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Vineyard hands in Massachusetts offshore wind expansion plan

Developer proposes options for one 400MW and two 800MW wind arrays despite hold-up on landmark US project

Despite delays in the development of the US’s first commercial-scale US offshore wind farm, Vineyard Wind has submitted proposals to build a set of further large-scale offshore wind arrays off the coast of the US state of Massachusetts.

The developer owned 50% each by Iberdrola’s Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners sent the proposals to Massachusetts Electric Distribution Companies (EDCs) as part of the state’s Section 83C procurement for clean energy generation and transmission.

They include an option for a 400MW array and two options for the development of an 800 MW project.

“Vineyard Wind is very excited to submit these proposals, which offer significant job creation and port infrastructure investment opportunity for the region, while ensuring an attractive, fixed price for electric ratepayers,” said Vineyard Wind chief executive Lars Pedersen.

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“We look forward to announcing additional details on this exciting project in the weeks ahead.”

The proposed project, referred to as Vineyard Wind 2, would be built in Vineyard Wind’s lease area, and located south of the Vineyard Wind 1 project. The design for Vineyard Wind 2 features turbines in rows aligned in an east-west direction, with spacing of 1 nautical mile between turbines.

The developer last week had said it will need four to six weeks to assess the impact of a delay of the environmental green light by a federal agency of its first project, the 800MW Vineyard Wind 1.

Vineyard Wind had planned to complete a first 400MW of Vineyard Wind 1 by the end of 2021 and the other 400MW by the end of 2022.

That schedule could now be endangered, particularly the completion by end-2021 of the first half.

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