Mayflower Wind selected by Massachusetts to deliver 804MW offshore wind farm

The US state of Massachusetts has chosen Mayflower Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies and EDPR Offshore North America, to develop an 804MW offshore wind farm.

Mayflower’s proposal stated that the project would be able to provide energy at lower prices than its original price cap of US$84.23 per MWh in the long-term, trumping a competing proposal by Vineyard Wind.

The wind farm, located over 30 km South of the island of Nantucket, will reduce the electricity rate by $3.7 billion over the course of the contract and reduce CO2 emissions by 1.7 million tonnes a year.

During its life cycle, the project will create 10,000 jobs in the state, and is expected to begin operations in 2025.

“Mayflower Wind is proud to have been selected to provide low cost renewable energy to Massachusetts,” said Mayflower’s president John Hartnett.

“Development of the Mayflower Wind project will contribute to the building of an offshore supply chain on the south coast and across the Commonwealth, helping to launch a new clean, safe and innovative sector of our economy.”

The US offshore wind sector is currently only comprised of the 30MW Block Island wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, although other US states, including New York and New Jersey, have increased efforts to develop offshore projects this year.