Vineyard moves three turbines

By: James Bernthal-Hooker

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25/06/2019 Vineyard Wind
The final turbine array for Vineyard Wind, the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the United States, has been adjusted. Vineyard Wind, LLC has relocated three 9.5 MW turbines in order to boost mitigation for fishermen and historic preservation on Nantucket and Vineyard.

The original design had these three turbines near the Nantucket Historic District and Chappaquiddick, which comprises the eastern end of Martha's Vineyard. This adjustment creates additional distance between generators and important commercial fishing areas. The redesign will also help fishing vessels to travel smoothly. The change is made possible by Vineyard Wind’s 2017 federal permit application, which permitted developers to specify more turbine locations than they actually planned to use, thereby creating flexibility.

Responding to community and stakeholder input, Vineyard Wind has negotiated with Rhode Island’s commercial fishing sector in efforts to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale, and has taken measures including suspending pile driving under certain circumstances. The company has also proposed to install an Automatic Detection and Lighting System (ADLS) to reduce the use of red flashing aircraft warning lights, and to reduce turbine visibility during daylight hours via the use of white-grey paint.

Vineyard Wind was selected in May 2018 to negotiate long-term contracts with Massachusetts’ electric distribution companies for construction of an 800 MW offshore wind farm, 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. The project is currently on track to commence construction this year and enter operations in 2022.

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