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Cape Wind Scientific Monitoring Station ~ Current Conditions
In preparation for America’s first offshore wind farm, - capable of powering on average three-quarters of the Cape and Islands with clean, renewable energy - Cape Wind has erected a meteorological data tower on Horseshoe Shoal, in Nantucket Sound. As part of our continued commitment to the community we are providing current weather and sea conditions to the public.

Current Conditions

Last updated:    Thu Apr 17 23:21:04 2014 EDST • Wind speed, direction and gust, air temperature and pressure are updated every 10 minutes.

We have gathered all of the sea temperature, current, and wave data we need for the design and engineering of the wind farm. We have removed the equipment from the sea bed and will no longer be posting these data on the website. We will continue to post the wind, pressure, and air temperature data on our website as well as the potential output of the wind farm and emissions reductions.

The information at this website is provided for informational purposes only. Please see full disclaimer below.

Wind direction*† (WD):   --
Wind speed* (WS):   --
Wind gust* (WG):   --
Barometric pressure** (BP):   --
Air temperature** (AT):   --
* Reading taken at 20 meters above mean sea level
** Reading taken at 10 meters above mean sea level
† Wind, current and wave direction is in degrees clockwise from true North
 
If Cape Wind were operational since we started monitoring this data we would have produced the following amount of clean renewable energy and greenhouse gas offsets:

14,408,392
cumulative MW hours
7,461,717
tons of CO2 offset*
*CO2 offsets are based on ISO New England Marginal Emissions Rates.
 
     
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Power output is based on wind speed at 75 meters above surface.

The average electric demand of the Cape & Islands is 230 MW [from NSTAR].

If Cape Wind were running today, we would be offsetting emissions from other regional sources of electricity. Exactly which fuel source we will offset is difficult to quantify because the "mix" of energy sources being utilized by the grid is based upon non-public price information and varies from hour to hour. However, over the past hour, generating the same amount of energy from oil, coal or natural gas would have created the following estimated emissions.

 

 
 
OIL (lbs/hour)1
COAL (lbs/hour)2
GAS (lbs/hour) 3
SO2
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NOX
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CO2
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1 Oil emission rates for NOx, SO2 and CO2 taken from EPA eGRID emission database for Canal Electric for 2000
2 Coal emission rates determined from EPA eGRID
3 Gas Emission factors taken from permits issued for Exelon facilities (formerly owned by Sithe Energy) at Everett and Weymouth. CO2 from Ramapo Energy Project analysis

Click here to learn more about our energy supply.
Click here to learn more about the environmental impact of the pollutants listed above.

Please check back frequently to see updated calculations of the wind farm’s potential output and emissions offsets.


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