and Islands are uniquely positioned to lead this next phase of energy growth in our country.”

The first session of the Offshore Wind 101 pilot taught by faculty member Christopher Powicki includes “wind energy fundamentals, why Cape Wind failed, and how a new generation of local projects will succeed,” the statement says.

The second session will focus on career opportunities and other benefits from offshore wind projects in Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond and will feature a guest speaker on Vineyard Wind, according to the statement.

“The creation of the offshore wind industry in the U.S. offers broad economic opportunities for the region. Community colleges are well-positioned to provide an important pipeline for local people to play a part in growing the industry locally,” Stephens said.


Source: https://www.capecodtimes.co...

MAY 10 2019
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