NECEC Applauds Massachusetts and Rhode Island on Announcements to Move Forward with Two Projects for a Total of 1200 MW of Offshore Wind

23 May 2018

NECEC released the following statement commending Massachusetts and Rhode Island’s selections of two offshore wind projects totalling 1200 megawatts (MW) to be built off the coast of Massachusetts, as a result of the first-ever competitive offshore wind solicitation in the nation. 

The Baker-Polito Administration announced that Vineyard Wind’s 800 MW offshore wind project has been selected to move to contract negotiations, while Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo announced that Rhode Island will move towards contract negotiations with Deepwater Wind’s 400 MW Revolution Wind project.

“NECEC commends the Baker-Polito Administration and Raimondo Administration for these bold steps to diversify the region’s energy mix with our most abundant local renewable energy resource - offshore wind,” said NECEC President Peter Rothstein. “As the first grid-scale offshore wind projects selected in the United States for long-term electricity supply contracts, this move will firmly establish the region as the nation’s leader on offshore wind and attract thousands of clean energy jobs to the southern New England region, bringing significant economic benefit to customers and helping the region meet our strong environmental goals.”

“We hope Massachusetts, Rhode Island and the region’s other states will move forward on additional offshore wind solicitations in an accelerated way given the depth of competitive proposals and the investment the offshore wind industry is making in Massachusetts and the broader region.”