U.S. offshore wind set to provide 12 percent of electricity demand in Massachusetts

first_imgU.S. offshore wind set to provide 12 percent of electricity demand in Massachusetts FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享GreenTech Media:Massachusetts on Wednesday selected an 804-megawatt project backed by Mayflower Wind, a joint venture of Shell and EDP Renewables, as the winner of its second offshore wind procurement.The announcement brings another major project into focus in the rapidly evolving U.S. market. Mayflower will build the offshore wind farm 20 miles south of Nantucket, with an anticipated start-up date in 2025.Mayflower beat out two other development groups in the solicitation: Vineyard Wind (comprising Avangrid and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners) and Bay State Wind (Ørsted and Eversource). It will now negotiate a final contract with the state’s distribution utilities, a process expected to wrap up in December.EDP Renewables, a unit of Portuguese utility EDP, is among the world’s leading renewables developers, with a major presence in U.S. onshore wind.Mayflower’s win comes a year and a half after Massachusetts awarded an 800-megawatt project in its first solicitation to Vineyard Wind. Put together, the 1,600 megawatts of capacity from Vineyard and Mayflower’s projects are expected to generate the equivalent of 12 percent of Massachusetts’ annual electricity demand.The state is likely to procure another 1,600 megawatts in the early 2020s, helping to maintain momentum for the supply chain. Some analysts believe Massachusetts will eventually expand its offshore wind target even further as it competes for jobs with states like New York and Connecticut.More: Massachusetts to hit 1.6 GW offshore wind requirement with 804 MW from Mayflower Wind projectlast_img

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