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Vineyard Wind Still Waiting on Key Approval

Vineyard Wind said if it doesn't receive a definite answer from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management by the end of this month, it would be "challenging" to move forward

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    Turbine Blade Testing Underway in Boston Ahead of Wind Farm Construction

    In just a few months, construction will begin on Martha's Vineyard on the nation's first large scale offshore wind farm. But before that, turbine blade testing is underway in Boston's Charlestown neighborhood.

    (Published Tuesday, April 23, 2019)

    The state’s first offshore wind project remains in a holding pattern, waiting for a key federal environmental review to wrap up.

    Vineyard Wind last month said that if that review from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management isn’t done by the end of August, "it would be very challenging to move forward" with the current plan.

    On Tuesday, a spokesperson said that timeline has not changed.

    Vineyard Wind added that it expects to receive approval in the end, and it has expressed its desire to move forward with federal officials.

    Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

    Vineyard Wind is set to power about 400,000 homes across the Bay State, with turbines located south of Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard.

    The nation’s first wind farm is also located in New England, opening off of Block island a couple years ago.

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