Vineyard Power Talks Offshore Wind with Cape Cod Fishermen

Representatives from Vineyard Power and Vineyard Wind met the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance on Wednesday in Chatham to get the fishermen’s feedback on an offshore wind project planned to be developed off Martha’s Vineyard.

In 2015, Vineyard Power Cooperative formally partnered with OffshoreMW, now called Vineyard Wind, which won the rights to develop a wind farm on 166,000 acres of leased water 12 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard through a competitive auctioning process held by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

At the meeting on Wednesday, Vineyard Wind provided updates to the fishermen on the project’s progress and next steps, and discussed project details to receive feedback from the fishing community.

According to Cape Cod Times, the company has not received any negative feedback from fishermen, as opposed to the Cape Wind project, whose development has been severely delayed due to many opponents, including local fishermen.

“We wanted a different model than Cape Wind. We wanted there to be local benefit, local employment, and local input into the project. We’ve met with over 20 fishing groups since March of 2016,” the local news site quoted Richard Andre, president of Vineyard Power, as saying.

In September 2016, the developer started a 60-day preliminary geophysical survey at the lease site, with Alpine Ocean deploying the R/V Shearwater. In late October/ early November 2016, Synergy carried out a geotechnical survey at Vineyard Wind’s project site.

This was the first step of data collection and assessment performed as part of gathering information over the next few years to design a wind farm that will be installed at the site.

BOEM determined RES America Developments and OffshoreMW as the provisional winners of two Massachusetts lease areas auctioned in January 2015. In April 2015, DONG Energy acquired the development rights for RES America’s lease site. Deepwater Wind also holds a lease off Martha’s Vineyard, after the developer of the first US offshore wind farm was declared the provisional winner of two leases for a Wind Energy Area offshore Rhode Island and Massachusetts in 2013.

Last year, all three companies, which hold leases for the three sites off Massachusetts, signed a Letter of Intent with the state of Massachusetts to lease the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as a staging and deployment location for future offshore wind projects.

Offshore WIND Staff

Share this article

Follow Offshore Wind

Events>

<< Jun 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
29 30 31 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 1 2

FwP Atlantic Forum 2017

The event is being held during the tenth edition of Sea Tech Week, an international week devoted to marine science and technology, organised…

read more >

Cost Reductions for Offshore Wind Logistics 2017

Logistic challenges touch on all aspects of wind farm projects, with optimising transport and installation as a key challenge for offshore wind logistics…

read more >

Offshore Foundations 2017 Agenda

Offshore Foundations is a technical event for experts in the wind industry…

read more >

HUSUM Wind 2017

The new concept for HUSUM Wind 2015, with the focus specifically on the important German core market, has proven to be a complete success…

read more >

Jobs>

Commercial Manager - Liverpool based with some travel

As the Commercial Manager you can expect a variety of responsibilities. The principle focus will be the commercial management of the Bibby WaveMaster1 vessel...

apply

Network Support Engineer

As Network Support Engineer you will be responsible for the installation / configuration, operation and maintenance of the infrastructural network ...

apply

Offshore wind jobs at Shell Netherlands BV

Commercial Lead New Energies, Offshore Wind Operations Lead and Wind Turbine Engineer.

apply

Vessels>