Vineyard Wind, which is developing the United States’ first-utility-scale wind farm, celebrated the opening of a permanent Boston office yesterday. The company’s new, larger workplace, located in the historic Back Bay neighborhood, will accommodate a growing staff and provide a range of offshore wind services.
These include contractor management, regulatory affairs, and financing — and similar activities needed to support construction of a proposed offshore wind farm that will be located 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, as well as other projects in earlier stage of development.
The 800-MW wind farm, under development by Vineyard Wind, will be the first utility-scale wind farm in the U.S. It remains on schedule to begin on-shore construction in 2019 and become operational by 2022.
The Vineyard Wind project continues to move ahead with public and regulatory review through more than 25 federal, state, and local approval processes. These include US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (federal Environmental Impact Statement), Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and Coastal Zone Management, as well as local and regional conservation commissions.
Yesterday’s opening event featured a ribbon-cutting and remarks by Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, AVANGRID CEO James P. Torgerson, and Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Pedersen.