Vineyard Wind project resumes, bringing Massachusetts closer to achieving its offshore wind potential

It’s a project years in the making, and now, it’s back on track to bring the Bay State closer to a clean energy future. 

It’s a project years in the making, and now, it’s back on track to bring the Bay State closer to a clean energy future.

On Feb. 5, the Bureau of Ocean and Energy Management (BOEM) announced its decision to resume the development of Massachusetts’ Vineyard Wind project. The project, which would generate approximately 6 percent of the state's electricity with wind energy and cut annual carbon emissions by 1.6 million tons, will move forward in the permitting process after being paused in December 2020. 

In July 2020, Environment Massachusetts State Director Ben Hellerstein testified on behalf of the project, saying, “Massachusetts’ offshore wind resources, along with our potential for other forms of renewable energy like solar, give us confidence that a future powered by 100 percent clean, renewable energy is feasible.”

“When we achieve 100 percent renewable energy, our air will be cleaner, our communities will be healthier, and we’ll be doing our part to avoid devastating climate change.” 

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Photo: Once developed, the Vineyard Wind project alone will power over 400,000 homes with wind energy. Credit: v.schlichting via Shutterstock