Baker administration, Vineyard Wind schedule announcement
Focus is 'future of offshore wind in Massachusetts'
THE BAKER ADMINISTRATION scheduled a press conference for Tuesday with top officials from Vineyard Wind “to discuss the future of offshore wind in Massachusetts,” prompting speculation that the offshore wind developer’s federal environmental impact statement has secured its final approval.
In a media advisory issued at 9:15 p.m. Monday, the Baker administration said a press conference with Lars Pedersen, the CEO of Vineyard Wind, is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon at the Wind Testing Technology Center in Charlestown.
No announcement was made on the website of the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.Vineyard Wind acquired a lease area 14 miles southeast of Martha’s Vineyard in 2005 and won a contract from Massachusetts utilities to provide them with power in 2017. The company subsequently filed a construction and operations plan with the federal government in December 2017.
A supplemental environmental impact statement was issued in June 2020, but it was never finalized and Vineyard Wind ultimately withdrew its application on December 1 to explore use of a bigger wind turbine generator. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management terminated work on the environmental impact statement on December 16, a decision that was reversed by the Biden administration on February 3 after receiving word from Vineyard Wind that its proposal didn’t need tweaking. Just over a month later, on March 8, the Biden administration issued the final environmental impact statement and indicated final approval would be forthcoming soon.