An offshore wind developer is seeking comments from the public on potential environmental impacts of its proposed Massachusetts project, which could be the nation's first large-scale offshore wind farm if approved.
Vineyard Wind wants to build an 800-megawatt energy facility 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. The wind farm's 106 wind turbine generators would be capable of powering up to 500,000 homes.
The company, along with two other developers, submitted proposals to the state last year in response to a request from power companies.
If their project is approved, Vineyard Wind said their wind farm could be operational as early as 2021.
The company would also invest $1 million each year into local energy storage projects, which they said are more cost effective and reliable than remote systems during power outages.
The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will host public meetings later this month in New Bedford at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Waypoint Event Center and in Kingston at the University of Rhode Island to gather comments to be considered for Vineyard Wind’s Environmental Impact Statement.