BOEM further delays Vineyard Wind review

In: Windfarms

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM's) Final Record of Decision for the
Vineyard Wind 1 offshore wind farm is expected on 15 January 2021, a month later than originally expected. The project's Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is scheduled for publication on 11 December.

Despite the further delay, Vineyard Wind maintains the it is on track. A spokesperson for the project commented: “Minor delays like this are not uncommon and we look forward to publication of the FEIS on December 11th.  We are confident that we’ll be able to make the investment decision by mid-2021 as planned and deliver the project in the announced time frame.”

Vineyard Wind 1, an 800 MW offshore wind farm to be located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, is slated to be the first commercial scale offshore wind farm in the United States. It will consist of 84 turbines, each with a 9.5 MW capacity, and is expected meet the energy needs of over 400,000 homes and businesses. Vineyard is aiming to have the project operational by 2022. The project is being developed by Vineyard Wind LLC based in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The company is 50 percent owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and 50 percent by Avangrid Renewables.

The project is expected to generate electricity for more than 400,000 homes and businesses across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and reduce carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million tons per year. The wind farm was selected in May 2018 by Massachusetts electric utilities to provide 800 MW of wind generation following a request for proposals.

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