Mayflower Wind files Power Purchase agreements for approval

Mayflower Wind (Mayflower), the developer of an offshore wind lease area located off the coast of Massachusetts, has announced that its 20-year Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) to supply three utilities firms for 1,200 MW of power, have been filed with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities.

Mayflower is a 50/50 joint venture between Shell and EDP Renewables. It secured leases under the 83CII (804 MW in 2019) and 83CIII (400 MW in 2021) solicitations, which have since been were merged for a single delivery, as its
SouthCoast Project. Its PPA seeks to use the interconnection point at the site of the former coal fired power plant at Brayton Point in Somerset, MA for both projects.

Mayflower Wind’s 83CII proposal originally called for injecting that power into the electric grid via an interconnection in Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod. However, given the Commonwealth’s need to get this power delivered sooner than later, Mayflower is seeking approval to shift delivery of that 804 MW to its interconnection site at Brayton Point.

Subject to a future investment decision, the company will construct wind turbines in federal waters in the Atlantic Ocean. Once operational in the late-2020s, the first 1,200 MW of the project will produce enough electricity to power nearly half a million homes annually and eliminate 13 million metric tons of greenhouse gases over the life of the project.

Mayflower Wind’s outreach office is in Fall River, close to its new O&M port and a short commute to the home dock of its crew transfer vessels on the New Bedford waterfront. The company continues to plan for a second interconnection point for future procurements in Falmouth, MA.

Furthermore, according to Mayflower, the DPU approval of the PPAs will trigger the release of Mayflower’s 20-year commitment to expend $119.8 million on economic development investments that will support ports and infrastructure improvements, training and education, applied research and marine science, and support for low-income electric consumers among other initiatives. Policies supporting diversity, equity and inclusion are implemented across all the investment programs, as well as specific initiatives that include the hiring of firms owned by and/or committed to supporting minority and underrepresented communities.

Michael Brown, CEO of Mayflower Wind, commented: “Mayflower Wind has binding agreements with more than 10 organizations in the region.Mayflower’s economic development commitments will be distributed throughout the SouthCoast and beyond to help deliver positive economic change and social justice, foster local workforce and supply chain development, and meet the Commonwealth’s goals for clean, renewable energy."

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