FAQs: Cape Wind's Operations

Question: Where will the electricity go?

Answer: In order to get the electricity generated by the winds on Horseshoe Shoal into homes, schools and businesses on Cape Cod, Cape Wind will connect into the electric grid at the Barnstable substation through underground cables. From there, the electricity will follow the path of least resistance and be consumed by electric consumers closest to the source, typically on the Cape and Islands.

Question: What happens when the wind changes direction?

Answer: The wind turbines will be highly dynamic and they will interact with their environment by sensing changes in wind speed and direction and by making physical adjustments. The nacelle, which sits on top of the tower and which the blades connect into, is capable of making a full 360 degree rotation and the blades can also feather to maximize the wind power production of the wind turbines as the wind changes direction.