August 8 (Renewables Now) - The joint venture that develops the up to 800-MW Bay State Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts has revised its plans for the offshore wind park, making significant changes to the turbine layout pattern.
Bay State Wind, which is equally owned by Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) and Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES), said on Monday that the new layout reflects suggestions made by fishermen and local stakeholders.
The feedback received by the project developer has indicated that the irregular turbine layout pattern of the previous plan could obstruct fishing in and transiting through the wind farm area. That is why Bay State Wind has decided to realign the layout so that the turbines are located in rows running East to West, which is the preferred orientation for fishing, it explained. In addition, the new plan creates distinct fishing corridors by including an average of one nautical mile between turbine rows.
Ørsted and Eversource intend to file a construction and operations plan with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in early 2019. The updated turbine layout will be included, Bay State Wind noted.