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NE - US offshore leaseholders welcome Vineyard study

The five New England offshore wind leaseholders in the US – Equinor, Mayflower Wind, Orsted/Eversource and Vineyard Wind – have welcomed the supplemental environmental impact statement on the Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm.

The SEIS was posted to the Federal Register on 12 June by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and looks beyond the New England lease areas, to a possible future in 10 plus years when there are 22GW of offshore wind production at potential project sites from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina to the Gulf of Maine.

The statement said: “The release of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) marks a significant milestone for the US offshore wind industry.

“The SEIS provides an evaluation of the foreseeable cumulative impacts of projects from North Carolina to Maine and provides a framework for future development of the industry given the demand for offshore wind on the US East Coast that can continue to be refined as projects are built.

“We’re pleased that the document, while clearly outlining both positive and negative impacts of a future buildout of projects, also makes clear that there is much that can be done to ensure the positive outweighs the negative.”

The leaseholders added that they are looking forward to working with BOEM all stakeholders as they “launch a domestic energy transition that will create tens of thousands of jobs, billions in direct, private investments and dramatically reduce the amount of carbon emissions that are a driving factor of climate change”.

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