A Silver Lining in Vineyard Wind’s Delay?

By [email protected] The delay to Vineyard Wind’s Massachusetts offshore wind project has meant logistical migraines for the companies involved and uncertainty over the timing of the U.S. market’s long-awaited liftoff.

One possible upside? The additional scrutiny makes it less likely that Vineyard or other future projects will be brought to their knees by endless lawsuits, like Cape Wind was earlier this decade.

On the cusp of blossoming into a multi-gigawatt annual market along the East Coast, the U.S. offshore wind industry remains deeply frustrated by the Interior Department’s unexpected decision this summer to impose additional “cumulative impacts” studies on Vineyard’s project.

The 800-megawatt wind farm

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