Bluewater Wind Turbines Will Have Above Ground Transmission Lines

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The Director of Development for Nextera Energy fielded questions from Bluewater councillors last night regarding Nextera’s decision to go with an above-ground transmission line.

The line will run through Bluewater to the Seaforth sub-stations and councillors wanted to know why Nextera was not willing to bury the line underground.

Nicole Geneau responded that the industry standard was to go with above-ground lines, adding that in the long-term above-ground lines were more reliable, required less maintenance and presented fewer safety risks. Read article

8 thoughts on “Bluewater Wind Turbines Will Have Above Ground Transmission Lines

  1. Tell us why then are the lines along the Lake Erie shoreline being buried? Cottagers and local residents are being told that we will have fewer power outages in the Haldimand region if the lines are buried along the banks of the narrow lakeshore road to the tune of 35,000 kilowatts of power. As we all know they will be giving out stray voltage in a flood plain region.
    Why do wind companies have to ask if the lines can be shared using the Hydro poles for distribution …Don’t they know the regulations?

  2. “Nicole Geneau responded that the industry standard was to go with above-ground lines,”
    this need to be veted. What standard and in what country?

  3. Avoter, I wondered the same thing. Are Bluewater councillors simply taking the word of this Nextera employee at her say-so?

  4. The 2 minute council meeting – ‘ta da’

    ‘[excerpt] The line will run through Bluewater to the Seaforth sub-stations and councillors wanted to know why Nextera was not willing to bury the line underground.

    Nicole Geneau responded that the industry standard was to go with above-ground lines, adding that in the long-term above-ground lines were more reliable, required less maintenance and presented fewer safety risks.’

    Development on the Bluewater Wind Energy Centre began in 2006 by Canadian Green Power. In 2007, NextEra and Canadian Green Power began working together. This wind energy project is expected to have a maximum generating capacity of up to 60 megawatts. The wind farm will be located in Bluewater Township, with electrical interconnection extending into Huron East. At the maximum generating capacity, the Bluewater Wind Energy Centre will produce enough energy for approximately 15,000 homes in Ontario. This project has been awarded a Feed-in-Tariff contract by the Ontario Power Authority and has received the approval from the Ministry of the Environment on its Renewable Energy Approval application.
    http://www.nexteraenergycanada.com/projects/bluewater.shtml

    And, Wake me up – when it’s all O – ooooooover!

    • Nicole knows her stuff:
      ‘[excerpt] Nicole Geneau responded that the industry standard was to go with above-ground lines, adding that in the long-term above-ground lines were more reliable, required less maintenance and presented fewer safety risks.’’

      What she forgot to say:
      ………..it’s about the money. NextEra works for shareholders only.

  5. The company officers and board members are making money hand-over-fist out of wind and solar projects.
    Just take a look at the insider stock trading data for this company.

  6. aren’t we always told how well all this green energy works in Europe, and isn’t that the standard that wind companies want to apply here in Ontario? I know for a fact that ALL transmission lines in Germany are buried because a buried line requires NO maintenance.

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