Companies left blowing in the wind

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The three companies vying to bring wind farms south of Martha’s Vineyard will have to wait another month.

Vineyard Wind, Deepwater Wind, and Bay State Wind have all submitted applications to locate wind farms in the federally leased waters about 15 miles to the south of Martha’s Vineyard. On Monday, what was supposed to be the deadline for a decision, the Electric Distribution Companies (EDCs) submitted a letter informing the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) that the Evaluation Team for the clean energy procurement will extend the target date to select a winning proposal(s) for a long-term offshore wind energy generation contract by 30 days, to May 23.

“It’s understandable why they are delaying it, and we look forward to the decision on May 23,” Richard Andre, president of Vineyard Power, told the Times.

The delay had been speculated about for weeks. The EDC blamed the delay on winter storms that forced the cancellation of meetings.

We look forward to next month’s decision, and we’re confident our Revolution Wind project is the smart solution to meeting the commonwealth’s offshore wind goals,” Meaghan Wims, a spokesman for Deepwater Wind, said.

“Bay State Wind remains focused on building the best possible commercial-scale offshore wind project for Massachusetts. We continue to do the necessary due diligence and planning for this phase of the project, which includes obtaining key permitting designations such as FAST-41, which will allow for greater coordination with federal agencies. We are also focused on leveraging our industry relationships to bring the world’s leading partners and expertise in offshore wind to create a sustainable supply chain for a new U.S. industry right here in Massachusetts. Bay State Wind will work with the necessary parties to ensure they have what they need to make their decision, and we stand at the ready to bring offshore wind to the commonwealth,” Lauren Burm, head of public affairs for Ørsted, a partner of Bay State Wind, said.

“The Baker-Polito administration looks forward to the evaluation team completing their review and project selection to procure the largest amount of competitively solicited offshore wind energy in the country’s history,” Katie Gronendyke, a spokesman for the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said.