Avangrid, Inc., a sustainable energy company and member of the Iberdrola Group, and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), a global leader in green energy investment, today announced that the Vineyard Wind 1 project completed the successful installation of the first GE Haliade-X Wind Turbine Generator (WTG) for the first-in-the-nation Vineyard Wind 1 project. The completed turbine consists of one tower, three blades, and one nacelle, and the fully assembled machine represents the largest turbine in the western world, with a nameplate capacity of 13 Megawatts, capable of providing power to more than 6,000 homes and businesses in Massachusetts.
Avangrid CEO Pedro Azagra said:
“This is a monumental achievement and a proud day for offshore wind in the United States that proves this industry is real and demonstrates Avangrid’s steadfast commitment to helping the Northeast region meet its clean energy and climate goals. While this is a landmark for this first-in-the-nation project and the industry, we remain focused on the important work ahead to continue the successful installation campaign of these massive turbines and deliver the first power to Massachusetts homes and businesses this year.”
Tim Evans, Partner and Head of North America for CIP, said:
“This complete turbine is a monument to the hard work and belief in our construction and project teams, and countless partners in our neighboring communities. Vineyard Wind is the future of American offshore wind, and it’s a future full of clean, sustainable energy and tremendous potential for job creation and reducing carbon pollution. Offshore wind continues to be a cornerstone in our investment strategy, with the U.S. market playing a central role.”
The project will consist of 62 wind turbines to generate 806 Megawatts, enough to power more than 400,000 homes and businesses in Massachusetts.
Jan Kjaersgaard, CEO GE Vernova Offshore Wind, said:
“Having the first offshore wind turbine in the water for the first commercial offshore wind farm in the US is an important symbolic milestone for our company, our customers, and our industry. It shows that our teams are making tangible progress on delivering on the significant potential of offshore wind. We are particularly proud to be using our Haliade-X 13 MW turbine to support Vineyard Wind in this endeavor and look forward to continuing to work together with them and all of our partners to bring this historic project to life.”
New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell said:
“The successful assembly of the first Wind Turbine Generator represents an important project milestone and another historic first for our port. It further demonstrates New Bedford’s capacity to support the staging of major wind projects.”
Senate President Karen E. Spilka said:
“The completion of the first generator is a milestone for Vineyard Wind, as the project continues to press onwards towards the completion of the country’s first commercial offshore wind farm, which will bring power from the wind directly into homes around Massachusetts. It’s wonderful to see this progress happening right in our own backyard, and I’m eager to see this project continue to move forward.”
State Senator Julian Cyr said:
“With the completion of Vineyard Wind’s first turbine, we are witnessing the country’s wind energy future come to fruition right off our shores. This impressive feat means we are on the edge of significant clean energy production for Massachusetts residents and the new job opportunities and economic growth that it brings to our region. Islanders and Cape Codders should be immensely proud to lead the nation in stemming the climate crisis.”
State Representative Antonio F.D. Cabral said:
“To see the fully constructed Wind Turbine Generator is to realize the promise of the Offshore Wind industry – clean, green jobs; new green energy to combat the climate crisis and reduce rates for consumers; and the successful collaboration between our public, private, and Labor partners. The City of New Bedford continues to secure its legacy in this latest historic achievement as a site that fosters innovation, collaboration, and vision for a green, equitable, and sustainable future for all residents throughout the Northeast. To witness what had begun as a conversation many years ago materialize as a fully assembled wind turbine is truly remarkable, and I commend all the partners, particularly our local tradespeople, who delivered on this promise.”
State Representative Christopher Markey said:
"With the completion of the first wind turbine generator we have taken another definitive step towards a Commonwealth free of fossil fuels. The turbine is not only a symbol of green energy but a symbol of economic opportunity. It stands as an example and a promise of continued economic growth in our region."
State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy (D-Franklin), House Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy, said:
“Today’s historic milestone is about firsts: the first completed turbine of the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the United States. And it all started with the foresight of now-Speaker Mariano and the House to see the incredible potential of the offshore wind industry to combat climate change, drive economic growth, and generate clean, affordable energy. I applaud Vineyard Wind and the Commonwealth's many partners in industry and labor who have worked tirelessly to transform this vision into reality.”
State Representative Dylan Fernandes said:
“Nation-leading offshore wind policy has led to the first utility-scale wind farm off the coast of our district bringing with it clean energy and good-paying year-round jobs. This turbine represents years of hard work and also reminds us of the important work ahead to combat global warming and provide a livable planet for future generations.”
From the outset of this project, Vineyard Wind recognized the importance of building and supporting a workforce of local, highly skilled and diverse tradespeople. The valuable collaboration with union leadership on this project is a prime example of how this new industry can be a responsive member of the communities it serves, ensuring accessible and family-sustaining careers.
Vineyard Wind began offshore construction in late 2022, achieved steel-in-the-water in June, and completed the nation’s first offshore substation in July. Construction flows through the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. In July 2021, Vineyard Wind signed the first Project Labor Agreement for an offshore wind project in the United States, which outlined the creation of 500 union jobs though the project.
An 806-megawatt project located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Vineyard Wind will generate electricity for more than 400,000 homes and businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, create 3,600 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) job years, save customers $1.4 billion over the first 20 years of operation, and is expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 1.6 million metric tons per year, the equivalent of taking 325,000 cars off the road annually.