Vineyard Wind takes a time-out


 Vineyard Wind has withdrawn from the federal review process, citing a need to evaluate General Electric turbines it plans to use for Vineyard Wind 1, an offshore wind project of unprecedented scale in the U.S. Vineyard Wind announced its withdrawal on Dec. 1 in a press release on its website. 

A spokesman for the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) confirmed the withdrawal in an email to The Times Wednesday morning.

“On Dec. 1, 2020, BOEM received a letter from Vineyard Wind withdrawing its construction and operations plan,” the spokesman wrote. “BOEM is not actively reviewing Vineyard Wind’s application right now. Because the construction and operations plan has been withdrawn from review, there is no longer a proposal for a major federal action awaiting technical and environmental review, nor is there a decision pending before BOEM. Vineyard Wind is welcome to submit a new construction and operations plan, at which time BOEM will begin an appropriate environmental and technical review.” 

In a Dec. 14 press release, Vineyard Wind said it expects to deliver power by 2023, despite the time-out. 

“We have received acknowledgement from BOEM of the temporary withdrawal of our [construction and operations plan], as we requested, and we look forward to working together again after we notify the agency to resume its review,” the release states in part. “Over the past three years, this project has been through an extremely rigorous process, and we believe the agency can promptly restart the process. As we’ve said at the time we made this initial decision, a short delay now still allows us to deliver the project on the appropriate timeline, with financial close in the second half of 2021 and power coming onto the grid in 2023.”