Offshore wind energy project developer Mayflower Wind has been awarded a 400 MW power purchase agreement (PPA) by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its three biggest utilities as part of Massachusetts’ 83C III offshore wind energy procurement. Combined with its 804 MW PPA from 83C II, the project will now provide more than 1,200 MW of clean energy to electricity customers throughout Massachusetts and New England.

“Mayflower Wind is looking forward to delivering low-cost renewable energy to residents and businesses throughout Massachusetts,” states Michael Brown, CEO of Mayflower Wind. “And we are committed to investing in our local communities and being an engine for economic and workforce development.”

The win is accompanied by an economic development package that includes commitments to spend up to $42.3 million, including $27 million over 10 years to the SouthCoast Community Foundation. The total package will support the building of the offshore wind supply chain; provide for education and training of an offshore wind workforce; make significant investments in local ports, businesses and infrastructure; and offer diversity, equity and inclusion measures that include the hiring of specialized firms and support for low-income electric consumers, among other measures.

“As we work to anchor our Commonwealth’s emerging offshore wind industry to the SouthCoast, this news is a definitive game-changer and the successful result of our collective work to date,” says State Sen. Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport, 1st Bristol & Plymouth District), chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

“With this announcement, Mayflower Wind will now combine the power of their two historic power purchase agreements and move forward with fulfilling its commitments to significantly invest in our communities, including the establishment of a major operations center on the Fall River waterfront and the strengthening of partnerships with Gladding-Hearn Shipyard of Somerset and the SouthCoast Community Foundation to create jobs and grow workforce development opportunities, ensuring the impact of this industry’s growing presence reverberates through our region for many, many years to come,” adds Sen. Rodrigues.

Mayflower Wind also recently announced that it signed an agreement with Gladding-Hearn to design and build a crew transfer vessel.

“As a long-time proponent of offshore wind energy, I could not be happier to see Mayflower Wind gain a strong foothold on the SouthCoast,” State Rep. Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset, 5th Bristol District). “With the manufacture of next-generation of high-tech crew transfer vessels, the repowering of Brayton Point, the transformation of our maritime economy, among other investments in our local communities, the future looks bright.”

Subject to future investment decision, the company will construct wind turbines in federal waters far out in the Atlantic Ocean. When operational in the mid-2020’s the first 804 MW of the project will produce enough electricity to power nearly half a million homes annually. When fully built out, Mayflower Wind estimates the project will eliminate up to 4 million metric tons of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere each year.

The new offshore wind industry, including Mayflower Wind, will create many jobs in the community, State Rep. Carole Fiola (D-Fall River, 6th Bristol) stresses.

Mayflower Wind, a 50/50 joint venture between Shell New Energies US LLC and Ocean Winds, is developing an offshore wind lease area with the potential to supply over 2,000 MW of clean energy to electricity customers in New England.

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