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We all win with wind. 

The Vineyard Wind project presents a historic opportunity to ignite our local economy by making southeastern Massachusetts the nation's epicenter for offshore wind.  The proposal makes strategic investments in people, places, businesses, and infrastructure throughout our community while generating clean, affordable and reliable power that we can all feel good about. 

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 JOBS

3,600 new, full-time jobs created throughout the project - starting with construction jobs in 2019.

RATEPAYER BENEFITS

An estimated $3.7 billion in energy related cost savings.

Reliability

Up to 800 MW power provided to Cape Cod, which sits on the edge of New England's electric grid.

LOOK LOCAL FIRST

Reliance on local businesses, contractors, and providers throughout project development as a company policy and priority. 

GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTIONS

The elimination of over 1.25 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. 

INVESTMENTS OF $15M

Vineyard Wind is committing up to $15 million in three initiatives that will build a skilled offshore wind workforce centered in southeastern Massachusetts, attract additional investment in infrastructure and supply chain development, and advance technologies that will allow for greater expansion of offshore wind, while continuing to protect marine mammals. 

OFFSHORE WIND INDUSTRY ACCELERATOR FUND: $10 MILLION

Vineyard Wind is committing to invest up to $10 million in projects and initiatives to accelerate the development of the offshore wind supply chain, businesses, and infrastructure in Massachusetts.  Launched this year, the Fund will attract investments to upgrade or create new facilities or infrastructure needed to develop the offshore wind industry in the Commonwealth.  Vineyard Wind is proposing that the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center manage the fund, working with a steering committee of regional economic stakeholders to guide investment decisions.  

WINDWARD WORKFORCE: $2 MILLION

The Windward Workforce program will recruit, mentor, and train residents of Massachusetts, particularly southeast Massachusetts, for careers in the Commonwealth’s new offshore wind industry.  These programs will ensure that Massachusetts is able to provide the workforce needed for the first - as well as all future - offshore wind projects in the US.  The experience gained from working on the first commercial offshore wind project in the US, Vineyard Wind, will be invaluable in launching careers in offshore wind for Massachusetts residents.  The ultimate objective of the Windward Workforce program is for Massachusetts to have the best trained, most experienced offshore wind workforce in the US. The Windward Workforce program will be undertaken in partnership with labor unions, vocational schools, community colleges, the Fishing Partnership Support Services, and others.  

WHALES AND WIND FUND: $3 MILLION

The Whales and Wind Fund will fund development and demonstration of innovative methods and technologies to enhance protections for marine mammals as the Massachusetts and US offshore wind industry continues to grow.  Developing such protections is important to ensure the sustained, unfettered growth of the US offshore wind industry, while also maintaining effective protections for marine mammals.  

 

COMMUNITY FIRST

Vineyard Wind understands the importance of working collaboratively with stakeholders in local communities to earn public confidence as a trusted partner. Vineyard Wind is committed to delivering significant benefits, including the generation of hundreds of thousands annually in new property tax revenues for towns hosting the Vineyard Wind Connector route - at no cost to the town. The project will become a valuable  source of revenue for the town for 25 years or more.

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT & MITIGATION

A Traffic Management Plan (TMP) will be reviewed and approved by town officials, and will maintain safe access to all affected properties during construction.  Vineyard Wind will pay for the town to hire a construction monitor to ensure full compliance with the TMP and to serve as a point of contact for residents to answer questions or address concerns.

THOUGHTFUL CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES

All work in public ways will be completed during the off season. Passage along roadways will be maintained on all major roadways during construction, so as to ensure continuous access for residents.  All affected public roads will be repaved to as new condition once construction is finished.