Massachusetts will procure an additional 2,400 MW of offshore wind energy by 2027, adding to the U.S. state’s previous solicitation that secured 1,600 MW of offshore wind capacity to be installed by 2027.
Adding new offshore wind capacity is based on a bipartisan bill signed into law by the state’s Governor Charlie Baker on 26 March. The legislation authorises the Commonwealth to procure further 2.4 GW of offshore wind power, bringing the state’s total required authorisation to 4 GW by 2027.
The bill was enacted only a few days before the U.S. announced its national target of 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030.
Massachusetts has already procured 1,600 MW of offshore wind capacity as a result of An Act Relative to Energy Diversity, signed by Governor Baker in 2016.
In November 2020, the state’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU) issued an Order approving long-term contracts of the 804 MW Mayflower Wind offshore wind farm with the Commonwealth’s Electric Distribution Companies. A month earlier, the 800 MW Vineyard Wind 1 project reached a transmission agreement with ISO New England (ISO-NE) to connect to the New England electric power grid.