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Historic moment in the US offshore wind industry with the first delivery of power from the Vineyard Wind 1 project

In an important advance toward promoting sustainable energy, Avangrid and CIP announced that Vineyard Wind 1 project has reached a significant milestone by successfully delivering approximately five megawatts of energy at 11:52 PM on Tuesday, January 2, 2024. This achievement marks a crucial step on the path to full operation of five turbines in early 2024, with additional tests scheduled both onshore and offshore.

Impact on Massachusetts and the Offshore Wind Industry

"This is a historic moment for the American offshore wind industry," said Governor Maura Healey, highlighting the importance of this achievement and noting that Vineyard Wind 1 will soon provide power equivalent to more than 400,000 homes in Massachusetts, representing significant progress toward clean, affordable energy. Business leaders, public officials and offshore wind industry advocates emphasized the significance of this milestone.

Pedro Azagra, CEO of Avangrid, recognized the crucial moment for climate action in the U.S. and expressed pride in the role played by various stakeholders, including the Biden Administration and the Healey-Driscoll Administration.

Tim Evans, CIP partner and head of North America, highlighted the importance of this milestone as the beginning of a new era for renewable energy in America, providing renewable, locally produced and affordable energy to U.S. consumers.

Achieving Sustainable Goals

The Vineyard Wind project interconnects power to the New England grid in Barnstable, using subway cables that connect to an inland substation on Cape Cod. Once fully operational, the project's 62 wind turbines will generate 806 megawatts, meeting the energy needs of more than 400,000 homes and businesses in Massachusetts.

Vineyard Wind 1, jointly owned by Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners through CI II and III, is being developed and constructed by Avangrid and Vineyard Offshore, CIP's affiliate for offshore projects in the U.S. Avangrid will assume responsibility as the operations and maintenance service provider after commercial operations, according to an agreement signed in August 2022.

Local Leaders Recognized

Local leaders, including House Speaker Ronald J. Mariano, Senate President Karen E. Spilka, and State Senator Julian Cyr, among others, praised the project milestone, emphasizing Massachusetts' critical role in combating the climate crisis and its position as a regional hub for offshore wind energy. “I congratulate Vineyard Wind on this important, hard-won milestone, demonstrating yet again that offshore wind in America is real, and that the Port of New Bedford well-suited to support the industry,” said New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell. “This is a great way to kick off 2024.”

Commitment to Community and Employment

Vineyard Wind 1's commitment to supporting a diverse and highly skilled local workforce has been evident throughout the progression of the project. Collaboration with union leaders has resulted in the creation of significant employment opportunities in the region, thereby strengthening the project's positive impact on the local community.

This milestone for the Vineyard Wind 1 project represents a step forward in the drive towards a more sustainable energy future, emphasizing the potential of offshore wind energy to meet energy needs in a clean, efficient and economically viable manner.


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