A company with plans to build an offshore wind farm in waters off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard is holding community meetings over the next week. The company, Bay State Wind, is one of three expected to bid for the chance to sell wind energy to Massachusetts.
Bay State Wind wants to build a utility-scale wind farm in the Atlantic Ocean, in federal waters about 15 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. The project is a partnership between utility company Eversource and a Danish energy firm. They’re holding public open houses Monday in Somerset and Tuesday in New Bedford.
They’re expecting competition from two other companies: Vineyard Wind and Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind, the developer of the nation’s first offshore wind farm near Block Island. Deepwater Wind has promised $1 million for research at UMass Dartmouth into how wind energy can co-exist with other ocean industries, like fishing, but only if their bid wins approval from Bay State regulators.