CT company’s large offshore wind farm moves one step closer to Martha’s Vineyard coast

Orange-based Avangrid, the co-developer of Vineyard Wind, indicated Monday it expects the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to issue a final “record of decision” within a month, at which point it will be ready to begin preparations for construction of wind turbines 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. The company projects it will support 3,600 “job years,” as it describes it, including through the hiring of outside contractors. While Vineyard Wind electricity will be fed to Massachusetts utility customers, providing 800 megawatts of power — sufficient for 400,000 homes — the wind farm will lessen New England’s reliance on power plants that burn natural gas. Eversource Energy is also planning a wind farm off the Southern New England coast called Revolution Wind to benefit Connecticut.


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