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US offshore wind nears realization

After delaying for more than one and a half year, federal authorities have completed their environmental review of Vineyard Wind, which is now merely one step away from approval. An enormous milestone for the industry, says developer.

At last, the fog surround Vineyard Wind seems to clear. This photo shows British offshore wind farm Teesside, however. | Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The realization of the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the US seems at hand. The nation's federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has just published its final environmental impact statement (FEIS) regarding Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners' (CIP) and Avangrid's project in Massachusetts, Vineyard Wind.

Only one step thereby remains before the 800-MW farm may receive approval for its Construction and Operation Plan (COP).

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