MA - Massachusetts Regulators Approve Contracts for 804 MW Offshore Wind Project
The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities late Nov. 5 issued an order approving long-term contracts for 804 MW of offshore wind capacity from the Mayflower Wind project to supply the state's electric distribution companies.
However, uncertainty remains over US East Coast offshore wind project completion timing.
"The approval of these contracts furthers the Commonwealth's development of an offshore wind industry that will create local jobs, spur economic development and provide Massachusetts ratepayers with clean, affordable and resilient energy," Governor Charlie Baker said in an emailed statement.The project is a joint venture of Shell and EDP Renewables.
The project will bring the volume of offshore wind capacity procured by Massachusetts to approximately 1.6 GW. In 2018, following a report by the Department of Energy Resources that found additional procurements of offshore wind would benefit the state, the Baker-Polito Administration increased the state's overall offshore wind commitment to 3.2 GW by 2035, the statement said.
Mayflower Wind's bid to develop an offshore wind power plant was selected for contract negotiation in October 2019 based a request for proposals that was approved by the DPU after review by an independent evaluator.