The Cape Winds Offshore Wind Farm is working with a number of government agencies and independent specialists to fully investigate the potential environmental impacts of the project.
As part of this process, we will be carrying out rigorous environmental impact, and feasibility studies. These studies will involve extensive data collection on water and on land and are expected take several years to complete.
The Cape Winds Offshore Wind Farm has been formally referred to State and Federal agencies in May, 2021 resulting in the determination that an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) is required under the Environmental Effects Act (Vic, 1978), and that a Controlled Action is triggered under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act (Cth, 1999). The Victorian Minister for Planning has determined both approvals processes can be completed under a bi-lateral agreement between State and Commonwealth agencies.
For background information, referral documentation can be found here:
Following this process, EES Scoping Requirements outlining the scope of environmental studies required have now been finalized by the Victorian Minister for Planning, and can be found here:
VIC Offshore Windfarm Project EES Draft Scoping Requirements | Engage Victoria
The completion of environmental and feasibility studies is expected to take several years to complete, before they are submitted to the Department of Environment, Energy and Climate Action (DEECA) for assessment and public review.
If you have any questions or would like to arrange a meeting please do not hesitate to contact us on the details below: