July 24 (Renewables Now) - Massachusetts has enacted bi-partisan legislation giving a local authority the power to facilitate the construction of the interconnection between the 800-MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm and the power grid.
The legislation directs the Barnstable Town Council to grant an easement for a portion of Covell’s Beach where the interconnection for the huge wind farm will be installed, Vineyard Wind said on Tuesday.
“With the easement, Vineyard Wind can move forward with a program that features minimally invasive burial techniques 30 feet below the tideline with no disruption to the shoreline,” said Erich Stephens, chief development officer for Vineyard Wind.
The legislative vote follows a Host Community Agreement (HCA) between the developer, which is a 50/50 partnership between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables LLC, and the Town of Barnstable. Under its terms, the town will get annual payments of at least USD 1.53 million in property taxes, and community payments of USD 16 million (EUR 14.4m) in total for hosting the wind farm’s cabling route.
The 84-turbine plant, to be built 15 miles (24 km) south of Martha's Vineyard, will be the US' first large-scale offshore wind farm following completion. It is currently going through federal, state, and local approval processes.
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