Turbines will soon be installed in New England’s waters to harvest the region’s powerful winds.
However, to collect and bring that wind energy to New Englanders’ homes, electric cables will need to be designed, manufactured and buried. Often overlooked (they are buried in the mud at the bottom of the ocean, after all), cables are a critical link in connecting wind farms to the electric grid.
New England Cable Map
In our map, you can see potential cable locations for each lease area if each developer is responsible for injecting their own power into the grid. Alternatives exist for a centralized offshore grid, which would reduce the number of cables coming to shore but increase the dependence of wind farm developers on components outside their immediate control.