PERMITTING

Check this page for the next steps in the Vineyard Wind permitting process, and the latest information about public agency meetings and opportunities for public comment.

+ OVERVIEW

The Vineyard Wind project is subject to permitting, review, and consultations with nearly 30 different agencies at the federal, state, local, tribal, and regional levels.

The lead federal permitting agency is the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Visit BOEM’s webpage for the Vineyard Wind project for further information, and current opportunities to submit comment and public meeting schedule. The detailed project proposal is contained in the Construction and Operations Plan (COP), which is available on this BOEM webpage.

The Vineyard Wind Connector, the transmission cables bringing the clean energy from the turbine area 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard to the New England grid connection point in Barnstable, is subject to approval by the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board. In addition, the project is subject to review under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act.

Vineyard Wind encourages active participation in the permitting process! Please email us at info@vineyardwind.com if you have any questions or concerns about the permitting process and how you can participate and be heard.

In addition to the formal permitting process, Vineyard Wind staff is continuously meeting with fishermen, local residents and other stakeholders. Visit our community connections page to connect with the right project staff person about any questions or concerns you might have.

+ UPCOMING PUBLIC AGENCY MEETINGS AND PUBLIC COMMENT

There will be multiple public agency meetings and opportunity to submit public comment. This section shows current information and will be updated throughout the permitting process.

FEDERAL PERMITTING

Currently a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) is being prepared by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management. The DEIS is expected to be available for public comment in the Fall of 2018. When the DEIS is available, we will post updates and directions for providing comment in this space.

STATE PERMITTING

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), prepared in accordance with the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act, is now available for public review. The DEIR is available at the link here and hard copies of the DEIR are available for viewing at the following locations below.

In addition to the Draft Environmental Impact Report, Vineyard Wind will be preparing a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) in order to provide more information and data from on-going surveys and studies, and provide more detailed responses to questions from regulators and the public. The SEIR will be available for public review and comment once it is submitted. Please check this space or sign-up here for project updates to learn when the SEIR is filed and how to provide comment.

Hyannis Public Library
401 Main Street
Hyannis, MA 02601

South Yarmouth Library
312 Old Main Street
South Yarmouth, MA 02664

West Yarmouth Library
391 Main Street Route 28
West Yarmouth, MA 02673

Edgartown Public Library
26 Edgartown Road
Edgartown, MA 02539

Mashpee Public Library
64 Steeple Street
Mashpee, MA 02649

Questions about the MEPA process can be addressed to purvi.patel@state.ma.us