Vineyard Wind Permitting Progress Shows Promise for U.S. Offshore Wind

For Immediate Release: Monday, March 8, 2021
NOIA Contact:  Justin Williams, (202) 465-8464 | jwilliams@nullnoia.org

Vineyard Wind Permitting Progress Shows Promise for U.S. Offshore Wind

Washington, D.C. - National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) President Erik Milito issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the completion of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Vineyard Wind offshore wind project: 

“The progress made in the Vineyard Wind permitting process is critical for the project developers and for the offshore wind industry as a whole. A timely and effective permitting regime is a necessity in developing the generational energy and economic opportunity of offshore wind. With Interior's announcement, we are closer to that reality.

“Wind developers also need the certainty that comes with a clear timeline of future opportunities. It has been more than two years since the last offshore wind lease sale. Wood Mackenzie determined that new, near-term lease opportunities could support 80,000 jobs annually and generate $166 billion in new investment by 2035, but the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) must first open the door to new leasing.”

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