Avangrid signs host agreement with Barnstable, Mass. for Park City Wind

Published on May 23, 2022 by Dave Kovaleski

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Avangrid Renewables entered into an agreement with the Town of Barnstable, Mass., for the Park City Wind project.

Through the Park City Wind Host Community Agreement (HCA), Avangrid Renewables will pay the town $16 million as a host community fee, above and beyond the applicable commercial taxes assessed by the town. Further, Avangrid Renewables will limit construction at the beach and along roadways to the non-summer months and restore the western portion of the parking lot at Craigville Beach, which will be used for temporary staging.

The Town of Barnstable will support electric transmission cables from the project to make an underground landfall at Craigville Beach and run underground along town roads to a newly constructed substation at Shootflying Hill Road. In addition, Avangrid Renewables will coordinate with the planned installation of a municipal sewer line along the onshore route to minimize disruption and defray some of the town’s sewer line roadwork costs.

“The Town of Barnstable is proud to continue to play a leadership role in our nation’s transition to clean energy,” Barnstable Town Manager Mark Ells said. “Hosting a second cable landing in Barnstable has allowed the Commonwealth to continue its efforts to chart a course for clean energy and climate action. The signing of a host community agreement with Park City Wind is a reflection of the strong community support for this clean energy initiative. The project and associated host community agreement will foster robust communication, cooperative planning, and coordinated construction activities that will advance the Town’s sewer project while providing millions of dollars in tax revenue and mitigation payments over the life of the project.”

This is the second offshore wind benefits package signed by the Town of Barnstable, following the HCA the town signed for Vineyard Wind 1 in 2018. Avangrid Renewables is a 50 percent joint owner of the Vineyard Wind project, along with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.

“As we continue to advance this vital new clean energy industry, Avangrid Renewables is honored to work with the Town of Barnstable, which has demonstrated tremendous leadership in helping make offshore wind in the U.S. a reality,” Bill White, president and CEO of offshore at Avangrid Renewables, said. “By limiting construction to non-summer months, aligning with the Town’s sewer line installation work, and infusing significant revenue to support essential municipal services, this plan is a win-win for the Town of Barnstable and our mutual goal to build transformational clean energy projects like Park City Wind.”

Park City Wind is an 800 MW offshore wind project that will provide enough clean energy to power approximately 400,000 homes per year and cut greenhouse gases by approximately 1.1 million tons annually. Park City Wind is currently in the federal and state permitting process. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2026.

Avangrid Renewables is also developing the 1200-MW Commonwealth Wind project, providing more than 2 GW of clean, renewable energy to the New England market.