May 13 (Renewables Now) - The developer of the up to 800-MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm in US waters has obtained permits for the project's connection to the regional grid in Massachusetts.
Vineyard Wind, a 50/50 partnership between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables LLC, announced the milestone on Thursday and said onshore construction is still planned to begin later this year. The permit was awarded by the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) and entitles the developer to build and operate electric transmission and interconnection facilities for the wind farm.
In May 2018, Vineyard Wind became the winner in Massachusetts' first offshore wind solicitation and secured the right to negotiate contracts for the construction of the wind park off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. It targets to bring the wind farm online by 2021.
Upon completion, the plant will consist of 84 units of 9.5-MW wind turbines that are capable of generating enough power each year to meet the consumption of more than 400,000 homes and businesses.
The project is still in the permitting stages and needs to undergo federal, state and local approval processes. Its long-term power purchase contracts with Massachusetts’ electric distribution companies was approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities in April.