Firm Bids to Build MA's First Offshore Wind Farm
In response to Massachusetts’ recent request for proposals, Bay State Wind has put in a bid to build the state’s first offshore wind farm.
Bay State Wind, which is a partnership between Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) and Connecticut-based energy company Eversource, is slated to build a commercial-scale wind farm, and has also pledged additional incentives.
Proposal and Promises
According to Ørsted, the partnership’s proposal includes the creation of 1,200 new jobs during the construction of the wind farm, and 10,800 direct and indirect jobs over the duration of the project. The wind farm is also slated to provide 500,000 Massachusetts homes with power.
The partnership has also indicated that it will make $30 million in lease payments, fees and taxes over the coming years, which will in turn support local government. In the same vein, Bay State Wind will also invest $1 billion directly into the commonwealth, and commit $17.5 million to support cornerstone programs for low-income families.
Looking forward, the firm also predicts $300 million in annual savings in lower winter costs.
The wind farm would be located 25 miles off New Bedford, away from both coastal and residential communities, featuring a 55-megawatt battery—the largest battery storage system ever implemented in conjunction with a wind farm. This will help ensure that power is available during peak hours.
According to North American Windpower, Bay State Wind has proposed both 400-megawatt and 800-megawatt wind farms, with 30- and 55-megawatt battery storage solutions, respectively.
New Bedford itself will act as the staging area during construction, as well as the hub of maintenance and operations for the wind farm during its lifespan. An onshore substation, to be located in Somerset, will be where the project delivers its energy, and where the 55-megawatt battery will be developed.
“We are confident that this bid represents the commonwealth’s strongest opportunity to meet its clean energy goals and lead the country in offshore wind development,” said Eversource Vice President of Business Development Mike Auseré.
“By capturing New England’s powerful and consistent offshore wind resource through the most advanced generation and transmission technology, we can provide clean electricity directly to the region. Additionally, Massachusetts will see major new investment, job creation and an increase in tax revenues to support public services.”
Wind farm energy leader Ørsted was behind the construction of the world’s first offshore wind farm in 1991. Eversource, on the other hand, is New England’s largest energy provider, and will be responsible for the development of the wind farm’s onshore transmission system.
The Bay State Wind partnership began in December 2016, in order to collaborate on development for this project.