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Feds launch environmental review of Mayflower Wind, second offshore wind project south of the Islands

Brayton Point area export cable routing map
Brayton Point area export cable routing map

A 30-day comment period began Monday, Nov. 1, for the federal environmental review of Mayflower Wind.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management plans to hold three virtual public hearings this month — on Nov. 10, 15, and 18.

Written comments received by Dec. 1, along with material from the hearings, will be used to inform an environmental impact statement on the project.

Mayflower is the second offshore wind project selected for a contract with Massachusetts electric companies, following Vineyard Wind.

Mayflower Wind would be located about 30 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 23 miles south of Nantucket.

The project plans to connect power to the grid in Falmouth and Brayton Point in Somerset.

The contract calls for 804 megawatts, but Mayflower’s federal application could grant the company approval for about three times that.

Mayflower has submitted multiple bids for the third round of Massachusetts contracts.

Ways to comment:

  • Register for the virtual public hearings at www.boem.gov/Mayflower-WindScoping-Virtual-Meetings or by calling (703) 787-1553.
  • Send comments by mail in an envelope labeled, ‘‘MAYFLOWER WIND COP EIS’’ to Program Manager, Office of Renewable Energy, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, Virginia 20166.
  • Submit comments electronically through the regulations.gov web portal by searching for Docket No. BOEM–2021– 0062.
Jennette Barnes is a reporter and producer. Named a Master Reporter by the New England Society of News Editors, she brings more than 20 years of news experience to CAI.