Without additional community action, foreign-owned Deepwater Wind LLC will land its 230,000-volt electric cable on Beach Lane beach and then run 460,000-volt lines throughout Wainscott. While we are very supportive of alternative energy sources (e.g., wind, solar) and conservation, installing permanent power line infrastructure in the water and on land (including at least 20 permanent vaults the size of ocean shipping containers along the land route) will permanently alter an already fragile, eroding beach and community. Deepwater itself has identified multiple viable and more reasonable already-identified alternatives.
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Deepwater only recently (Fall 2018) filed for permission to land its massive high-power cable on Beach Lane, one of the most popular public and scenic beaches in the Hamptons. Due to the community’s work together, Deepwater:
- Divulged it now would run powerlines twice as powerful on Wainscott Beach, Beach Lane beach and other local Wainscott roads than originally communicated. Deepwater subtly amended its original filing to:
- Double the capacity of its ‘export’ line: It will now be 230,000 volts, rather than its originally communicated 138,000 volts; and
- Double the onshore lines: It wants to run two 230,000-volt lines, so 460,000 volts total, throughout Wainscott;
To put that in perspective:
- The new voltage is equivalent to having extra-high voltage (EHV) overhead power lines running just beneath the surface. EHV-classified lines start at 345,000 volts and are used for long distance, very-high power transmission; and
- These high-voltage cables have the capacity to deliver 8X more electricity than can be generated by the planned and communicated 90-megawatt wind farm;
2. Admitted for the first time it will need to dig at least 20 permanent vaults the size of ocean shipping containers (the smallest of which is 26’4” x 9’4” x 10’) throughout Wainscott. For example, its construction plans show that two of these massive vaults alone will be in front of our beloved Lisa and Bill’s Farm Stand; Continue reading “Stop Deepwater from destroying our beach and hamlet”