May 7, 2021
Alex Strysky, MEPA Analyst
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs MEPA Office
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
Re: Draft Environmental Impact Report, EEA Number 16231 Vineyard Wind Connector 2 Project
Dear Mr. Strysky,
I am writing to express the support of the Cape Cod Technology Council, Inc. (“CCTC”) for Vineyard Wind Connector proposed by Vineyard Wind, LLC (“Vineyard Wind”). Founded in 1996, the CCTC is a membership based non-profit organization whose mission is to promote technology, education and economic development on Cape Cod, the Islands, and Southeastern Massachusetts. Our membership includes local Cape, Islands, and Southeastern Massachusetts businesses, technology innovators, educational organizations, government entities, working professionals, and community leaders.
The CCTC supports the development of innovative solutions to meet the anticipated energy needs of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. One of the most promising of these solutions is wind energy. The Vineyard Wind project has the potential to meeting these needs while advancing the state of wind energy technology.
On March 19, 2021, Vineyard Wind submitted a Draft Environmental Impact Report (“DEIR”) for the Vineyard Wind Connector 2 Project to the Executive office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (“EEA”). The DEIR provides a detailed analysis of existing environmental conditions, potential Project related impacts, and measures to minimize those impacts. The CCTC notes that Vineyard Wind has engaged, and continues to engage, with local and regional stakeholders to minimize adverse impacts on marine and coastal habitats and communities. In light of the long-term economic and environmental benefits offered by off-shore wind projects such as Vineyard Wind, the CCTC trusts that the EEA will carefully review and appropriately act on the EEA.
The CCTC appreciates your consideration of our views. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Jennifer Reid, President