Massachusetts, Maryland awarded new offshore wind contracts

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State officials in Massachusetts and Maryland announced Friday that they had selected offshore wind energy proposals to add an additional 1,600 megawatts of potential generation for each state.

The Massachusetts projects are Commonwealth wind, a 1,232 MW joint venture of Avangrid Renewables, and Mayflower wind, a 400 MW plan. The projects are of particular importance as they are expected to bring new investments to the port cities of Salem and Falls River, including new shipbuilding and the construction of a cable facility at Brayton Point.

Brayton Point, the site of an old coal-fired power station, has the power grid infrastructure and the waterfront location as an “ideal composite location for offshore wind power,” according to Mayflower officials.

For the past three years Anabar converted the site to use state-of-the-art high-voltage DC technology that minimizes ship wiring and sold its broadcast rights to Mayflower Wind in the summer of 2021.

“Anbaric specializes in developing transmission infrastructures for offshore wind and other forms of clean energy,” said Clarke Bruno, CEO of Anbaric. “Brayton Point was once the site of New England’s largest coal-fired power station, and we started replacing that power with clean offshore wind three years ago. The selection of this project is a recognition of the possibility of creating a clean energy center that will benefit the region for jobs and investment. We are delighted that this project is advancing as a prime example of an efficient approach to integrating clean energy and scaling the industry. “

Developers and civil servants envision Salem as the state’s second wind haven alongside New Bedford, now the base for the operation of the Vineyard wind 800 MW project.

“Home of the first USA. commercial offshore wind farm, Massachusetts is driving the domestic offshore wind market further with its full adoption of this generation technology, ”said Liz Burdock, president and CEO of the nonprofit industry group shop Network for offshore wind.

“While the advances in the US are remarkable, the global offshore wind industry is growing at a rapid pace, adding further strain to supply chains,” said Burdock. “This further underscores the critical need for state and federal actors to maintain momentum in 2022 and continue to prioritize the development of the domestic supply chain and the adoption of offshore wind.”

In the meantime, the Maryland Public Service Commission has provided two offshore wind energy plans with a total output of 1,654.5 MW with purchase agreements: the Ørsted Skipjack II and US wind momentum wind Projects.

The new projects will be developed in addition to the already 368 MW by both companies before Delmarva. In the second round of applications, which ended in June 2021, US Wind submitted three and Skipjack two offers.

“Proposals were evaluated on a number of criteria including the impact on customer utility bills, Maryland’s health, environmental and climate interests – including progress in reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions – and the benefits of economic development for the state “Said the commission.

Maryland state lawmakers and officials are calling for wind developments to bring many direct economic benefits to the business community and state workers, and the commission placed numerous conditions on the approval.

Developers must create at least 10,324 direct jobs during the development, construction and operation phases of the projects; commit to specific goals to engage small, local, and minority businesses; Pass on 80 percent of all construction cost savings to the tariff payers; and each contribute $ 6 million to the Maryland Offshore Wind Business Development Fund.

“Both companies will also have an obligation to mitigate potential negative effects on the environment, noise and lighting during development, construction and operation,” said a statement from the Commission. “The Commission’s conditional approval also requires companies to use the port facilities at Tradepoint Atlantic in the Baltimore area and in Ocean City for shunting, operations and maintenance activities.

“US Wind must hold on to its commitment to develop a monopile construction facility at Sparrows Point (Sparows Point Steel); Skipjack must fulfill its plan to build submarine cable and turbine tower manufacturing facilities in Maryland and invest in upgrading an east coast company that assembles steel components for wind turbine foundations. “

Skipjack plans to place its turbines 20 miles off the Maryland coast, while US Wind says the next turbines will be 24 miles from the beach.

Local officials from Ocean City, Md., Continue to insist that turbines within sight of the beach will harm their tourism economy, and at the commission meeting they reiterated that the commission require that all turbines be placed at least 30 miles from the shore .

“The commission rejected this step because the projects are in federal waters and are subject to review by the BOEM (Bureau of Ocean Energy Management) Commission.

“We are honored that the Maryland Public Service Commission has selected Ørsted as a trusted partner to help the state achieve its ambitious renewable energy goals and we are proud to have our market leading portfolio of offshore – Reuse wind projects to attract large supply chain companies to build local manufacturing facilities in Maryland, “said David Hardy, CEO of Ørsted Offshore North America.

“Skipjack Wind 2 will make a significant contribution to Maryland’s goal of 50 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, while also positioning Maryland as a long-term center for offshore wind energy production. We look forward to fulfilling our commitments now and in the future so that Maryland residents can benefit from offshore wind for decades to come. “

Ørsted cooperates with Skipjack Wind 2 Hellenic cables SA to establish the USA’s first fully integrated array cable manufacturing facility in Maryland.

“Ørsted will also enable a world-class offshore wind tower manufacturing facility to be built in the state, capable of producing 100 turbine towers annually,” the company said. “Ørsted is already developing Maryland’s first offshore wind operation and maintenance facility in West Ocean City and built Maryland’s first offshore wind steel manufacturing center in October Crystal steel manufacturer in Föderalsburg. “


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