As Ocean Wind Farms Near Reality, Plots Thicken

With offshore wind developers inching their way through the federal permitting process, government and company representatives stopped by the Vineyard this week.

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Survey Work Begins in Offshore Wind Area

Surveys of a future wind energy site south of Martha’s Vineyard are beginning Sept. 23, according to a notice to fishermen.

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State Energy Bill Seen as Boost for Offshore Power, Setback for Cape Wind

A landmark energy bill passed in the final hours of the legislative session Sunday opens the door to offshore wind energy, but prevents Cape Wind from competing for state-required energy contracts.

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Fishermen Give Cold Shoulder to Offshore Wind Developer

A representative from Denmark’s largest energy company had a chilly reception in Chilmark this week as commercial fishermen and others discussed a proposed wind farm south of the Vineyard.

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Wind Farm Development South of the Vineyard Begins to Pick Up Speed

As waters off the Vineyard begin to attract strong interest among wind energy developers, legislation now before Massachusetts lawmakers would spur significant changes in the way local consumers buy power from renewable energy sources.

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Update on Offshore Wind Plans at Vineyard Power Annual Meeting

Vineyard Power is entering a new phase in its plans to develop a wind farm south of the Vineyard. Having successfully partnered with developer Offshore MW to secure a lease on 167,886 acres in January, the Island-owned energy cooperative is now focusing on public outreach.

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Rhode Island Ferry Company Lands Wind Farm Contract

Rhode Island Fast Ferry has partnered with Deepwater Wind to build a new transport vessel for technicians working on the country’s first offshore wind energy project, located between Block Island and the Vineyard.

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Offshore Wind Leasing Moves Closer to the Vineyard

Last week Gov. Deval Patrick announced that 742,000 acres of ocean south of Martha’s Vineyard will soon be available for commercial wind energy leases. On Monday state officials appeared on the Island to explain the project.

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State Opens Large Ocean Area to Commercial Wind Leases

Some 742,000 acres of ocean south of Martha’s Vineyard will soon be available for commercial wind energy leases, Gov, Deval Patrick announced this week. A public meeting about commercial offshore wind energy leases is scheduled for Monday on the Vineyard.

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High School Looks to Wind Power for Utility Savings

Regional high school could save as much as $2.8 million on utility bills over the next 25 years using power produced by four turbines built on a 380-acre cranberry farm near the Bourne Bridge.

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