The US state of Massachusetts has approved the long-term offtake contracts for the proposed 800 MW Vineyard offshore wind farm.
The contracts, between Vineyard Wind and a number of electric distribution companies in Massachusetts, will “ultimately spur economic development” along the coast, the state’s Department of Public Utilities said in a statement. They include a commitment from Vineyard Wind to contribute $15 million to a fund that will invest in energy storage projects.
“The approval of these contracts is an important step toward the completion of the largest offshore wind project in the country, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, provide Massachusetts residents and businesses with cost-effective clean energy and promote economic development,” said Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Vineyard Wind’s bid was selected for contract negotiation in May 2018 following a request for proposals (RFP).
“Massachusetts is committed to being a leader in the U.S. offshore wind industry,” said Department of Public Utilities Chairman Matt Nelson. “These contracts will provide fuel diversification in the Commonwealth and enhance reliability of the regional system, continuing the Commonwealth’s practice of leading the nation in innovation and renewable energy.”
Vineyard Wind will feature MHI Vestas 9.5 MW turbines and is due online by 2022.