Vineyard Wind offers a new project near the first American offshore wind farm


Vineyard Wind rental area south of Martha’s Vineyard (in blue) (BOEM / Vineyard Wind)

Posted on Sep 18, 2021 2:56 AM by

The maritime executive

Vineyard Wind, the developer of the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the United States, has submitted two new project proposals off the coast of Massachusetts. The news comes just a day after the company secured funding for Vineyard Wind 1, a long-awaited development off Martha’s Vineyard.

The two new “Commonwealth Wind” proposals off the coast of Massachusetts are two options, with a capacity of 800 MW and 1,200 MW each. Both proposals would be developed just south of the 800 MW Vineyard Wind 1 project, spanning the company’s already licensed facility.

“Just one day after announcing that Vineyard Wind has financially closed the country’s first large-scale offshore wind farm, we are incredibly proud to submit our ‘Commonwealth Wind’ proposals,” said Lars T. Pedersen, CEO of Vineyard Wind. “We have deliberately named our proposals ‘Commonwealth Wind’ to emphasize the broad benefit of affordable energy for the Commonwealth as a whole as well as the significant economic benefits that will be provided to many parts of Massachusetts.”

If built, Commonwealth Wind will use the same nautical mile spacing between wind turbines as Vineyard Wind, a standard model that has been approved by other players in the offshore wind industry and the United States Coast Guard.

Between Vineyard Wind 1 and an adjacent project still pending permit (Park City Wind), Vineyard Wind has a capacity of approximately 1,600 MW in its development pipeline. Park City Wind began its federal review process in 2021 and is currently undergoing various licensing processes at the local, state, and federal levels.

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