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New U.S. Offshore Wind Facility Planned Near Massachusetts

By Editors of Power Engineering

DONG Energy and Eversource Energy are developing an offshore wind facility off the coast of Massachusetts that could be as large as 2,000 MW.

The two companies are hoping to jointly-develop, construct and operate the development in a 50-50 partnership.

“Offshore wind has great potential in the U.S., and I am very pleased that we are entering into a strategic partnership with Eversource to develop our first project in New England,” said Samuel Leupold, EVP and CEO of DONG Energy Wind Power. “Offshore wind will add to the diversity, and the security, of Massachusetts’ energy mix.”

“New England is setting the pace for a national clean energy future with its proven track record in energy efficiency and bold clean energy goals,” said Jim Judge, President and CEO of Eversource Energy. “Our partnership with DONG Energy on Bay State Wind represents a significant opportunity to help make those goals a reality and we look forward to delivering this renewable and reliable source of power to customers.”

DONG Energy secured development rights to a 300-square-mile ocean area ranging from 15 to 25 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.

Additionally, the state of Massachusetts approved an energy bill that mandates state utilities purchase 1,600 MW of offshore wind power by 2027.