Deepwater Wind to bring offshore wind jobs, activity to New Bedford

Offshore wind. Source: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

October 23 (Renewables Now) - US firm Deepwater Wind plans to establish in New Bedford “a significant construction and long-term operations hub” for its proposed 144-MW Revolution Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts.

The company said Friday it intends to use the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal for construction and staging operations. This is to create about 700 construction jobs, it calculates.

Also, together with the City of New Bedford, Deepwater Wind is looking for suitable sites for an operations and maintenance (O&M) facility and vessel dockage.

The offshore wind project with a 40-MWh battery storage system by Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) was offered under Massachusetts’ Clean Energy request for proposals (RfP). Deepwater Wind has also proposed alternative versions of 288 MW and 96 MW.

A decision on the project by utilities and state regulators is expected in January 2018. If given the go-ahead, construction work would commence locally in 2022, Deepwater Wind said. Survey work is already underway at the federal lease site the company has won off Massachusetts.

Revolution Wind's use of port facilities in New Bedford will fetch USD 5.5 million (EUR 4.7m) in annual fees to the state and USD 500,000 per year to the city, allowing it to introduce additional port services and expand the port. Matthew Morrissey, Deepwater Wind VPMassachusetts, said that offshore wind could transform the port into "one of the country’s premier offshore wind hubs".

Massachusetts’ Clean Energy RfP was launched in response to a state law mandating that local utilities procure around 9.45 TWh of renewable energy through long-term contracts. National Grid, Eversource and Unitil issued the RfP in June in coordination with the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER).

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