Project Update: U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Updates Hearing Schedule for Draft Environmental Impact Statement

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Project Update: U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Updates Hearing Schedule for Draft Environmental Impact Statement

(New Bedford, MA; February 1st, 2019) – The United States’ Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced a new schedule for public hearings to accept comments on the agency’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Vineyard Wind’s proposed 800-megawatt (MW) wind farm to be constructed in federal waters south of Martha’s Vineyard and approximately 34 miles south of the Cape Cod mainland. The will hearings take place during the week of February 11 to 15 in Hyannis, New Bedford, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Narragansett, RI.

BOEM also has reopened the public comment period for the Vineyard Wind DEIS. Comments should be submitted no later than February 22nd at https://www.boem.gov/Vineyard-Wind/. BOEM’s rescheduled public hearings will be held at the following locations, dates and times:

February 11, 2019
Nantucket Atheneum
1 India Street
Nantucket, MA
Open House 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
Presentation and Q&A 5:30 PM


February 12, 2019
Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center
130 Center Street
Vineyard Haven, MA
Open House 5 PM to 8 PM
Presentation and Q&A 6 PM

February 13, 2019
Double Tree Hotel
Cape Cod Room
287 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, MA
Open House 5 PM to 8 PM
Presentation and Q&A 6 PM


February 14, 2019
Fairfield Inn and Suites
Waypoint Event Center
185 MacArthur Drive
New Bedford, MA
Open House 5 PM to 8 PM
Presentation and Q&A 6 PM


February 15, 2019

Narragansett Community Center
53 Mumford Road
Narragansett, RI
Open House 5 PM to 8 PM
Presentation and Q&A 6 PM

The DEIS analyzes potential environmental impacts associated with proposed actions as set forth in Vineyard Wind’s Construction and Operations Plan (COP) that was submitted to BOEM in 2017. Public input informs BOEMN’s preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement. Full details regarding the public meetings and directions for submitting comment can be found on Vineyard Wind’s website, www.vineyardwind.com

When the Vineyard Wind project becomes operational, it will reduce Massachusetts’ carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million tons per year, or the equivalent of removing 325,000 cars from state roads while offering $3.7 billion in energy-related cost savings to the New England region over the life of the project.

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About Vineyard Wind

Vineyard Wind LLC is an offshore wind development company seeking to build the first large-scale offshore wind energy project in the US, to be located 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. Vineyard Wind, based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, is 50 percent owned by funds of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and 50 percent by Avangrid Renewables. For more information, visit www.vineyardwind.com.


Vineyard Wind Press Contact: Scott Farmelant, 617-939-6582, scott@millspr.com

Lauren Fowler