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Mid-Cape Reliability Project

Why Are We Doing This Project?

This upgrade is one of a group of projects designed to improve the reliability of the electric system serving the Southeastern Massachusetts and Greater Cape Cod areas, both today and in the future.

Where Is This Work Being Done?

The new line would be constructed between the Bourne Switching Station and West Barnstable Substation. This proposed project also includes an expansion of the western side of the West Barnstable Substation.

The preferred route runs approximately 13 miles within an existing right of way (power line corridor), passing through portions of Bourne, Sandwich and Barnstable.

As part of the siting process, an alternative, hybrid overhead and in-street route will also be offered for the Massachusetts Energy Facility Siting Board’s (EFSB) consideration. This proposed solution would run overhead for approximately 6.1 miles in the existing right of way from the Bourne Switching Station to Quaker Meeting House Road in Sandwich. The line will then transition underground and extend approximately 7.9 miles to run underneath Quaker Meeting House Road in Sandwich, Service Road and Oak Street in Barnstable, and then connect into the West Barnstable Substation.

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When Is The Work Being Done?

  • Public open houses: July 29 and 30, 2019
  • Filed Environmental Notification Form for review under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA): November 2019
  • Filed siting petition with the EFSB: November 8, 2019
  • EFSB public hearings: November 2, 4 and 6, 2020
  • EFSB Remote Siting Board Meeting: December 15, 2022
  • EFSB Siting Board Approval: Received December 15, 2022
  • Start of construction: Q1 2023
  • Projected in-service date: Q4 2023

*subject to change

About this project

  • Route length: 13 miles
  • Line voltage: 115,000-volt (115-kV) transmission line
  • Siting review by: EFSB

Siting Review

This project requires approval from the EFSB. The EFSB siting process includes both public and evidentiary hearings. The public and other interested stakeholders are given the opportunity to participate in the siting process through the EFSB-sponsored public hearing. Owners of property abutting and near the project will be informed of the public hearing dates and are encouraged to participate.

The EFSB Public Comment Hearing was held virtually on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

The EFSB conducted a remote Siting Board Meeting via Zoom on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 1 p.m.. For more information, visit mass.gov.  

To learn more about the siting process and how to participate, visit the EFSB website.

Community Outreach

We will continue to engage with town officials, residents, businesses, community groups and other stakeholders through municipal briefings, open houses and meetings – answering questions and listening to concerns about the project.

We hosted public open house in Barnstable on July 29, 2019, and in Sandwich on July 30, 2019, to give local residents, business owners, and other interested stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions, and provide feedback.

We will continue these outreach efforts as the proposed project proceeds through the siting process and into construction.

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Have Questions?

Keeping the lines of communication open is an important part of our work in your community.

For more information about this project, please call the project information hotline at 1-833-836-0302 or email ProjectInfoMA@eversource.com.