Achieving Milestones - America's First Large-scale Offshore Wind Farm
Avangrid Renewables continues to achieve key milestones on the path toward developing the country’s first large-scale offshore wind farm, Vineyard Wind, jointly owned with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP). This project will be able to generate clean, renewable, cost-competitive energy for over 400,000 homes and businesses across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It will also help reduce carbon emissions by over 1.6 million tons a year. With Massachusetts seeking to provide 3,200 MW of offshore wind to the Commonwealth by 2035, Vineyard Wind can help make that goal more of a reality. An inter-governmental task force assessed a location for Vineyard Wind, taking careful consideration of scientific data and public input. 160,000 acres were leased, south of Martha’s Vineyard, and will consist of wind turbines, generating 8 MW of power, collected by an offshore substation.
In late November, Vineyard Wind identified its preferred turbine supplier to be MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, maker of the V164-9.5 MW™ offshore wind turbine, which was named Best Offshore Turbine 2017 by Windpower Monthly Magazine. Vineyard Wind is expected to install 84 of those turbines.
Last week, in an event with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind announced that they will establish Boston as their U.S. base., advancing the state’s lead in the burgeoning U.S. offshore sector.
Vineyard Wind is very proud that our competitive bid for cost-effective offshore wind generation is bringing the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbines to Massachusetts and we applaud the decision of MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to establish its North American headquarters here in the Commonwealth,” said Lars Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind. “By delivering new jobs, innovation and locally produced carbon-free energy, Vineyard Wind and MHI Vestas are setting the stage for a new industry in the Bay State.
Vineyard Wind continues to advance through the permitting process for its initial 800 MW offshore wind project in federal waters 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, with operations expected to begin in 2021.
Vineyard Wind added another offshore lease to its portfolio, by winning an auction for a competitive lease sale in federal waters off the coast of Massachusetts. The offshore project, which is another joint venture with CIP, submitted the winning bid for one of three lease sales administered by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), securing development rights to a 132,370-acre offshore area.
“Winning this lease from BOEM is an exciting step, as it demonstrates our commitment to this important and growing industry, and enables Vineyard Wind to expand the local and regional partnerships as we move forward developing the first large U.S. wind farm offshore Massachusetts next year,” said Avangrid Renewables CEO and President Laura Beane.
The three lease areas auctioned are located 19.8 nautical miles from Martha’s Vineyard. Vineyard Wind’s new lease area is anticipated to support approximately 2 GW of commercial wind generation, enough electricity to power roughly one million Massachusetts homes.
This project will also support the UN Sustainable Development Goals including Affordable & Clean Energy, Industry, Innovation, & Infrastructure and Climate Action.