New England Wind (formerly Vineyard Wind South)

Lease Area OCS-A 0534

What's New?

On Dec. 19, 2022, BOEM announced the availability of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed New England Wind Project offshore Massachusetts.  

The Notice of Availability for the New England Wind DEIS was published in the Federal Register on Dec. 23, 2022, opening a 60-day public comment period, which ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Feb. 21, 2023. The input received via this process will inform preparation of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).  

The following documents are available for your viewing.  

Public Meetings 

During the comment period, BOEM will hold three virtual public meetings, where the public can learn more about the review process, EIS schedule, potential impacts from the proposed project, and proposals to reduce potential impacts. There will also be an opportunity for participants to provide comments on the DEIS. 

The virtual public meetings will be held on the following dates and times. All times are Eastern: 

More information, including meeting registration and instructions for commenting is available in the Virtual Public Meeting Room

Through a competitive leasing process (30 CFR 585.211), BOEM awarded Lease OCS-A 0501 to Vineyard Wind, LLC on April 1, 2015.

On June 28, 2021, BOEM approved a partial assignment of the northernmost 65,296 acres of Lease OCS-A 0501 from Vineyard Wind, LLC to Vineyard Wind 1, LLC. The assigned lease under Vineyard Wind 1, LLC continues to be designated Lease OCS-A 0501. Vineyard Wind, LLC retained the remaining 101,590 acres, which are designated Lease OCS-A 0534 for this New England Wind Project. Except for the description of the leased area, which now reflects the two different lease areas, the terms, conditions, and stipulations of the two leases, including the lease effective date of April 1, 2015, remain the same.

On December 14, 2021, BOEM approved the assignment of Lease OCS-A 0534 from Vineyard Wind, LLC to Park City Wind LLC. Park City Wind LLC has the exclusive right to submit a COP for activities within Lease OCS-A 0534. The majority of the New England Wind project is proposed within Lease OCS-A 0534, with a small portion of the area within Lease OCS-A 0501 also identified for potential development; however, any development of the area within Lease OCS-A 0501 would require an additional (future) lease assignment.

On May 10, 2018, BOEM approved the Site Assessment Plan (SAP) for Lease OCS-A 0501 submitted by Vineyard Wind, LLC (which at that time encompassed what is now Lease OCS-A-0534 – see “Leasing History” tab for more information). 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: 

A phased development Construction and Operations Plan (COP) was submitted to BOEM on July 2, 2020, proposing the construction and installation, operations and maintenance, and conceptual decommissioning of the following offshore wind energy facilities (includes Phases 1 & 2):

  • Up to 130 wind turbine generator (WTG) and electrical service platform (ESP) positions
  • 1 to 5 offshore ESPs
  • Inter-array and inter-link cables
  • Up to 3 onshore substations
  • Up to 5 transmission cables.

New England Wind has also provided two COP updates:

  • Fall 2021:
  • Spring 2022
    • eliminated the maximum capacity in megawatts (MW) per WTG for both phases because technologies continue to advance with many variations on how power capacity is defined and delivered; and
    • for Phase 1, increased the maximum WTG and ESP size parameters, which in turn has implications for the minimum/maximum number of WTGs and total area footprints of Phases 1 and 2 (there were no modifications to the proposed Phase 1 foundation parameters).

The Spring 2022 COP updates (eliminating the maximum capacity in MW per WTG for both phases, and the increase in Phase 1 WTG and ESP size parameters) are summarized in Tables 1-3:

Table 1: Modifications to Phase 1 WTG Parameters*

Parameter

Maximum COP Envelope

Modification

Change from Maximum Envelope

Capacity (per turbine)

16 MW

N/A

N/A

Rotor Diameter

255 m (837 ft)

285 m (937 ft)

+30 m (98 ft)

Tip Height above Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW)

319 m (1,047 ft)

357 m (1,171 ft)

+38 m (125 ft)

Tip Clearance above MLLW

27 m (89 ft)

27 m (89 ft)

0

Hub Height above MLLW

192 m (630 ft)

214 m (702 ft)

+22 m (72 ft)

*All parameters are maximum values except for Tip Clearance, which is a minimum clearance

Table 2: Modifications to the Phase 1 ESP Topside Parameters

Parameter

Maximum COP Envelope

Modification

Change from Maximum Envelope

Maximum Width

45 m (148 ft)

60 m (197 ft)

+15 m (49 ft)

Maximum Length

70 m (230 ft)

100 m (328 ft)

+30 m (98 ft)

Maximum Height

38 m (125 ft)

38 m (125 ft)

0

Maximum Heights above Tip Height above Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW)

70 m (230 ft)

70m (230 ft)

0

Table 3: Area Adjustments for Phases 1 and 2

Phase 1

COP Envelope

Adjustment

Number of WTGs

50-62

41-62

Area

182-231 km2

150-231 km2

Phase 2

COP Envelope

Adjustment

Number of WTGs

Up to 79

Up to 88

Area

222-271 km2

222-303 km2

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Scoping  

On June 30, 2021, BOEM published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Vineyard Wind South Project offshore Massachusetts. The NOI initiated a 30-day public comment period, ending on July 30, 2021. 

BOEM received an updated COP in Fall 2021 to incorporate additional cable routing variants for the Phase 2 offshore export cables. BOEM issued a Notice of Additional Public Scoping and Name Change in the Federal Register, opening a second public comment period on November 22, 2021. The 30-day public comment period ended on December 22, 2021.  

Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS)  

On Dec. 23, 2022, BOEM announced the availability of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed New England Wind Project offshore Massachusetts. The Notice of Availability and DEIS can be accessed using the links below.