Maryland and Massachusetts approve 3.2GW offshore wind projects

Maryland and Massachusetts approve 3.2GW offshore wind projects

20 Dec 2021

The US states of Maryland and Massachusetts approved four new offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of over 3.2GW in their latest solicitation rounds.

In Massachusetts, the two approved projects are the 1.23GW Commonwealth Wind by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) and Avangrid Renewables and the 400MW Mayflower Wind by Engie and EDP Renewables' joint venture Ocean Winds and Shell.

The Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved over 1.65GW of new offshore wind capacity. In this regard, the Maryland regulator has granted offshore renewable energy credits (ORECs) to US Wind’s 808.5MW Momentum Wind and Ørsted’s 846MW Skipjack Wind 2 projects in its second round of offshore wind solicitations.

The two new offshore wind power projects in Maryland are expected to generate additional in-state spending totalling approximately US$1bn. The projects, which are subject to review by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), are expected to commence operations by the end of 2026 and are estimated to produce over 10,000 new direct employment in the state.

For more information, please visit the projects on EICDataStream: Commonwealth WindMayflower WindMomentum WindSkipjack Wind 2.

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