Vineyard Wind

What’s New?

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a Notice of Availability (NOA) in the Federal Register on December 7, 2018 for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that was developed to determine whether to approve, approve with modifications, or disapprove the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind LLC. The COP describes Vineyard Wind's proposed project which is to construct, operate, and decommission an approximately 800-megawatt (MW) wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts.

The publication of the NOA will open a 45-day public comment period which would close on January 22, 2019. During this time, BOEM will conduct five public meetings and accept comments. The input received via this process will be used to inform preparation of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

Public meetings will be held during the comment period at the following locations:

New Bedford, Massachusetts
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
New Bedford Whaling Museum,
18 Johnny Cake Hill
New Bedford, Massachusetts 02740
Open House 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A 6:00 p.m.

Narragansett, Rhode Island
Wednesday: January 9, 2019
Narragansett Town Hall, 25 5th Avenue
Narragansett, Rhode Island 02882
Open House 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A 6:00 p.m

Hyannis, Massachusetts
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Double Tree Hotel, Cape Cod Room
287 Iyannough Road
Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601
Open House 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A 6:00 p.m.

Nantucket, Massachusetts
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India Street
Nantucket, Massachusetts 02554
Open House 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A 6:00 p.m.

Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Martha’s Vineyard Hebrew Center
130 Center Street
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts 02568
Open House 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Presentation and Q&A 6:00 p.m.


Wind Development Area ESP

Construction and Operations Plan

Vineyard Wind submitted its COP in December 2017. BOEM will review the COP and approve, disapprove, or approve with modifications the proposed activities. This submission will initiate another round of environmental review and public comment under the National Environmental Policy Act.

At its nearest point, the project area is approximately 14 miles from the southeast corner of Martha’s Vineyard and a similar distance from the southwest side of Nantucket. Water depths where the turbines would be located range from approximately 37 to 49 meters (approximately 121 to 161 feet).

Visual Simulations

As part of the construction and operation plan submission, Vineyard Wind prepared visual simulations of what their project would look like from various locations. These simulations were prepared as part of the larger Visual Impact Assessment which is Appendix III-H.a of the COP. For easier access, please find the project area of potential effects (APE) as well as visual simulations from Nantucket below.

In addition, Vineyard Wind prepared a night time video simulation and (Summer, Fall) daytime video simulations to show what the proposed offshore wind facility would look like under various conditions.

EIS Scoping Meeting Materials

Site Assessment Plan

On May 10, 2018, The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management approved the Site Assessment Plan (SAP) for Lease OCS-A 0501 (Vineyard Wind). The SAP approval allows for the installation of up to two Fugro SEAWATCH Wind LiDAR metocean buoys.  For additional information, please find the approved SAP below:

Vineyard Wind requested a 1-year extension for submitting its SAP, which BOEM approved.  Vineyard Wind initially filed the SAP in March 2017, followed by revisions in July, October, and November 2017.  BOEM deemed the SAP complete and sufficient on November 21, 2017.

For more information on wind energy development offshore Massachusetts, please see:

Environmental Review:

On March 30, 2018, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced its Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Construction and Operations Plan (COP) submitted by Vineyard Wind LLC (Vineyard Wind) that would allow it to construct and operate an 800 megawatt (MW) wind energy facility offshore Massachusetts.

The publication of the NOI opened a 30-day public comment period, which closed on April 30, 2018. Comments on the NOI can be found here. During the 30-day public comment period, BOEM held five public scoping meetings.

BOEM prepared a scoping report to review and catalogue the information and materials provided to BOEM during the scoping period for the proposed Vineyard Wind project. The goal of the exercise was to identify substantive comments for consideration in the development of the EIS, and categorize them based on the applicable resource areas or NEPA topics.

Vineyard Wind Permitting Timetable