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.  For any questions regarding the permitting process, please email Nate at nmayo@vineyardwind.com.

+ 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. For more information about the federal permitting process, please visit BOEM’s page for the Vineyard Wind project here.

STATE PERMITTING

On September 5, 2018, Vineyard Wind submitted the project’s Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Report (SDEIR) to the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Office (MEPA.) The full report can be accessed here and hard copies are available at the locations listed below. This report provides supplemental information to the Draft Environmental Impact Statement, filed on April 30, 2018.

Public input is a critical part of the permitting process and as such, we encourage all members of the public to participate by submitting comment either online or through the mail. All comments will be taken into consideration as MEPA reviews the report and provides feedback to Vineyard Wind in preparation for the filing of a Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR).

The SDEIR captures additional project refinements following the award and negotiation of long-term contracts with Massachusetts’ electric distribution companies (EDCs) for construction of an 800-megawatt (MW) wind farm 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. More information on the updates found in the SDEIR can be found here.

Public comment on the SDEIR should be submitted by October 5, 2018 to purvi.patel@state.ma.us and addressed to:

      Mr. Matthew Beaton, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs
      Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)
      Attn: MEPA Office
      Purvi Patel, EEA No. 15787 (Vineyard Wind Connector)
      100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
      Boston MA 02114
      (Comments may also be mailed to this address)

Hard copies of the SDEIR can be found at the following locations:

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