Vineyard Wind, the joint venture between Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of Avangrid Inc and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), says it wants to press ahead with the offshore wind project
A review of the project has confirmed that no changes to its construction and operations (COP) plan are necessary following its decision to use GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X offshore wind turbine.
On 25 January 2021, Vineyard Wind notified the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) that the company is rescinding its December 2020 request to withdraw the COP for Vineyard Wind 1, allowing the federal permitting process to resume.
Vineyard Wind chief executive Lars Thaaning Pedersen said, “We have completed our final review and determined that no changes to the COP are necessary as a consequence of selecting the GE Haliade-X Turbine for the project.
“Since there are no changes required to the COP, we expect that BOEM can finalise its review based on the extensive analysis and studies of the project over the last three years.
“We look forward to completing the permitting phase of the project and to finalising the engineering, contracting and financing of the first utility scale offshore windfarm in the US.”
In December 2020, Vineyard Wind announced the selection of GE Renewable Energy’s Haliade-X wind turbine generators, the most powerful turbine currently available to developers.
As a part of reaching this important milestone, Vineyard Wind decided to temporarily withdraw the COP from further review by BOEM to conduct a final technical review associated with including the Haliade-X in the final project design, work that has now concluded.
Vineyard Wind expects to reach financial close in the second half of 2021 and to begin delivering clean energy to Massachusetts in 2023.
Vineyard Wind 1 is an 800-MW project located 24 km off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and is expected to become the first large-scale offshore windfarm in the US.