Mayflower Wind Picked For 800-Megawatt Project Off Of Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard – WBUR

Written by Colin A. Young

An offshore wind development that boasts it will deliver “the lowest cost offshore wind energy ever in the U.S.” has been selected by state utilities, in coordination with the Baker administration, to deliver about 800 megawatts of clean power to Massachusetts.

Mayflower Wind, a joint venture of Shell and EDPR Offshore North America, was the unanimous choice of the administration and three utilities to build an array of wind turbines approximately 26 nautical miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 20 nautical miles south of Nantucket, state energy officials announced Wednesday.

The developer submitted four proposed projects for consideration, and the 804-megawatt project that Mayflower Wind calls its “Low Cost Energy” option was selected to move forward and begin contract negotiations.

That project, Mayflower Wind said in its bid document, “is focused on generating the maximum benefits to ratepayers while providing [redacted] over the life of the project for initiatives to support the industry and local economy.” It also promises that the project will provide “the lowest price for offshore wind seen in the U.S.”

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