Vineyard Wind

What’s New?
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 initiates the public scoping process and opens a 30-day public comment period, which extends through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, April 30. During this time, BOEM will hold public scoping meetings and accept comments. The public scoping process is used to identify issues and potential alternatives for consideration in the EIS.

Wind Development Area ESP

How to Comment:
Comments and other submissions of information may be submitted by either of the following two methods:

  1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the entry titled “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter BOEM-2018-0015, and then click “search.” Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials available for this notice. 
  2. U.S. Postal Service or other delivery service. Send your comments and information to the following address: 

    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Office of Renewable Energy Programs
    45600 Woodland Road (VAM-OREP)
    Sterling, Virginia 20166

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.

In addition, Vineyard Wind prepared a nighttime video simulation to show what the proposed offshore wind facility would look like at night.

EIS Scoping Meeting Materials

Site Assessment Plan
Vineyard Wind requested a 1-year extension for submitting its SAP, which BOEM approved. The SAP was filed in March 2017 and BOEM deemed it complete and sufficient in November 2017. BOEM will review the SAP and approve, disapprove, or approve with modifications the proposed site assessment activities.

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 opens a 30-day public comment period, which extends through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, April 30. During this time, BOEM will hold public scoping meetings and accept comments. The input received via this process will be used to inform preparation of the EIS.

BOEM’s scoping process is intended to identify any important issues and potential alternatives for consideration in the Vineyard Wind COP EIS. Throughout the scoping process, there will be multiple opportunities to help BOEM determine significant resources and issues, impact-producing factors, reasonable alternatives, and potential mitigating measures to be analyzed in the EIS.

During the public comment period, BOEM held five public scoping meetings for the Vineyard Wind COP EIS. Please find the meeting locations at 2018 Public Scoping Meetings for the Vineyard Wind COP EIS page :

How to Comment:
Comments and other submissions of information may be submitted by either of the following two methods:

1. Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the entry titled “Enter Keyword or ID,” enter BOEM-2018-0015, and then click “search.” Follow the instructions to submit public comments and view supporting and related materials available for this notice.

2. U.S. Postal Service or other delivery service. Send your comments and information to the following address:

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Office of Renewable Energy Programs
45600 Woodland Road (VAM-OREP)
Sterling, Virginia 20166