Vineyard Wind CEO Says Company Remains Committed to Project

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Vineyard Wind says it’s committed to building an 800-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard despite a decision by federal regulators to delay issuing a key environmental impact statement.

Vineyard Wind CEO Lars Pedersen said the company is disappointed it won’t be able to deliver the project on the original timeline.

Pedersen said more than 50 U.S. companies have been awarded a contract or are currently bidding on contracts associated with the 84-turbine wind farm.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management spokeswoman Connie Gillette said Friday the agency took the action after deciding to include in their analysis projects that have been awarded power purchase agreements, but which may not have submitted construction plans.

Publication of the environmental statement was one of the final steps in the federal permitting process.

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