Vineyard Wind delivery date pushed back

by Tom Russell in Windfarms 12/02/2020 Vineyard Wind

Vineyard Wind LLC has released a statement following a notice from the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) regarding the permitting timeline for the
Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm project. BOEM informed Vineyard Wind that the publication of its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) has been delayed.

Vineyard Wind is a joint venture owned 50% by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and 50% by Avangrid Renewables. The 800 MW array is to be contained within a 160,000 acre (647km2) lease area, 14 miles (24km) from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. 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. The wind farm project was selected in May 2018 by Massachusetts electric utilities to provide 800 MW of wind generation following a request for proposals.

Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind, commented on the notice: “We have received updated information from the Department of Interior that indicates the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Vineyard Wind I project will be published later than what was previously anticipated. While we need to analyze what a longer permitting timeline will mean for beginning construction, commercial operation in 2022 is no longer expected. We look forward to the clarity that will come with a final EIS so that Vineyard Wind can deliver this project to Massachusetts and kick off the new US offshore energy industry.”

The FEIS is part of Vineyard Wind’s public and regulatory review process, which involves evaluation by more than 25 federal, state, and local regulatory bodies, including BOEM, the Army Corps of Engineers, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Cape Cod Commission, the Martha’s Vineyard Commission, and local conservation commissions.

To date,
Vineyard Wind has received permits or approvals from a number of organisations and regulatory bodies. This includes the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB), an independent state board responsible for review of proposed large energy facilities, the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act office, the Cape Cod Commission, the Barnstable Conservation Commission, the Martha’s Vineyard Conservation Commission, and the Nantucket Conservation Commission.  

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