Cape Cod Times: “Vineyard Wind plans operations facility on island”
By Mary Ann Bragg, April 12, 2018
VINEYARD HAVEN — Offshore wind energy developer Vineyard Wind announced Tuesday its intention to open an operations and maintenance facility on Martha’s Vineyard to support its planned wind farm 14 miles south of the island.
The company will partner with Vineyard Power Cooperative, a member-owned nonprofit organization formed in 2009 to deliver electricity from local renewable resources. The two groups have signed a community benefit agreement meant to bring financial gains from the offshore wind development to the region, including community solar and battery storage projects.
As planned, the maintenance facility, to be built on the harbor in Vineyard Haven, would employ up to 40 people.
On Tuesday, Vineyard Power also announced plans to partner with schools on the island and region to offer offshore wind career job training and education. The training will be supported by Vineyard Wind’s $2 million initiative to help recruit, mentor and train Massachusetts residents for careers in the state’s new offshore wind industry.
In addition to Vineyard Wind, developers Bay State Wind and Deepwater Wind have bid on long-terms contracts to sell up to 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy to Massachusetts electricity distributors. An announcement from the state Department of Energy Resources about which companies will move forward to negotiate contracts was to be announced April 23 but is now delayed for several weeks.
All three companies have leased federally owned underwater lands south and southwest of the Vineyard, totaling 520,000 acres, and the Interior Department recently announced two new lease opportunities farther south of the island.
Reprinted via Cape Cod Times, which is not affiliated with the Alliance,