Plymouth: Proposal to Build Converter Station on Pilgrim Site Goes Before Selectmen

In 2019, Plymouth will begin to lose jobs and tax revenue when the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant closes. A new proposal won’t bring back the jobs, but could restore the revenue. In response to a Massachusetts law to promote energy diversity, a Canadian company, Emera, proposes an undersea cable transmitting wind and hydro generated electricity 374 miles from New Brunswick to Plymouth. When the Plymouth plant closes, its miles of transmission lines connecting to the New England grid will remain. Emera proposes to connect to them. The company has negotiated a real estate deal with Pilgrim owner Entergy Corporation to build a converter station on 20 acres of the Plymouth site. Tuesday night Emera executives promised Plymouth Selectmen the operation would produce little noise and light pollution.

WATD’s Charles Mathewson has this report:

 


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About Charles Mathewson

Charles Mathewson worked in print journalism for more than two decades as a reporter and editor, and has won several regional and national awards. He resides in Plymouth where he writes fiction and paints, when not producing award-winning news as a reporter for WATD.