Vineyard Wind Selected in Commonwealth’s First Solicitation for Long Term Contracts for Offshore Wind

Foley Hoag LLP client Vineyard Wind LLC has been selected to negotiate a power purchase agreement with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ electric distribution companies in the first solicitation for long-term contracts for offshore wind generation and transmission.

Vineyard’s selection puts the company on track to build Massachusetts’ first utility-scale, offshore wind energy project. The New Bedford, MA-based company was chosen over two other bidders to construct an offshore wind farm located 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard that will generate 800 megawatts (MW) of energy, enough to power 400,000 homes.

Vineyard Wind has leased a 160,000-acre area of seabed in federal waters south of Martha’s Vineyard to develop an offshore wind farm that will consist of an array of wind turbines, spaced at least eight-tenths of a mile apart, each capable of generating more than eight megawatts of power. The power from the turbines will be collected by an offshore substation. The project will be an effective source of energy that is also socially and environmentally responsible.

Foley Hoag LLP advised Vineyard Wind LLC with a team including Adam Wade (Picutre), Adam Kahn, Zachary Gerson and Erica Harrington.

Involved fees earner: Adam Wade – Foley Hoag; Adam Kahn – Foley Hoag; Zachary Gerson – Foley Hoag; Erica Harrington – Foley Hoag;

Law Firms: Foley Hoag;

Clients: Vineyard Wind, LLC;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti