Firms compete for Massachusetts offshore wind contract

Ørsted and Eversource’s joint venture Bay State Wind has submitted a proposal to begin construction of a new offshore wind project off the coast of Massachusetts. The proposal has come in response to the Commonwealth’s request for proposals for 400MW of offshore wind energy capacity. Bay State Wind’s proposal would include both this 400MW project, as well as an additional 800MW project. An acceptance of the proposal would add to Ørsted’s portfolio of offshore wind farm projects like Hornsea and Hornsea Two as well as successful wind farms in the German North Sea. However, the proposal has been met with competition from Vineyard Wind, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, who have offered a similar 400MW option along with two options for 800MW projects.

Bay State Wind has taken feedback from the coastal Massachusetts community, and revised its proposal to incorporate wind farm layout patterns that are conscious of historical fishing patterns, so as not to affect the local industry. While Ørsted has an established presence throughout Europe due to its numerous offshore wind farm projects, its co-operation with New England based firm Eversource provides local contact and experience, which could give Bay State Wind an edge over Vineyard Wind. So far, Vineyard Wind’s proposal contains less specific detail, but promises “significant job creation and port infrastructure investment opportunity for the region, while ensuring an attractive fixed price for electric ratepayers”. The proposal indicates that additional details will be released in the coming weeks.

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