Deepwater Wind plans Massachusetts port as base for 144MW project

Source: By Renewable Energy News • Posted: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Deepwater Wind will use New Bedford in Massachusetts as a hub for its 144MW Revolution offshore wind farm, if the project is given the go-ahead by state regulators.

The New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal and other facilities in the City would be used for construction and staging operations, the company said.

Deepwater said up to 700 direct regional construction jobs would be needed to complete the wind farm, which could be increased in size over time.

Deepwater Wind chief executive Jeffrey Grybowski said: “This is just the start of the regional economic benefits generated from Deepwater Wind’s projects.

“Revolution Wind will occupy just 20% of our site. As we build future projects in the site, we’ll create many more jobs in the region.”

Revolution would also be built in conjunction with a 40MW battery storage system provided by Tesla.

Utilities and state regulators are expected to make a decision in January on the project.

If approved, construction would start in 2022, with the project coming online in 2023.

Deepwater Wind also intends to submit an offshore wind proposal under Massachusetts’ separate 83C offshore wind request for proposals, with bids due in December.