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Dept. Of Interior Announces Date of Offshore Wind Lease Auction

On November 24, 2014 the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Managment announced that more than 742,000 acres offshore Massachusetts will be offered for commerical wind energy developement in a January 29, 2015 competitive lease sale. 

 

With this announcement Vineyard Power is able to confirm that a developer who holds an executed Community Benefit Agreement will recieve a 10% discount in the auction.  We consider this a big win in community advocacy and want to thank all of our members and anyone who wrote to BOEM over the years requesting this be included in the process. 

 

For more information and to read the Final Sale Notice, published in the federal register on November 24, please click here.

 
As you will see from the map below, the entire lease area has been divided into four separate zones. 

Vineyard Power Completes 99kW Array in Chilmark

 

Thank you to everyone involved in the construction and completion of our 99kW solar array on the landfill in Chilmark. 

A special thank you to the Selectmen, South Mountain and GHD. 

 

The project came online on October 2, 2014 and is producing power enough power to offset over 50% of the Town of Chilmark's municipal demand. 

 

Welcome to Vineyard Power Cooperative

Offshore wind south of our island

Since 2009, Vineyard Power sought to create a renewable energy future, owned and guided by islanders with an ultimate goal of building a community owned offshore wind farm.

The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) began a process in 2009 to develop offshore wind off of the Atlantic Coast. 

Vineyard Power, along with members of our Renewable Energy Task Force and local and state politicians, have continually requested to BOEM that those communities most impacted by offshore wind farm development receive direct benefits from the these projects

On June 17, 2014, BOEM released the Proposed Sale Notice for the upcoming auction for the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area.  After much lobbying, we are pleased to annouce they included a 5% discount to those developers with a Community Benefit Agreement. 

We expect the auction to occur at the end of 2014 for a 1200 square mile area, 12 nautical miles south of Martha's Vineyard.

Now is the time to get involved!  For more information please call our office at 508-693-3002. 

Vineyard Power Cooperative

Vineyard Power is a 501(c)12, non-profit, energy co-operative based on the island of Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Our mission, as a 21st century utility company, is to produce electricity from local, renewable resources while advocating for and keeping the benefits within our island community. 
Our vision is to be Martha's Vineyard's community-owned utility company. 
These goals will be accomplished through several commercial scale solar installations, an offshore wind farm, and the implementation of smart grid technology.

Click HERE to learn more about the history of utility co-operatives.

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