Why isn't anyone upset at Nantucket Electric's new cable?
A few days ago in the Boston Globe and in today's Cape Cod Times there are articles and photos showing Nantucket Electric building a new electric transmission line across Nantucket Sound in order to meet the Nantucket's surging electric demand. To see the map larger, click here and here to see other maps for the project.
In the last decade 4,000 new homes almost all with air conditioning and loads of other electricity consuming devices have been built on the island.
Double the length, none of the criticism
Since this cable is double the length of Cape Wind's planned cable and is going through the very same waters in Nantucket Sound, have you ever wondered why the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound and WindStop are not throwing themselves in front of the construction vessel?
Have you ever wondered why the Alliance spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on lawyers and so called experts fighting Cape Wind's 13 mile cable at the Mass Energy Facility Siting Board and is still appealing the Board's very favorable decision while not attending or uttering a peep during Nantucket Electric's breeze through hearings.
16 months for some, 5 years for others
Epsilon Associates of Mayard MA built the 26-mile submarine cable from Harwich to Nantucket. The project evaluation and permitting were completed in 16 months. Permitting requirements included Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) review, a Chapter 91 license, wetlands permitting, community meetings, and Cape Cod Commission review. Evaluation of additional supply was considered but not required. A follow-up study was conducted to address environmental and permitting issues with respect to increasing electrical supply to the island with either a second cable or on-Island generation.