EBC Offshore Wind Webinar: Celebrating Vineyard Wind’s Federal Permit Approval from BOEM


Date: June 30, 2021


Phone: (617) 505-1818

Email: [email protected]


Virtual Meeting

On May 11, 2021, the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management (BOEM) provided Record of Decision approval enabling the construction and operation of the Vineyard Wind 1 Offshore Wind Project. This EBC program will celebrate that approval with a panel discussion by the individuals responsible for securing the BOEM permit.

The Panel will include representatives from:

  • Chief Development Officer – Vineyard Wind
  • Lead Permitting Consultant – Epsilon Associates, Inc.
  • Environmental Counsel – Foley Hoag LLP
  • BOEM Permitting Consultants – Environmental Resources Management, Inc. (ERM)
  • Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

The panel will discuss their perspectives on achieving this federal and state permitting milestone.

Final Agenda – Offshore Wind Webinar – Celebrating Vineyard Wind’s Federal Permit Approval from BOEM

Please note: this webinar will not be recorded.

Detailed Background: On May 11, 2021, Vineyard Wind LLC, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), announced they had received the Record of Decision (ROD) approval from the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). Years in the making, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the approval of the construction and operation of the first large-scale, offshore wind project in the United States, located offshore Massachusetts. The 800-megawatt Vineyard Wind energy project will be located approximately 15 miles offshore Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket in the northern portion of Vineyard Wind’s lease area. It will create an estimated 3,600 jobs over the life of the project and provide enough power for 400,000 homes and businesses annually.

Vineyard Wind now has been given the green light and the final major step in the federal environmental permit review process.  The ROD grants Vineyard Wind final federal approval to install up to 84 turbines off Massachusetts as part of an 800-megawatt offshore wind energy facility. Turbines will be installed in an east-west orientation, and all the turbines will have a minimum spacing of 1 nautical mile between them in the north-south and east-west directions, consistent with the U.S. Coast Guard recommendations in the Final Massachusetts and Rhode Island Port Access Route Study.

The ROD adopts mitigation measures to help avoid, minimize, reduce, or eliminate adverse environmental effects that could result from the construction and operation of the proposed project. These mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements were developed through input, consultation, and coordination with stakeholders, Tribes, and federal and state agencies. “This project represents the power of a government-wide approach to offshore wind permitting, taking stakeholder ideas and concerns into consideration every step of the way,” said Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Amanda Lefton. “We will continue to advance new projects that will incorporate lessons learned from analyzing this project to ensure an efficient and predictable process for industry and stakeholders.”

The ROD is jointly signed by and addresses permitting decisions by BOEM, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Marine Fisheries Service within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Attendee list last updated on June 30, 2021

Heather Atwood Global Remediation Services Sales Director
Diane Baxter Cathie Group US Engineering Manager
Michael Behrmann NH Business Finance Authority Director, Offshore Wind Industry Development
Dan Belin VHB, Inc. Energy Market Lead
Eric Bender Bender editor
Marc Bergeron Epsilon Associates, Inc. Principal
Lee Blanchard Rix Renewables General Manager
Peggy Briggs Epsilon Associates, Inc. Managing Principal
Kelly Caiazzo Foley Hoag LLP Associate
Christian Capizzo Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Counsel
Tina Chin Mass DPU Counsel
Elizabeth Christmas Haley & Aldrich Assistant Project Manager
David Ciochetto State of Rhode Island – CRMC Principal Ocean Engineer – Program Manager
Jacquelyn Claver GZA GeoEnvironmental Ecologist
Molly Cote Civil & Environmental Consultants LSP
Rosalie DeCosta Vineyard Wind External Affairs Manager
Harlan Doliner Mabbett & Assocs Inc Vice President, Legal / Compliance
Trevor Dunn Vineyard Wind Export Cable Package Intern
Nancy Durfee Town of Somerset Town Planner
Geri Edens Vineyard Wind Director of Permitting
Joseph Engels GEI Consultants Inc. VP
Lisa Engler MA Office of Coastal Zone Management Director
Sarah Faldetta Epsilon—Retired Senior consultant
Brett Feldman Guidehouse Research Director
Tiffany Ferreira Vineyard Wind Development Operations Manager
Adrienne Fink Offshore Wind Consultants (OWC) Principal
Kenneth Fitzgerald Stantec Consulting Services Inc. Senior Principal
Greg Forcey Normandeau Associates, Inc. Principal Scientist
Billie-Jo Gauley Anchor QEA Senior Geologist
Aaron Geschiere Sustainable Energy Advantage Consultant
Isabelle Graj Vineyard Power Intern
Marissa Grenon Anderson & Kreiger LLP Summer Associate
Tim Griffin Vestas Port Contracting & Support Professional
Jonathan Hand GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. Project Manager
David Heimann Self Sef
Alice Hourihan Hourihan Consulting Consultant
Robert Huang MWRA Energy Program Manager
Danielle Iuliucci GES Project Scientist
A.J. Jablonowski Epsilon Associates, Inc. Principal
Rhonda Jackson Coaching & Consulting Consultant
James Janosky Consultant Consultant
Scott Johnstone VHB New England Energy Market Lead
ALEX KARP GZA Assistant Project Manager
George Katilus Vineyard Power Intern
Dylan King Beveridge & Diamond PC Associate
Kori Ktona Tetra Tech Marine Geologist
Robert LaBelle LaBelle & Associates Principal
Marilyn levenson Department of environmental protection senior counsel
John Luetzow Econcrete Tech Regional Mgr
Susan Marx Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Program Manager
Nate Mayo Vineyard Wind Director of Public Affairs
Gary McAllister GZA Sr. Vice President
Margaret L Merrill Marine marketing services President
Katherine Miller Tetra Tech Marine Project Specialist
Alicia Morandi RPS Ocean Science Ecologist/Environmental Consultant
George Morant Vineyardwind Offshore Operations Intern
Rebekah Nagy Sargent Lundy Technical Energy Consultant
Eric Nestler Normandeau Associates, Inc. Senior Principal Scientist
William O’Hearn Offshore Power LLC EVP, External Affairs
Rob O’Neal Epsilon Associates, Inc. Managing Principal
Erik Peckar Vineyard Power Cooperative General Manager
Dianne Phillips Holland & Knight LLP Partner
Steven Poirier Geosyntec Consultants Principal
Andrew Rella ECOncrete Inc. Technical Director of Business Development
Chris Rodstrom Vineyard Wind Technical Design and Permitting Manager
Jill Rowe RPS Director, Ocean Science
Kayla Salmon Vineyard Power Intern
Jacob San Antonio VHB Managing Director
meredith schwartz Dive Technologies Government Affairs
Casey Shea GEI Consultants, Inc. Environmental Compliance Manager
Andrew Shelby GZA Sr. Project Manager
Alan Shoer Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC Partner
Arianna Stokes University of New Hampshire Sustainability Fellow
Tim Sullivan TRC Senior Project Manager
Craig Swanson Swanson Environmental Associates Principal Associate
Danah Tench MA Dept. of Environmental Protection Dir. of Clean Energy and Climate Resiliency
David Terry GEI Consultants, Inc Vice President
Andrew Timmis J.F. Brennan Company, Inc. Director of Business Development
Sherrie Trefry VHB Energy Market Lead
Bob Varney Normandeau President
Andrew Vitvitsky MIT Climate CoLab Research Associate
Bob Wallace Ocean Surveys Inc. Sr. Project Manager
Philip Warburg Boston University Senior Fellow, BU Institute for Sustainable Energy
George Watson Robinson & Cole LLP attorney
Richard Zeroka RPS Ocean Science Permitting Director

Program Chair:

  • Wayne Cobleigh, Co-Chair, EBC Offshore Wind Working Group; Vice President – Client Services, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc.

Program Agenda:

Massachusetts’ Commitment to Offshore Wind

Kathleen Theoharides, Secretary
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Vineyard Wind Permitting – Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A

Panel Members:

  • Rachel Pachter, Chief Development Officer, Vineyard Wind
  • Bruce Carlisle, Director of Offshore Wind, MassCEC
  • Theodore A. Barten, PE, Founding Principal, Epsilon Associates
  • Holly Carlson Johnston, Associate, Epsilon Associates
  • Maria Hartnett, Principal, Epsilon Associates
  • Heather Heater, PMP, Program Manager, Environmental Resources Management, Inc. (ERM)
  • James Graham, Senior Partner, ERM
  • Adam P. Kahn, Esq., Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Zachary Gerson, Esq., Counsel, Foley Hoag LLP

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