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EFSB 21-03/D.P.U. 20-56/20-57: Petition of Mayflower Wind Energy LLC (“Mayflower Wind”) pursuant to G.L. c. 164 §§ 69J, 72, and G.L. c. 40A, § 3, for approval to construct electric transmission lines and a new substation in the Town of Falmouth.

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Public Comment Hearing – Postponed

The public comment hearing has been postponed. The Siting Board will provide further notice on the new date, when available. This webpage will also be updated with the information at that time.

 

 

Project Information

Map image of project offshore and onshore routes

Map image of project offshore and onshore routes

Map image of project onshore routes, landfall to new substance and POI

Map image of project onshore routes, landfall to new substance and POI

Mayflower Wind Energy LLC (“Mayflower Wind” or “Company”), located at 101 Federal Street, Boston, Massachusetts, has filed three related petitions with the Energy Facilities Siting Board (“Siting Board”) and the Department of Public Utilities (“Department”).  Mayflower Wind has filed these petitions for approval to construct approximately 27.5 miles of electric transmission lines offshore in Massachusetts state waters (passing through state waters in the Towns of Nantucket, Edgartown, Tisbury, Oak Bluffs, and Falmouth) and onshore in the Town of Falmouth, at voltages between 200 and 345 kilovolts (“kV”), along with a new substation in the Town of Falmouth (“Onshore Substation”) (the “Project”).  The purpose of the Project is to connect Mayflower’s proposed offshore wind energy generation resource (the “Offshore Wind Resource”, also referred to by Mayflower Wind in its petitions as the “Clean Energy Resource”), located in federal waters, to the regional transmission system in New England.

Mayflower Wind’s proposed Project consists of (1) electric transmission lines offshore in Massachusetts state waters (passing through state waters in the Towns of Nantucket, Edgartown, Tisbury and Oak Bluffs, and Falmouth); (2) electric transmission lines onshore in the Town of Falmouth, including two potential landfall sites; and (3) a new substation in the Town of Falmouth.  The purpose of the Project is to connect Mayflower Wind’s Offshore Wind Resource to the New England electric grid

Mayflower Wind’s filing identifies an offshore Export Cable Corridor (“ECC”) for the offshore portion of the Project, two primary alternatives for the onshore route (the “Proposed Route” with one potential variant to the route, and the “Noticed Alternative Route” with three potential variants to the route), and two primary alternatives for the Onshore Substation location.  A final approved route could include a combination of segments of the Proposed Route, the Noticed Alternative Route, and/or their variants.

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Project Filing with EFSB

Mayflower Wind Energy LLC filed three related petitions with the Siting Board and Department.  The petition to construct the Project includes the following information: (1) a description of the Project; (2) an analysis of the need for the Project; (3) a description of the alternatives to the Project; and (4) a description of the environmental impacts of the Project. 

Schedule

This section will be updated when the EFSB develops a procedural schedule for this proceeding.

Accommodation Requests

The EFSB has standardized procedures for requesting special accommodations in a proceeding.  Reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities are available upon request.  Include a complete description of the accommodation you will need and a way we can contact you if we need more information.  Please provide as much advance notice as possible.  Please note that it may not be possible to accommodate last minute requests.  You may contact the ADA coordinator at melixza.esenyie2@mass.gov.

Interpretation services for those with limited English language proficiency are available upon request.  Include in your request the language required, and a way to contact you if the Presiding Officer needs more information.  Please provide as much advance notice as possible.  Last minute requests may not be able to be accommodated.  Contact the Presiding Officer (contact information below).

Siting Board Statues and Regulations

Mayflower Wind’s three petitions have been consolidated for hearing before the Siting Board under docket number EFSB 21-03/D.P.U. 21-142/21-143.  Under G.L. c. 164, § 69J, the Siting Board will review Mayflower Wind’s filing to determine whether the Project would provide a reliable energy supply for the Commonwealth with a minimum impact on the environment at the lowest possible cost.  Under G.L. c. 164 § 72, the Siting Board will determine whether the proposed Project is necessary for the purposes stated, serves the public convenience, and is consistent with the public interest.  Under G.L. c. 40A, § 3, the Siting Board will determine whether the requested zoning exemptions in Falmouth are required for the Project and whether the present or proposed use of the land or structures is reasonably necessary for the public convenience or welfare.

The Siting Board will not review the Offshore Wind Resource itself (including the turbine array, related equipment, and a portion of the transmission line) as it is located in federal waters and therefore is subject to federal jurisdiction and review.

Please visit the link below to learn more.

Energy facility siting laws and regulations | Mass.gov

Contact

Any person desiring further information regarding this proceeding, including information regarding intervention or participation in the adjudicatory proceeding, may contact the Presiding Officer at the following telephone number or email address:

Robert J. Shea, Presiding Officer
Energy Facilities Siting Board

One South Station

Boston, MA 02110
(617) 851-4246
robert.j.shea@mass.gov

 

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Contact

Phone

EFSB/DPU Siting Division (617) 305-3525
DPU Main (617) 305-3500

Fax

(617) 443-1116

Address

Department of Public Utilities
1 South Station, 5th floor
Boston, MA 02110
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