Orsted and Eversource Submit Proposal for Massachusetts Wind Farm
New England Council members Orsted and Eversource have submitted a proposal to construct an offshore wind energy farm in Massachusetts. The proposed project, named Bay State Wind, includes a 400-megawatt project and an 800-megawatt project.
The companies’ proposal for Bay State Wind comes after the federally approved offshore windfarm, Vineyard Wind, was put on hold for further review of its impact on fish and fisherman. Orsted, however, has been working closely with various commercial and local fisherman to accommodate their practices and projects in their own wind-turbine proposal. The companies said the project would bring hundreds of construction jobs to the state and, if selected, they plan to commit hundreds of millions of dollars to direct community investments. Orsted and Eversource have worked together before, most recently on the Revolution Wind project planned for Rhode Island.
“We are thrilled to once again help Massachusetts take the next step to grow its clean energy economy,” said Lee Olivier, Eversource executive vice president for enterprise energy strategy and business development, in a statement. “Our team has been in the local communities, meeting with residents and stakeholders, to ensure their feedback is built into Bay State Wind’s proposal, which is the most mature, comprehensive and thorough offshore wind project available.”
The Council commends Eversource and Orsted for continuing to foster a clean energy economy in New England.