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Company proposes replacing Everett power plant with offshore wind farm

The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports on one company's proposal to replace the Mystic Station with a wind farm off Plymouth.

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A mighty wind blows. Magoo.

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The electricity would come from the sharkier shallow areas south of the Vineyard and Nantucket. Big ships avoid here because the water is not that deep. Charter fishing boats and the world's biggest complainers; commercial fishing boats go here though.

The power would go up through lines along the Southcoast which hook into the old lines coming out of Plymouth.

There then would be a new cable up off of the South Shore from Pilgrim, where commercial lobster people will complain about having to pay attention while operating their boats, to Mystic.

There are no plans for windfarms off of Plymouth because off of Plymouth is Provincetown and its the periphery of Stellwagen Bank and whales, you know whales, the endangered species that fishermen complain are killing their business every year, but somehow they keep fishing.

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It's an interesting idea. My first thought is, are they sure digging up the sea bed for an underwater cable from Plymouth to Revere is environmentally safe?

It's also interesting that the owner of the giant gas power plant in Everett wants to close it, but the New England power grid said no, so now we all have to pay them a subsidy to keep it belching until someone finds a substitute source of power. I tend to think of private companies as the polluting bad guys and regulators as the ones trying to shut them down, but this is the opposite.

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We've been laying cables on the seabed for a very long time, and have gotten quite good at it. Modern cables are laid by robots that shoot a jet of seawater down onto the seabed. It creates a channel maybe a few feet deep, the cable is laid, and the sand settles down on top of it over the next hours and days, effectively burying it by a few feet. The ocean just keeps humming along.

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It's also interesting that the owner of the giant gas power plant in Everett wants to close it, but the New England power grid said no, so now we all have to pay them a subsidy to keep it belching until someone finds a substitute source of power.

No, they don't want to close. What actually happened is that the cost of their power is higher than the market price, and the market wants them to close. Only they're necessary for reliability, so they get to collect a higher price for the power they produce than everybody else gets because, according to them, their costs are higher and if they don't get paid more they will cease operating.

It's not an uncommon event in wholesale energy markets, and it typically lasts between a few months and a few years as the grid operator builds an alternative to allow them to close while maintaining reliability. Could be a new transmission wire, a new power plant elsewhere in the load pocket, or even some combination of solar PV on rooftops and energy efficiency in buildings.

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But the beautiful people will have to look at them. The consequences of the presence of power plants and pollution are supposed to be exported to places where the poor, uncultured flyover people, or Canadians live.

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