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Shell, EDPR join Massachusetts’ 2nd offshore wind race

Offshore wind farm. Photo by: Enersea (www.enersea.nl)

September 2 (Renewables Now) - Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC (EDPR) on Friday confirmed they have submitted several different proposals in Massachusetts’ second offshore wind solicitation.

Through their 50/50 joint venture Mayflower Wind Energy LLC, Shell and EDPR have handed in proposals for three 804-MW wind projects with different pricing options, and a project for a 408-MW wind farm. Commissioning is targeted for the second half of 2025.

“The Low Price Energy proposal includes strong support for research, workforce training and economic development. Our Infrastructure and Innovation proposal adds significant strategic investments in port infrastructure and technology to the South Coast, boosting the fledgeling offshore wind industry and the economy of the Commonwealth. Finally, our Massachusetts Manufacturing proposal would further accelerate the process of Massachusetts assuming a leadership role in offshore wind by including a major new manufacturing facility that would serve both domestic and foreign offshore wind markets,” said John Hartnett, president of Mayflower Wind.

Massachusetts’ second Request for Proposals (RfP) for offshore wind projects has already received a response from Bay State Wind, a JV equally owned by Danish energy major Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) and New England utility Eversource Energy (NYSE:ES), for the construction of an 800-MW offshore wind farm. Vineyard Wind LLC, the 50/50 partnership between Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables LLC, filed two proposals for an 800-MW offshore wind farm and an option for a 400-MW park.

Vineyard Wind was selected in May 2018 as the winner in Massachusetts’ first offshore wind competition, securing 800 MW at USD 65 (EUR 59.1) per MWh at 2017 rates. The nominal levelised price of proposals in the second round must not exceed USD 84.23 per MWh.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.910)

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