Noah Asimow
Critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are increasing their presence in waters south of Martha’s Vineyard, according to a recent study, including large swaths of ocean slated for wind energy development.
Right Whales
Vineyard Wind

2022

As Vineyard Wind breaks ground on the nation’s first industrial-scale offshore wind farm, global supply chain issues and rising commodities prices have stalled a second project.
Vineyard Wind plans to make the Island its operations and maintenance hub for the offshore wind development project. It hosted a recent jobs fair at the regional high school.

Two offshore wind farms planned for waters south of Vineyard cleared key hurdles last week when the Martha’s Vineyard Commission voted to approve a helicopter hangar for Vineyard Wind 1, and separately, an undersea cable connector for New England Wind 1.

Both projects are being developed by conglomerates that have secured federal lease blocks some 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, as the race to develop offshore wind power heats up in Massachusetts.

A project from Vineyard Wind to build a maintenance and operations facility in Vineyard Haven to support its proposed wind farm 15 miles south of the Island took a step forward on August 25.
A massive plan to redevelop the Tisbury Marine Terminal on Beach Road in Vineyard Haven cleared another regulatory hurdle on Wednesday, when the town select board unanimously approved a harbor use permit for the project.
Commercial real estate redevelopment projects are beginning to proliferate along Beach Road in Vineyard Haven, with properties changing hands at a steady clip in the densely built, flood-prone harborfront corridor running from the head of Main street to the drawbridge.

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