February 12 (Renewables Now) - There is no chance for the 800-MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind project near Massachusetts to go live in 2022, its developer said on Tuesday following a review in the federal government’s permitting process schedule.
The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) recently released the revised permitting timeline for the project, indicating that the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) will be issued in December, more than a year later than the previous target. Vineyard Wind LLC, a 50/50 partnership between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables LLC, initially hoped to complete the public and regulatory review for the ambitious project by the middle of August 2019.
BOEM’s assessment will include an evaluation of the proposed project’s impact on commercial fishing and navigation along the east coast. The agency has scheduled a new milestone in June when it will publish a supplement to the draft EIS, which is already available in the federal register.
“While we need to analyze what a longer permitting timeline will mean for beginning construction, commercial operation in 2022 is no longer expected,” said Vineyard Wind’s CEO Lars Pedersen.
Vineyard Wind has long-term power purchase contracts with Massachusetts’ electric distribution companies (EDCs) to start supplying electricity from the complex by January 2022.