Vineyard Wind Projects
Vineyard Wind Projects
Barnstable, Massachusetts and offshore in Federal Lease Area OCS-A 0501
Epsilon is leading the federal, state, regional, and local permitting for two pioneering offshore wind energy projects proposed by Vineyard Wind, LLC. These renewable energy projects will be located on the Outer Continental Shelf in offshore federal lease area OCS-A 0501, just over 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Vineyard Wind, LLC is a partnership between experienced wind developers Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid Renewables, headquartered in the U.S.
The two projects, 501 North and 501 South, will generate clean, renewable, cost-competitive energy to help the Commonwealth reach its stated goal of providing 3,200 MW of electricity from offshore wind by 2035. These projects will also create jobs and help spur economic growth in southeastern New England.
The 800 MW 501 North Project is on track to be the first commercial utility-scale offshore wind farm constructed in the United States. Epsilon managed preparation of the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) detailing the 501 North Project’s planned construction and operational activities as required by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the lead federal permitting agency. Epsilon’s talented team of energy experts, engineers, coastal scientists, and ecologists has been instrumental in achieving Vineyard Wind’s aggressive schedule milestones. The BOEM Record of Decision on 501 North is expected in 2019. The project has obtained a Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Certificate as well as approvals from the Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB), Cape Cod Commission, Martha’s Vineyard Commission, and the Nantucket and Barnstable Conservation Commissions. Epsilon also led the permitting efforts for a range of other federal, state, local and regional permits. Pending final approvals, onshore construction is planned to begin in late 2019 and offshore construction in 2020, with operation of 501 North planned for 2022.
Epsilon continues to work closely with Vineyard Wind, BOEM, and other involved parties to design, coordinate, and conduct extensive technical studies for both projects that inform the siting of the offshore wind turbine generators (WTGs), the offshore submarine transmission cables, and onshore transmission routes to connect the Projects to the existing New England electric grid. The multidisciplinary studies are undertaken to identify resources that could be affected by each project, and the project designs are refined to avoid or minimize significant impacts as feasible.
Offshore field studies are underway for the 501 South Project. Epsilon is leading the federal, state, regional, and local permitting efforts for this second project proposed by Vineyard Wind.