Avangrid announces significant milestone for Vineyard Wind 1 project


Avangrid, Inc., a leader in sustainable energy and part of the Iberdrola Group, along with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) through its affiliate Vineyard Offshore, have announced a significant milestone for the Vineyard Wind 1 project. This project marks the first large-scale offshore wind initiative in the United States, now delivering clean energy to 30,000 homes and businesses in Massachusetts. The activation of the first five GE Haliade-X turbines signifies a pivotal moment, contributing approximately 68 Megawatts to the New England grid, and serving as a beacon of the region’s commitment to sustainable energy sources.

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Once fully operational, Vineyard Wind 1 will stand as the largest renewable energy facility in New England, generating 806 Megawatts — sufficient to power 400,000 homes and businesses. This project not only represents a significant leap forward in the clean energy transition but also sets a benchmark for future offshore wind projects across the nation.

The project has received endorsements from prominent figures including President Joe Biden, Governor Maura Healey, and other key legislative leaders, highlighting its importance to the clean energy sector. Governor Healey remarked on the project’s role in advancing net-zero emissions goals and enhancing public health through cleaner air. Avangrid CEO Pedro Azagra also emphasized the collective effort and perseverance that brought this visionary project to fruition.

Avangrid powers up five turbines of Vineyard Wind 1 project

Avangrid powers up five turbines of Vineyard Wind 1 project

Vineyard Wind’s construction journey, starting in late 2022 and achieving significant milestones such as the nation’s first offshore substation, underscores the project’s innovative spirit.

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Furthermore, the project has surpassed its initial job creation commitments, generating 937 union jobs through two years of construction, highlighting its economic impact alongside its environmental benefits.

Vineyard Wind is projected to save customers $1.4 billion over 20 years, create 3,600 Full Time Equivalent job years, and significantly reduce carbon emissions — equivalent to removing 325,000 cars from the road annually. This initiative is a testament to the power of collaboration, innovation, and commitment to a sustainable future.

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