August 12 (Renewables Now) - The US Department of the Interior has formally decided to extend the environmental review process for the 800-MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind project near Massachusetts, it announced last week.
The government will delay the issuance of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the scheme so as to conduct a supplemental study on the potential cumulative impacts of offshore wind in the area. The delay comes as “a surprise and disappointment” for the developer.
Vineyard Wind LLC, a 50/50 partnership between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables LLC, announced that the project is still viable, but urged the federal government to complete the review “as quickly as possible.”
According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the move undermines the Trump Administration’s American energy dominance agenda and contradicts with the broad bipartisan support for the project.
Vineyard Wind in July informed BOEM that continuing with the project in the current configuration would be “very challenging” if it was unable to secure environmental permit this summer.