April Infrastructure: Mayflower Wind

At the Infrastructure Committee’s April meeting, Mayflower Wind community liaison officers Kelsey Perry and Dugan Becker reported on the offshore wind project slated for Falmouth.  Mayflower Wind is a wind energy developer with an offshore wind farm lease area 30 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 20 miles south of Nantucket. It is a fifty-fifty […]

March Infrastructure: Sustainability

Over the years, the Infrastructure Committee has incubated other committees and projects. Open Cape was originally conceived within this committee, as was Smarter Cape. At the Infrastructure Committee’s March meeting, two committee members brought forward the idea of organizing a sustainability committee. The topic of sustainability is not new to the Tech Council. Beginning in […]

February Infrastructure: ARPA priorities

Following the Infrastructure Committee’s January meeting, the Tech Council’s Board of Directors approved the Committee’s recommendation on ARPA spending that included broadband as well as transportation and renewable energy. It was reported that by the end of the comment period the County Commissioners had received over 5,000 comments on prioritization of ARPA funds earmarked for […]

January Infrastructure: ARPA funding priorities

At its January meeting the Infrastructure Committee discussed how to respond to the Barnstable County Commissioners’ request for comment regarding priorities for the $41.3 million dollars of federal grant funds allocated to Barnstable County from the American Rescue Plan Act (“ARPA”). The 15 towns of Barnstable County will also receive $26.1 million in ARPA funds. […]

December Infrastructure: from FalmouthNet to Provincetown’s battery back-up

At the Infrastructure Committee’s November meeting, Cape Light Compact requested a letter of support regarding the Department of Public Utilities’ review of their existing plan. The Tech Council Board approved this request and the Committee sent its comments to the DPU. The Board of Advisors to FalmouthNet recently hosted a presentation by Jim Ballard, a […]

November Infrastructure: Vineyard Wind and Cape Light Compact updates

At its November meeting, the Infrastructure Committee had updates from Vineyard Wind and Cape Light Compact. Nathaniel Mayo and Rosalie DeCosta of Vineyard Wind presented an update on current projects, including the Vineyard Wind 1 project which the Tech Council has supported. Vineyard Wind is in partnership with Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Parnters. They […]

October Infrastructure: Air Quality & MA Energy Efficiency Plan

At the Infrastructure Committee’s October meeting Dr. Jane Ward shared information from a talk she gave to the American College of Occupational Environmental Medicine. Jane’s talk on air quality referenced the 1918 flu pandemic, when they ran out of room in hospitals and set up tent clinics in Boston. As the pandemic progressed, patients who […]

September Infrastructure: Broadband resources

At the September meeting of the Infrastructure Committee, sub-committee members submitted a list of helpful articles and links to broadband resources to share on the Tech Council’s webpage. While it is not intended as a comprehensive list, it gives a sense of some of the resources available, including information on how to contact local Town […]

July Infrastructure: FalmouthNet

We heard from two sub-committees at the Infrastructure Committee’s July meeting: The Broadband subcommittee has compiled a list of resources to be added to the Tech Council website. This list in progress will give specific examples of local broadband initiatives and how they were accomplished, including Massachusetts Broadband Institute and municipal networks. There will also […]

June Infrastructure: the digital divide

Committee members at the Infrastructure Committee meeting in June reported that the FCC’s Emergency Broadband Benefit has been successful, with many eligible households accessing the program. The committee is curious to see what the program’s circulation has been on Cape Cod. . Committee members also reported that the EBB program has been criticized as being […]