The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is to resume the environmental review of Vineyard Wind’s proposed offshore wind project and proceed with development of a Final Environmental Impact Statement
Newly-appointed BOEM director Amanda Lefton said, “Offshore wind has the potential to help our nation combat climate change, improve resilience through reliable power, and spur economic development to create good-paying jobs. BOEM is committed to conducting a robust and timely review of the proposed project.”
On 22 January 2021, Vineyard Wind submitted a letter rescinding its temporary construction and operations plan (COP) withdrawal and requesting that BOEM resume review of the 800-MW project offshore Massachusetts.
Vineyard Wind had paused the department’s consideration of its proposal while it reviewed whether the use of Haliade-X turbines warranted any modifications to their COP.
President Biden issued an Executive Order on 27 January 2021 that called for the Interior Department to identify steps to accelerate responsible development of renewable energy on public lands and waters.
A BOEM statement said Interior “has initiated a review of processes and procedures to date as it re-invests in a rigorous renewable energy programme.”
Responding to the announcement by BOEM, Vineyard Wind said “We are very pleased BOEM has decided to move forward with the permitting process for our Vineyard Wind 1 project.
“We look forward to working with the agency as we launch an industry that will create thousands of good paying jobs while also taking meaningful steps to reduce the impact of climate change.”
Vineyard Wind said it still expects to reach financial close in H2 2021 and to begin delivering clean energy to Massachusetts in 2023.