Vineyard Power Collaborates on Resiliency and Affordability Fund to Benefit Residents and Communities on Islands

Partnership with Vineyard Wind will enable lower electricity bills for low-income residents, fund community-based energy storage projects

(March 29, 2018) – Vineyard Power Cooperative and offshore wind developer Vineyard Wind today formally announced a Resiliency and Affordability Fund that will contribute $1 million in annual funding for 15 years to provide substantial and self-sustaining low-income and community benefits to towns that host the off-shore wind project.

The Vineyard Wind Resiliency and Affordability Fund will fund distributed battery energy storage and solar projects in local communities as well as provide dollar credits directly to low-income ratepayers’ electric utility bills. Projects supported by the Fund will be implemented on Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, as well as New Bedford, Barnstable and Yarmouth and across Bristol County. Projects will include solar and energy storage projects and will demonstrate how decentralized battery energy storage will enhance reliability as Massachusetts continues to expand renewable energy resources such as offshore wind.

“Vineyard Power Cooperative and Vineyard Wind continue to build their strong relationship founded on the principle of delivering value and benefits of renewable energy development to local communities”, said Vineyard Power’s President Richard Andre. “Vineyard Wind recognizes the value and importance of working with local organizations and signed the nation’s first Community Benefit Agreement for offshore wind development with our organization in 2015.  The Cooperative is looking forward to developing community-focused solar and energy storage projects and to progress the Commonwealth’s battery storage and renewable energy initiatives.”

“Vineyard Wind deeply appreciates the opportunity to collaborate with community-based organizations on important issues of shared interest,” said Erich Stephens, Chief Development Officer with Vineyard Wind. “This local partnership approach is what enables Vineyard Wind to quickly deliver on the large amount of clean energy  generation and job creation that we all want for our region, and coastal communities in particular.”

The Fund will deliver significant and on-going benefits to these communities in the form of bill-credits for low-income residents’ electricity bills, and back-up power and cost savings for public buildings.  Vineyard Wind’s first contribution to the Fund is planned for 2019, once construction of the offshore wind project begins; the project will be the first commercial-scale offshore wind project in the US. 

Direct benefits of the Resiliency and Affordability Fund include:

·       Distributed battery energy storage that enhance systems reliability and resiliency through community-based deployment of distributed battery energy storage

·       Community benefits in New Bedford, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Barnstable, Yarmouth and other communities in Bristol County through funding for energy storage and solar projects that provide back-up power and energy cost savings for public buildings

·       Ratepayer relief in communities hosting the Vineyard Wind project in the form of bill-credits for low-income residents

The Fund will be administered by, and projects implemented by Vineyard Power and Citizens Energy, a non-profit that will draw on nearly 40 years’ experience in energy efficiency work, renewable energy development, and low-income energy assistance programs..  An advisory committee, composed of representatives from each of the host communities, will help identify new project opportunities and guide funding decisions.

Vineyard Wind to Undertake Third Round of Marine Surveys in Wind Farm Project Area Beginning in Early April

Research campaign of geological and marine habitats off Massachusetts coast continues to gather important ecological information as part of permitting review

Please read our latest Notice to Mariners here. 

Vineyard Wind will begin the third in an ongoing series of undersea marine surveys in early April to gather geological and ecological information that will inform ongoing permitting reviews. Information collected includes water depths, geology of sea floor, benthic habitat types as well as the presence of shellfish, eelgrass, and other species.

Areas to be surveyed by way of video surveys, seafloor sampling, sonar, and boring samples include routes under consideration for submarine cables, including Lewis Bay, as well as the wind turbine area 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. Surveying is planned through guidance and consultation with local, state, federal regulators, including Yarmouth and Barnstable shellfish constables, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries, as well as environmental groups.

Survey operations will begin after April 2nd and will continue into the summer. This will be the third survey campaign undertaken by Vineyard Wind and the most extensive offshore study to date for the project. Earlier campaigns were conducted in 2016 and 2017. Additional follow-on studies will be conducted after completion of this campaign, including pre-, during-, and post-construction fisheries and benthic studies.

Surveys will involve at least six different vessels operated by at least three different companies and will include a shellfish survey in Lewis Bay. Vessels will work offshore continuously, with port operations planned out of New Bedford, Hyannis, and Vineyard Haven. Formal “Notices to Mariners” for survey work will be communicated through all appropriate official channels, including the Coast Guard and Department of Defense. Vineyard Wind also will continue to conduct extensive outreach to the fishing industry to ensure coordination. Vessels using towed gear or boring equipment will be crewed by observers who watch for marine mammals and other protected species. Survey operations may be halted at times in an abundance of caution to protect certain marine animals.

In December, Vineyard Wind became the first of several competing projects to apply for federal and state construction permits by submitting applications with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities’ Energy Facilities Siting Board.

Following the passage of  An Act to Promote Energy Diversity in 2016, Massachusetts required the state’s electric distribution companies to procure 1,600 megawatts (MW) of clean, offshore wind energy within the next decade, resulting in robust interest by developers to participate in the procurement process for long-term offshore wind contracts. The addition of 1,600 MW of low-carbon wind generation capacity will provide enough clean, homegrown energy to power the equivalent of more than 750,000 Massachusetts homes every year. 

Offshore Wind Visualization Simulation

Vineyard Power is hosting an open house visual simulation viewing of Vineyard Wind's ( proposed offshore wind farm - located 14 miles south of Martha's Vineyard. 

This will be an opportunity to view what the Vineyard Wind project will look like, simulated from a variety of locations from the southern shore of Martha's Vineyard

Open House - Visual Simulation Date & Time:

Thursday, March 22, 2018
5:30pm - 7:30pm

Vineyard Power Office
517 State Road in Vineyard Haven

Parking located at the Vineyard Power office with overflow parking at the Black Dog Cafe.

If you're interested, please RSVP to

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A call to action, a message from our Chairman

The Vineyard Power Co-op was born out a long-range energy plan for the island. Locally-produced energy, like local food, makes sense to us. Standing up, getting involved, shaping the future of our energy makes sense to us.

We have a role, and we want more people to have one, too. From 2010 - 2015, the Co-op worked with island towns and officials to guide the U.S. government in identifying areas of the ocean that would be available for wind farms.  

The Co-op continues to put an island imprint on the development plans for offshore wind, including gathering members' suggestions to name one of the projects for the Vineyard.  

Including getting that project to commit to putting the permanent operations and maintenance facility in Vineyard Haven harbor, and a goal of 100% of that staff being Martha's Vineyard residents within five years of the project being operational.

Now our partners in the development of Vineyard Wind have begun the public permitting process with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. There are initial forms and descriptions of the project available for review, and for comment.

Now is the time, though not the only time, to make comments about the assessment of environmental impact, about the studies needed, and alternatives or mitigation. This is our opportunity to shape the energy future that makes sense to us.

The Vineyard Wind project is an opportunity to approve and build a significant reduction in gas-burning and CO2 emissions, and will be a very tangible demonstration of our commitment and resolve.

This initial Massachusetts' review applies to the underwater and underground cables to connect the wind farm to the mainland transmission grid. The cables are planned for Massachusetts waters and land, in carefully selected routes. All cables will be securely buried using proven installation techniques.

On the Cape there will be some short term disturbance to residents along the land cable routes, which will be minimized by proper construction scheduling, and traffic management. Affected streets will be restored to "like new" condition. Any temporary local inconvenience should be weighed against the important and large-scale societal benefits of the project.

The first Environmental Notification Forms (ENF) now filed with Massachusetts will lead to more review at the state, local and Federal levels.   

We are asking you, our members for letters of support for the state review.  

Please show your support with a letter emailed to the MEPA  

Analyst (Purvi Patel) at by January 30, 2018 (reference EEA No. 15787 in subject line) or U.S. mail to:

Secretary Matthew A. Beaton
Attn: MEPA Office, Purvi Patel
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA, 02114

To learn more about the ENF filing or to read the document please visit the Vineyard Wind website by clicking here

Project Update: MEPA Environmental Review of Vineyard Wind Begins

Offshore wind energy project first in Mass. Clean Energy solicitation to undergo state review

The Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office has begun an environmental review of the proposed Vineyard Wind Connector transmission project. The review is yet another step forward for Vineyard Wind’s proposal to construct a large, utility-scale wind energy project off the coast of Massachusetts, with in-state construction to begin in 2019.

Vineyard Wind’s accelerated timeline positions the project to become the first commercial large-scale offshore wind farm in the United States, which will soon deliver significant economic development and clean energy benefits to residents and businesses in the Commonwealth.

State and local regulatory review of the Vineyard Wind Connector project, a buried and submarine electric transmission project which will provide grid connection for offshore wind turbines located over 14 miles south of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, will be undertaken by a number of state and local agencies and boards in addition to the MEPA review.  These regulatory reviews and approvals include the Conservation Commission and Planning Boards of the Towns of Barnstable and Yarmouth as well as the Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

The MEPA review process began with public consultative sessions in Boston and Hyannis, as well as a site visit in Barnstable and Yarmouth, on Monday, January 8th. The meetings and site visit follow Vineyard Wind’s filing of an Environmental Notification Form (ENF) and permit application on December 15, 2017. The consultation sessions and site visit conducted by the MEPA office were undertaken to gather public comment and agency input for MEPA’s use in developing a Scope for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR). The review will include a Mandatory Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) by Vineyard Wind, and opportunity for public comment to the Final EIR. 

The proposed Vineyard Wind Connector is comprised of subsea and subsurface electrical transmission lines and a new substation that will connect the Vineyard Wind generation project to the Massachusetts electric grid. 

The Vineyard Wind offshore wind turbine array, located in the federal waters south of Martha’s Vineyard and approximately 34 miles south of the Cape Cod mainland, calls for a grid connection point to an existing substation in an industrial park in Barnstable with no changes to the existing electrical transmission. Vineyard Wind has stipulated that solid dielectric cables will be buried for their entire length and that transformers and other electrical equipment at the new substation will be underlain by full volume, impervious containment systems. 

MEPA will accept written comment on the ENF until January 16, 2018. Copies of the ENF are available at public libraries and town government offices in Yarmouth, Barnstable, Mashpee, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

In addition to MEPA review, the Vineyard Wind project will face substantial public review through over 25 federal, state, and local approval processes, including from the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (federal Environmental Impact Statement), the Army Corps of Engineers, the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board, Massachusetts DEP and CZM, the Cape Cod Commission and local conservation commissions.

Vineyard Wind also continues to engage in active conversations with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.

To view the MEPA filing please visit Vineyard Wind's website by clicking here.

8th Annual Member Meeting

Our 8th Annual Member Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 1st from 5:30-7:00pm at the Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs.  We will be introducing newly elected board members, discussing the recent 100% Renewable energy Summit we held in September, and giving an update on the most recent developments with Vineyard Wind and our ongoing legislative efforts for Community Empowerment

Mayor Jon Mitchell, State Representatives to join Vineyard Wind for New Bedford Office Opening


Mayor Jon Mitchell, State Representatives to join Vineyard Wind for

New Bedford Office Opening

Vineyard Wind’s new office to open June 29

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (June 23, 2017) – Vineyard Wind, an offshore wind energy developer vying to build the first utility-scale project off the coast of Massachusetts, will host a ribbon cutting and office warming reception at its facility on 700 Pleasant Street in New Bedford.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, along with State Representatives Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford), Pat Haddad (D-Somerset), Robert Koczera (D-New Bedford) and Paul Schmid (D-Westport) will join Vineyard Wind to cut the ribbon for the office.

“We’re thrilled so many of our local leaders will join us to celebrate our new office opening,” said Erich Stephens, CEO of Vineyard Wind.  “Offshore wind will bring real economic opportunity to this region, and Mayor Mitchell and the members of our legislature recognize how it can benefit New Bedford and the South Coast.  We’re excited to be part of this community.”

Who:                        Mayor Jon Mitchell

Rep. Antonio Cabral (D-New Bedford)

Rep. Pat Haddad (D-Somerset)

Rep. Robert Koczera (D-New Bedford)

Rep. Paul Schmid (D-Westport)

When:                    June 29, 4 to 7 p.m.

Where:                   700 Pleasant Street, Suite 510, New Bedford

Vineyard Wind is one of three companies that has acquired lease rights to build wind projects off the coast of Massachusetts. Vineyard Wind’s project area is about 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. Last summer, Massachusetts required utilities to procure 1,600 megawatts (MW) of clean, offshore wind energy within the next decade. When the 1,600 MW of generation capacity are completed, they will generate enough clean, homegrown energy to power the equivalent of more than 750,000 Massachusetts homes every year.

Media planning to attend should RSVP to

About Vineyard Wind

Vineyard Wind, a portfolio company of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables,  is an offshore wind development company, based in New Bedford, Mass., that is seeking to build the first large-scale offshore wind energy project in the US.


John Lamontagne, Rasky Partners




Join VP at Offshore Ale on Thursday, FebRuary 2 - Dine to Donate

Join Vineyard Power on Thursday, February 2nd, all day, at Offshore Ale!  There will be several silent auction items up for grabs including assorted meat from Cleveland Farm, jewelry from Hawkhouse, gift basket from Brickyard & more! 

Show this coupon to your server and 20% of food sale will go directly to Vineyard Power. 

To make a reservation for lunch or dinner call 508-693-2626.

Offshore Wind Public Information Meetings

The information meeting will be:
·         Vineyard Haven - Monday, November 14, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at the Tisbury Senior Center, Council on Aging, 34 Pine Tree Road, Vineyard Haven
On November 14, representatives from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will host a public information meeting in Vineyard Haven to present, answer questions, and discuss recent and upcoming planning and assessment activities related to future offshore wind projects in federal waters off Massachusetts.

Topics include an overview of the new energy diversity law and updates on: marine mammal and bird studies, Metocean data collection, geological surveys, and transmission planning. Representatives of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will be in attendance. For more information on the offshore wind activities for Massachusetts, see the EEA website.

Richard Andre, President of Vineyard Power and development partner Erich Stephens, Vice President of Vineyard Wind (formerly OffshoreMW), have also been invited to provide a timely update on our progress.


Offshore Wind Survey Update

In September, October, and November, reconnaissance geophysical & geotechnical surveys will take place within a portion of the BOEM Massachusetts Wind Energy Area, lease area OCS – A 501. The vessel Shearwater is being used for the majority of the geophysical survey work. The Synergy will be on site for up to a few weeks in late October – early November. The Synergy will be stationary while conducting the geotechnical survey work.  

For a printable version of the notice, please click this link.

Offshore Wind Survey Update

In September and October, a reconnaissance geophysical survey will take place within a portion of the BOEM Massachusetts Wind Energy Area, lease area OCS – A 501 (see survey update and chart below).  This survey will gather data on seabed and subfloor conditions that will assist in identifying potential locations for future siting of offshore wind turbines. 

Details of subsequent phases of the survey will be determined and announced shortly.  

Collecting data and working with the local fisheries

This is the first step of data collection and assessment that Vineyard Power & our partner OffshoreMW will undertake within the next several years in this area.  Vineyard Power is committed to communicating and working with the local fishermen in the region across all fishery sectors and during all stages of development of the proposed offshore wind farm. 

OffshoreMW Acquires New Financial Backers & Names Project

We are pleased to announce our partner OffshoreMW, which holds an offshore wind lease south of Martha's Vineyard has new financial backers and a new name for their project. 

Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has recently acquired OffshoreMW & will provide senior management & technical expertise in developing the Massachusetts lease area.  

Richard Andre, President of Vineyard Power said, "We're very pleased that we'll now be working with the CIP team.  We've met with them and know they bring an enormous amount of offshore wind expertise, they have the investment capacity, and they appreciate what we have to offer as a local community partner.  Together we'll be able to deliver a great project for the Vineyard, & for the entire commonwealth."  

In addition, the name of the project will be "Vineyard Wind", reflecting both the project's proximity to the island as well as OffshoreMW's long standing ties to Vineyard Power Cooperative.  

More to come soon!

MA Legislature Passes Offshore Wind Energy Bill

A new law in Massachusetts, passed on July 31, 2016, will requires utility companies in the state (Eversource & National Grid) to buy up to 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind energy over the next 10 years, making it the largest commitment of its kind in the country.

This commitment to a new renewable energy industry will create many jobs in our region and the south coast.  Vineyard Power will continue to advocate for local jobs on Martha's Vineyard. 

To learn more, read this article from the MV Gazette.

Governor Charlie Baker Signs the Energy Omnibus Bill on August 8, 2016.  Our President Richard Andre was present at this Ceremony.

Governor Charlie Baker Signs the Energy Omnibus Bill on August 8, 2016.  Our President Richard Andre was present at this Ceremony.

In Partnership, Vineyard Power Wins Lease Area With Offshore MW

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

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