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Vineyard Wind, Which Will Use Bridgeport Facilities, Earns Final Approval as First Major U.S. Offshore Wind Farm

  • White House grants final approval for Vineyard Wind, set to be the first commercial-scale wind farm in the United States
  • Developers will use port facilities in Bridgeport to support the operation, redeveloping an 18.3-acre Barnum Landing site and potentially investing up to $890 million
  • Vineyard Wind construction is scheduled to begin this summer and go online in 2023

Summary by Dirk Langeveld

The Biden administration has granted final approval to Vineyard Wind, which is slated to be the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the United States. While the installation will be located 12 nautical miles off Martha’s Vineyard, the development will also utilize port facilities in Bridgeport and is expected to spur significant investments there.

Vineyard Wind is slated to install up to 84 turbines and generate some 800 megawatts of capacity, enough to power 400,000 homes. Construction will begin this summer, and the installation is scheduled to begin delivering electricity to the New England grid in 2023.

  • The project is a joint venture of Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
  • These partners are also planning to redevelop an 18.3-acre Barnum Landing site to support foundation transition piece steel fabrication and final outfitting to support the Vineyard Wind development
  • “Park City Wind” could result in up to $890 million in investments
  • The White House is pursuing a goal of establishing 30 GW in new offshore wind capacity by 2030, saying it could generate $12 billion in capital investments, create 77,000 direct and indirect jobs, and spur the development of U.S. factories and other infrastructure to support offshore wind installations

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