May 24, 2018

Mass. selects Avangrid joint venture Vineyard Wind

Photo | Vineyard Wind via twitter
Photo | Vineyard Wind via twitter

Massachusetts regulators are moving forward with Avangrid and its partner to develop an 800-megawatt offshore wind farm.

Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners are pitching Vineyard Wind as the first operational large-scale offshore wind project in the United States. It would be built 15 miles off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.

If the project is ultimately built, it could have implications for Connecticut's renewables mix.

Vineyard Wind also bid some of its output into a separate Connecticut-led RFP that will be decided this summer by the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

Meanwhile, Rhode Island this week selected Deepwater Wind, a 400-megawatt offshore wind project that has also bid to supply electricity to Connecticut utilities. Vineyard Wind said its selection in Massachusetts means the parties will begin negotiations to secure needed transmission services and power-purchase agreements.

The project is a 50-50 joint venture of Copenhagen and Avangrid's renewables division. Avangrid's network division owns Connecticut utilities United Illuminating, The Southern Connecticut Gas Co. and Connecticut Natural Gas Corp.

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