Vineyard Wind submits two Massachusetts wind bids

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 17/09/2021 Vineyard Wind
Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc., and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), submitted two proposals in response to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for offshore wind energy projects in Massachusetts.

The “Commonwealth Wind” proposals offer options of approximately 800 MW and 1,200 MW. They are proposed to be developed in an area just south of the company’s
Vineyard Wind 1 and Park City Wind projects. Commonwealth Wind will adhere to the 1 x 1 nautical mile spacing between turbines, which was endorsed by the United States Coast Guard as the preferred layout for safety and navigation. 

“Just one day after announcing that Vineyard Wind has brought the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind farm to financial close, we are incredibly proud to submit our ‘Commonwealth Wind’ proposals. We have used all of our experience with our existing portfolio to put together an incredibly strong proposal that, if selected, will ensure Massachusetts benefits significantly from its first-mover status in pioneering offshore wind at scale in the U.S.,”
said Lars T. Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind.  “We have deliberately named our proposals ‘Commonwealth Wind’ to underline the broad benefit of affordable energy to the entire Commonwealth as well as the significant economic benefits that will be delivered to multiple regions of Massachusetts.”

“Commonwealth Wind builds on our strong track record of successfully developing and financing offshore wind projects to deliver clean energy to Massachusetts,” said Bill White, Head of U.S. Offshore Wind for Avangrid Renewables. “We look forward to working with community leaders across the Commonwealth to create good paying jobs, continue addressing the urgent climate challenge, and bring transformational investments across the state.”  

“This proposal underscores CIP’s commitment to developing a robust offshore wind industry in the U.S. while also showing the tremendous potential for investment and job creation at a large scale,” said Christian T. Skakkebæk, Senior Partner and Co-founder of CIP.

In the coming month Vineyard Wind expects to kick off onshore work for its
Vineyard Wind 1 project for which it announced had financial close this week. Offshore work is expected to follow in 2022 with he first power from Vineyard Wind 1 slated for 2023.

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