The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced on January 29, 2015, that OffshoreMW, along with its community based partner Vineyard Power Cooperative, as the provisional winner of a lease to develop offshore wind in the federal waters south of Martha's Vineyard. The lease area, OCS-A 501, consisting of 166,886 acres, is located approximately 14 miles south of the island of Martha's Vineyard.
Prior to today's auction, Offshore MW and Vineyard Power entered into a Community Benefit Agreement, the first of its kind in the US offshore wind industry. The Community Benefit Agreement is a collaborative effort to develop utility scale offshore wind with the intention of delivering value to the local community of Martha's Vineyard, through local job creation, infrastructure investment, and community participation and input in the project. OffshoreMW and Vineyard Power will also explore opportunities to deliver wider regional benefits and values from offshore wind development.
We would like to thank you, our members, for your continued support through this process and the countless letters and hours spent advocating on behalf of our organization. We have taken another giant step towards the realization of our community-owned offshore wind farm.
Our organization is looking forward to the challenges ahead and moving forward in the same spirit of collaboration as we continue to execute our goals.
Vineyard Power won the light tan colored zone - 501