Massachusetts to hit 1.6 GW offshore wind requirement with 804 MW from Mayflower Wind project

Source: By Robert Walton, Utility Dive • Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Mayflower Wind Energy submitted four proposals in response to Massachusetts’ request, and the state ultimately selected the “Low Cost Energy” option. Officials have yet to release a final cost of the project because negotiations are ongoing.

In a statement,¬†officials said the project was determined to “provide the greatest overall value to Massachusetts customers.”¬†Mayflower Wind’s proposal offered “a more competitive price with greater economic development opportunities.”

Other Mayflower proposals included a smaller wind project, investment in Massachusetts’ ports, and an investment in a manufacturing facility to make wind towers.

Mayflower Wind’s selection “concludes a rigorous solicitation,” the state said, which was evaluated by DOER and Massachusetts utilities Eversource, National Grid and Unitil.

According to Mayflower, the project will reduce electricity rates $3.7 billion over the term of the contract while eliminating 1.7 million metric tons CO2 emissions annually.

The 800 MW Vineyard Wind 1 project won the first procurement under Massachusetts’ Energy Diversity Act of 2016. State officials said the combined energy output of the selected projects represents approximately 12% of the state’s annual energy demand.