Pilgrim Station eyed as site for hydroelectric power cable

A Canadian energy company is looking to build a 900 megawatt power cable from New Brunswick, Canada, to Massachusetts.

The cable could potentially terminate at the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station. The 370-mile cable would start at Saint John, New Brunswick, making it one of the longest underwater power cables in the world, according to Robin McAdam of Emera, the company proposing to build the cable.

Officials from Emera presented their plan to the Board of Selectmen, Tuesday night.

The project is in competition with a number of  others to bring Canadian hydroelectric power  to New England. In August, Massachusetts passed legislation to procure 1200 megawatts of hydroelectric and wind power for the state.

Emera is looking at Pilgrim Station as a location due to existing electrical substation there, though other locations would be considered, Gerald Weesen, of Emera, said. “Pilgrim, in an ideal world, would make sense,” he said.

A similar project, the Maine Green Line, is also looking at Pilgrim Station as a location.

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