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Iberdrola, Vestas Ink Baltic Eagle Turbine Agreement (Int'l.)
Iberdrola, Vestas
Date: 2021-06-04
Madrid-headquartered renewable energy major Iberdrola reports it has contracted with Vestas to supply 50 units of its V174-9.5 MW wind turbine -- including service and maintenance -- for Iberdrola's Baltic Eagle project which is being developed roughly 75 km off the island of Rugen, in the German Baltic Sea.

When fully operational, Baltic Eagle, Iberdrola's second major offshore initiative in Germany after the installation of 350-MW Wikinger wind farm in 2017, will generate sufficient energy to meet 45 pct of the total electricity consumption of the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania and it will displace 1.65 million tpy of CO2 emissions.

Iberdrola has 1.3 GW installed and is progressing with the construction of a further 2.6 GW and expects to have 12,000 MW offshore wind in operation by 2030. The Group operates the 389-MW West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm in the Irish Sea (since 2014), 350-MW Wikinger in the German Baltic Sea (since 2017) and the 714-MW East Anglia One in British waters in the North Sea (since 2020). At different stages of planning and development are 496-MW Saint-Brieuc project, off the coast of Brittany in northern France, which will use 62 Siemens-Gamesa turbines each with 8-MW unit capacity; 800-MW Vineyard Wind, a joint venture with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, off the coast of Massachusetts; and Baltic Eagle. (Source: Ibersdrola, PR, Website, 25 May, 2021)Contact: Iberdrola, +34 91 784 32 32, comunicacioncorporativa@iberdrola.es, www.iberdrola.es; Vestas, www.vestas.com

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First Major U.S. Offshore Wind Project Approved (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind
Date: 2021-05-17
In Washington, the Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo have confirmed approval of the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind project -- the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the U.S..

The 800-MW Vineyard Wind energy project will generate sufficient energy for as many as 400,000 homes and contribute to the Biden administration's goal of generating 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030. The project will be located approximately 12 nautical miles offshore Martha's Vineyard and 12 nautical miles offshore Nantucket in the northern portion of Vineyard Wind's lease area. (Source: US DOI, Various Media, 15 May., 2021)Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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Vineyard Wind's 800-MW Offshore Project Progressing (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind, BOEM
Date: 2021-05-14
Vineyard Wind reports receipt of the U.S. DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's (BOEM) Record of Decision (ROD) -- the federal review process for the 800-MW, 160,000-acre offshore wind project 15 miles off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.

The project, which will incorporate as many as 84 GE Haliade-X wind turbines, will be the first commercial scale offshore wind farm in the country, according to Vineyard Wind -- a joint venture between AVANGRID subsidiary Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

In response to comments and direct engagement with neighboring communities, environmental organizations and advocates, fisheries organizations, as well as governmental and tribal entities, the project has committed to: invest millions of dollars to develop and deploy innovative technologies and undertake scientific research to further safeguard marine mammals; to provide millions to compensate fishermen for potential loss of revenue and gear, as well as to enhance their ability to fish in and around the lease area; and use an Aircraft Detection Lighting System (ALDS) to ensure nighttime lights will only operate a few hours a year when aircraft are present.

Vineyard Wind expects the project will reach financial close in the second half of this year and begin delivering energy to Massachusetts in 2023. (Source: Vineyard Wind, PR, T&D World, 11 May, 2021)Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

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Vestas Takes Stake in Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (M&A)
Vestas,Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners
Date: 2020-12-21
Danish wind energy giant Vestas, the world's largest maker of wind turbines reports it has taken a €500 million ($612 million) 25 pct stake in the renewable asset manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

CIP holds a 35 pct stake in the Beatrice offshore wind farm in the U.K. and 50 pct stake in Vineyard Wind in the U.S. as well as solar, energy storage, transmission and waste to energy projects and facilities. CIP runs seven funds with €14 billion under management. (Source: Vestas, PR, GTM 18 Dec., 2020)Contact: Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Kristina Negendahl Jessen, +45 70 70 51 51, cip@cip.dk, www.cip.dk; Vestas, Philippe Kavafyan, CEO, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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Vineyard Wind Withdraws from BOEM Review Process (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind, BOEM
Date: 2020-12-18
In Washington, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) reports Vineyard Wind has withdrawn from the BOEM review process for its Vineyards Wind 1 offshore wind project. The company noted it needed to further evaluate the General Electric turbines it plans to use for the offshore wind project.

the BOEM release noted that "because the construction and operations plan has been withdrawn from review, there is no longer a proposal for a major federal action awaiting technical and environmental review, nor is there a decision pending before BOEM."

In a Dec. 14 press release, Vineyard Wind said it expects financial close on the project in the second half of 2021 and the project to come online in 2023. (Source: BOEM, Vineyard Wind, Website PR, 15 Dec., 2020))Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov

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Vineyard Wind Agrees to $34.4 Mn Mitigation Payment (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind
Date: 2020-08-14
On Nantucket, Massachusetts, Vineyard Wind reports it has agreed to pay the town of Madaket $34.4 million over the next 45 years as financial mitigation for a proposed 84-turbine offshore wind farm 14 miles southwest of the town. Area preservationists, fishermen and environmentalists see the wind farm as "potentially environmentally and visually devastating."

Vineyard Wind has also agreed to move the first row of turbines back on its 250-square-mile, 800-MW project site, paint the turbines a non-reflective gray color and install an aircraft detection lighting system (ADLS) that only activates when planes are overhead to address the concerns. (Source: Vineyard Wind, Inquirer & Mirror, 12 Aug., 2020)Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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Martha's Vineyard Offshore Wind Project Delayed (Ind. Report)
Vineyard Wind
Date: 2020-02-14
Following up on our 12th August, 2019 report, offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind is reporting U.S. Department of Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) environmental impact study for its planned 84-turbine offshore wind farm off of Martha's Vineyard has been delayed and the project's originally anticipated completion date will accordingly be delayed. (Source: Vineyard Wind, CapeCod.com, 13 Feb., 2020) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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Vineyard Wind proposes additional wind farms
Vineyard Wind
Date: 2019-08-30
In the Bay State, Vineyard Wind last week submitted proposals for additional commercial-scale offshore wind farms as part of the state's second call for clean-energy generation and transmission projects.

The proposals include a required 400 MW option and two options for development of an 800 MW project. The proposed "Vineyard Wind 2" project would be constructed in Vineyard Wind's lease area about 14 miles southwest of Nantucket. (Source: Vineyard Wind, Inquirer and Mirror, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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DOE Releases Annual Wind Market Reports (Ind. Report)
US DOE
Date: 2019-08-26
The U.S. DOE has released annual market reports documenting data and trends in wind installations, technologies, costs, prices, and performance through the end of 2018 for three sectors: utility-scale land-based, offshore, and distributed wind.

According to the report, the utility-scale Land-Based Wind Sector had another strong year with 7,588 MW installed during 2018, accompanied by record low costs and prices. The U.S. distributed wind sector now stands at 1,127 MW from over 83,000 wind turbines across all 50 states. And the U.S. offshore wind industry has a pipeline of 25,824 MW in various stages of development. The report found:

  • The U.S. wind industry installed 7,588 MW of capacity last year, bringing total utility-scale wind capacity to over 96 gigawatts (GW).

  • Wind industry employment is at an all-time high, supporting 114,000 jobs

  • In total, 41 states operated utility-scale wind projects -- Texas leads the nation with nearly 25 GW of wind capacity, while California, Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma have more than 5 GW.

  • Wind energy provides 6.5 pct of the nation's electricity, more than 10 pct of total generation in 14 states, and more than 30 pct in Iowa, Kansas, and Oklahoma.

  • The trend of installing wind turbines that are larger and more powerful continued in 2018 and the price of wind energy being sold in long-term contracts is at an all-time low.

    The 2018 Distributed Wind Market report highlights include:

  • Distributed wind power is used at or near where it is generated, as opposed to wind power from wholesale generation, where power is sent to consumers via transmission lines and substations.

  • Employed by households, schools, farms, industrial facilities, and municipalities, distributed wind doesn't only refer to small-scale turbines; it includes any size turbine or array of turbines that generates power for local or on-site use.

  • U.S. wind turbines in distributed applications reached a cumulative installed capacity of 1,127 MW in 2018. This capacity comes from over 83,000 turbines installed across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

  • The trend of using larger wind turbines in distributed applications continued in 2018. The average capacity of large-scale turbines installed in distributed applications in 2018 was 2.1 MW -- almost double the capacity of turbines used in 2003.

  • Commercial and industrial distributed wind projects increased in 2018, representing 29 pct of total project capacity. Distributed wind for utility customers remained the most prevalent use, representing 47 pct of capacity in 2018.

  • Of small wind turbines (100 kilowatts or less) deployed in the U.S., turbines of less than 1 kW are contributing an increasingly larger percentage of both the total number of turbines (99 pct) and capacity (47 pct) of small wind projects.

    The 2018 Offshore Wind Technologies Market Report found:

  • The U.S. offshore wind project development pipeline grew to a potential generating capacity of 25,824 MW across 13 states, including the Block Island Wind Farm commissioned in 2016.

  • Projects totaling 21,225 MW have exclusive site control -- a lease or other contract to develop the site. Most of these projects are on the Eastern seaboard, with one in the Great Lakes.

  • California and Hawaii have several early-stage floating offshore wind projects in the planning phase.

  • The DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) auctions for three lease areas off the coast of Massachusetts brought in winning bids of $135 million indicating strong interest and confidence in the U.S. offshore wind market.

  • Offtake prices for the first commercial-scale U.S. offshore wind project -- Vineyard Wind off the coast of Massachusetts -- came in lower than expected at $65–$75 per MWh.

  • Technology trends toward larger turbines continued, with offshore turbines installed globally in 2018 averaging 5.5 MW, and turbines with capacities of 10- 12 MW coming to market in the next couple years. (Source: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office., 23 Aug., 2019) Contact: DOE Wind Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/wind/wind-energy-technologies-office

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  • BOEM Stalling Vineyard Wind Environmental Statement (Reg & Leg)
    Vineyard Wind,
    Date: 2019-08-12
    In the Bay State, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is reportedly stalling the release of a key environmental impact statement on Vineyard Wind's proposed wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts. The federal agency said the delay is in response to comments "from stakeholders and cooperating agencies" requesting a more robust cumulative analysis that would include projects that have been awarded power purchase agreements, but may not have submitted construction and operations plans. To that end, BOEM has decided to supplement the Draft EIS and solicit comments on its revised cumulative impacts analysis," according to an agency statement.

    Vineyard Wind urged the federal government to complete the project's review as quickly as possible and says the 84-turbine, 800-MW wind farm is key to a 2016 Massachusetts renewable energy law and remains viable.

    (Source: Vineyard Wind, BOEM, Boston.com, 9 Aug., 2019) Contact: BOEM, Connie Gillette, Public Affairs, Walter Cruickshank, Acting Dir., (202) 208-6474, www.boem.gov; Vineyard Wind, (508) 717-8964,www.vineyardwind.com

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    Heerema Contracts for Vineyard Wind Project Work (Ind. Report)
    Heerema Marine Contractors, Vineyard Wind
    Date: 2019-07-15
    Leiden, the Netherlands-based offshore contractor Heerema Marine Contractors reports it has contracted to help construct the 800-MW Vineyard Wind project 14 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. Vineyard Wins is first U.S. utility-scale offshore wind energy project and is expected to come online in 2021.

    Under its contract, Heerema will transport and install 84 foundations consisting of monopiles and transition pieces and appurtenant ESP platforms near the island of Martha's Vineyard. The construction is slated for 2020. (Source: Heerema Marine Contractors, PR, Offshore Engineering, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Heerema, Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, CEO, www.hmc.heerema.com; Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO, Erich Stephens, Chief Dev. Officer, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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    Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket Wind Turbine Arrays Set (Ind. Report)
    Vineyard Wind
    Date: 2019-06-26
    In the Bay State, New Bedford-based Vineyard Wind reports it has eliminated three 9.5 MW offshore wind turbines located near the Nantucket Historic District and Chappaquiddick on the eastern end of Martha's Vineyard. The total size of the first U.S. large-scale offshore wind facility will remain unchanged at approximately 800 MW.

    Project changes, which were made in response to community and stakeholder input, will see a 20 pct reduction in the project's overall footprint, greater space between offshore wind towers, a white-grey paint finish to limit the project's visual impacts on Martha's Vineyard, and other changes. The project is in 2022. (Source: Vineyard Wind, Cape Cod Today, 24 June, 2019) Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO, Erich Stephens, Chief Dev. Officer, (508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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    Vineyard Wind Offshore Transmission Approved (Reg. & Leg.)
    Vineyard Wind,Avangrid Renewables
    Date: 2019-05-13
    Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, reports the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board (EFSB) has granted it permits for the construction and operation of Vineyard Wind's transmission facilities to deliver the 800MW of offshore wind energy to the regional power grid.

    The Vineyard Wind Connector project will consist of sub-sea and sub-surface electrical transmission lines and a new substation that will connect the Vineyard Wind turbine array to the Massachusetts electric grid. Construction is scheduled to begin this year and is expected to be operational by 2021. (Source: Vineyard Wind, May, 2019) Contact: Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO ,(508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com

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    Mass. DPU OK's Offshore Wind Energy Contracts (Reg. & Leg.)
    Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities
    Date: 2019-04-22
    The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is reporting approval of long-term contracts for 800 MW of offshore wind between Vineyard Wind and the Commonwealth's Electric Distribution Companies. Under the contracts, Vineyard Wind also committed in these contracts to contribute $15 million to a fund that will invest in projects to promote the use of battery storage in low-income communities and support the the state's goal of further developing energy storage systems.

    Vineyard Wind's bid was selected for contract negotiation in May 2018 based on criteria established under a Request for Proposals (RFP) previously subject to public comment and submitted to the DPU for review and approval on July 31, 2018. Evaluation of the bids determined that Vineyard Wind would provide the greatest overall value to Bay State customers. The DPU's order approves the selection and finds that the contracts are cost-effective and in the public interest. (Source: Mass DPU, DEI, 18 April, 2019) Contact: Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, (617) 305-3500, www.mass.gov/dte

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities,  Offshore Wind,  


    Vineyard Wind Proposes 1,200MW NY Offshore Project (Ind. Report)
    Vineyard Wind
    Date: 2019-02-20
    US offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind is reporting a new "Liberty Wind", 1,200 MW offshore wind project proposal in response to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) solicitation of offshore wind project proposals.

    The new proposal includes project size options of 400 MW, 800 MW, and 1,200 MW -- with the 1,200 MW project described by the company as "the most cost-effective option for New York ratepayers and one of the largest offshore wind projects in the world."

    The proposed project would be sited 85 miles offshore from the nearest New York shoreline and be sub-sea connected to an existing Long Island substation. Vineyard Wind is collaborating with Wakefield, Massachusetts-based transmission developer Anbaric Development Partners.

    Vineyard Wind is an offshore wind development company 50 pct owned by funds of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and 50 pct owned by Avangrid Renewables, part of the IBERDROLA Group. (Source: CleanTechnica, 15 Feb., 2019) Contact: Vineyard Wind, Lars Thaaning Pedersen, CEO ,(508) 717-8964, www.vineyardwind.com; Anbaric, Ed Krapels, CEO, (781) 683 0711, www.anbaric.com; NYSERDA, Alicia Barton, Pres., CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov

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    MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Opening Boston Office (Ind. Report)
    MHI Vestas
    Date: 2019-01-16
    Wind energy manufacturer and service provider MHI Vestas Offshore Wind reports it is establishing its first U.S. office in Boston. The new office will be led by Jason Folsom, the company's U.S. national sales director.

    Vestas is presently planning the 800 MW Vineyard Wind project off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, as well as exploring potential projects in nearby states. (Source: Vestas, Various Media,14 Jan., 2019) Contact: MHI Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

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    US Offshore Wind Auction Draws $405Mn in Bids (Ind. Report)

    Date: 2018-12-17
    In Washington, the US Department of Interior (DoI) is reporting its recent offshore wind lease auction of about 390,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts has drawn a record $405 million in winning bids from Equinor Wind, Vineyard Wind and Mayflower Wind.

    If fully developed, the three parcels near Martha's Vineyard and Block Island could generate about 4.1 gigawatts of energy -- sufficient power for as many as 1.5 million homes.

    There are currently 15 active wind leases in federal waters that have generated more than $473 million in winning bids for nearly two million acres in federal waters, according to BOEM. (Source: US DoI,Workboat,Various Media, 14 Dec., 2018) Contact: Equinor Wind,(508) 717-8964, Vineyard Wind, www.equinor.com;www.vineyardwind.com

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