Vineyard Wind – First large-scale offshore wind energy project

November 29, 2018

Development of the United States first large-scale offshore wind energy project a little under 15 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. The project will generate renewable, clean and cost-competitive energy for over 400,000 homes and businesses across the Commonwealth. The wind generated will reduce carbon emission by over 1.6 million tons per year. This is equivalent of removing 325,000 cars from the state’s roads.

Massachusetts state law seeks to have 3200 MW of offshore wind providing electricity to the Commonwealth by 2035. This would represent over 20% of electricity consumed in the state, making Vineyard Wind’s contribution to the goal very important.

84 wind turbines are proposed for the 160,000-acre area south of Martha’s Vineyard. First wind is targeted by 2021, following the completion two years ago of the five-turbine demonstration project off Block Island, which is now owned by Orsted US Offshore Wind.

In late November Vineyard Wind selected MHI Vesta as their supplier for the 800 MW wind farm. Instillation of the wind turbine is due to commence in 2019. During Vineyard Wind’s lifespan the project will be offering US$3.7 billion in energy-related cost saving.

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