Ørsted, Eversource launch wind, storage bid in Massachusetts

Bay State Wind map.

December 21 (Renewables Now) - A partnership between Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) and Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES) has submitted a proposal for a huge wind farm plus 55 MW of battery storage off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

The so-called Bay State wind project will be located in an area that has the potential to develop at least 2 GW of capacity. It was submitted in response to Massachusetts’ first request for proposals (RfP) for offshore wind power, launched in June, under which the state seeks to sign long term-contracts for 400 MW and potentially up to 800 MW of offshore wind generation.

According to a press release by the two developers, the proposed wind farm will be situated near New Bedford and will have a 55-MW battery storage system. Once operational, it is expected to generate power for about 500,000 local homes.

The project is a 50/50 partnership between Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted and New England transmission builder Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES). The parties expect the scheme to open up to 1,200 new job positions within the construction phase and lead to a direct investment in Massachusetts of about USD 1 billion (EUR 842m).

The partners will use New Bedford as the staging area for construction and operations and maintenance (O&M) base for the wind park.

As part of Massachusetts’ 83C offshore wind solicitation, Deepwater Wind will submit a Phase I offshore wind project of up to 400 MW, but will also file for a smaller 200-MW conforming project. The suggested plant will be paired with a 1,168-MW Northfield Mountain pumped-storage hydropower facility.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.842)

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