„As we demand more from our oceans, we need to ensure that critical clean energy needs are reconciled with the protection of our majestic right-hand whales and other marine species,” said Dr. Priscilla Brooks, Director of Sea Conservation at CLF. „This agreement represents an important step in the responsible development of offshore wind energy.” Fred van Beers, CEO of Sif, said: „For Sif, this is an exciting step in our continued development as the leading manufacturer of monopile. With the supply chain for the first large-scale wind farm built in the United States, Sif is making an important step towards growth in new markets. Our success as a reliable producer of monopiles quality and our commitment to truly working with our customers will ensure that we will make this new project a success for our client, whom we thank for the trust we have in Sif. „We are very pleased to reach this agreement, another important step in a project that will bring a whole new industry to the United States,” said Sy Oytan, Deputy CEO of Vineyard Wind. „Expanding the offshore wind in a wildlife-friendly manner is essential to addressing the climate crisis,” said Collin O`Mara, President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. „By ensuring responsible construction and exploitation of offshore wind energy, this model agreement is a win-win situation for the maintenance of wildlife and the creation of well-paying jobs. We are proud to work with Vineyard Wind and our conservation partners to protect vulnerable people in the North Atlantic, as this much-needed new clean energy industry begins in the United States. Following the release of the proposed Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Vineyard Wind project and in response to stakeholder feedback, the developer and other offshore wind tenants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts committed to implementing the network at a distance of one nautical mile (1 NM) between the wind turbines.
„Throughout the development of the project, Vineyard Wind has worked with all stakeholders to proactively resolve potential issues and design the best project possible. It was particularly exciting to work with these key environmental groups to develop better whale protection at all stages of the first supply-scale offshore wind project,” said Erich Stephens, Chief Development Officer of Vineyard Wind. Following the release of SEIS, the industry opposed the new layout options and stated that the 1×1 NM layout, agreed by all New England offshore wind producers, offers generous and consistent shipping lanes and is a greater distance than any other wind turbine currently operating in the world. The 1×1 NM layout was also determined by the U.S. Coast Guard to „maximize safe navigation,” as the industry has pointed out. BOSTON, MA – Vineyard Wind and the Natural Resources Defense Council, the National Wildlife Federation and the Conservation Law Foundation today reached an unprecedented agreement to protect endangered North Atlantic whales. There are only 400 whales left on the planet. For decades, the species has been exposed to threats such as fishing gear entanglement, ship collisions and potential seismic rays. Scientists now say the good whale could be functionally extinct within 20 years. Vineyard Wind`s conservation efforts are a model for the protection of marine mammals in the pursuit of future offshore wind projects, which are an integral part of the transition from climate-warming fossil fuels.
Once completed, the Vineyard wind plant will produce 800 megawatts of electricity, enough to power more than 400,000 homes with clean energy. The agreement between Vineyard Wind, NRDC, the National Wildlife Federation and the Conservation Law Foundation ensures that turbine construction is limited in winter and spring, when right whales may be in the area. The company will also closely monitor whether whales are