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The US Department of the Interior (DOI) has announced that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will initiate an environmental review of the proposal for a commercial wind energy project offshore Massachusetts, submitted by Mayflower Wind, a company co-owned by Shell New Energies and Ocean Winds (a joint venture between EDP Renewables and ENGIE).

The project, located in a lease area approximately 30 miles (approx. 48 kilometres) south of Martha’s Vineyard and 23 miles (approx. 37 kilometres) south of Nantucket, could have over 2 GW of installed capacity, up to 147 wind turbines, up to five offshore power substations, and will be linked to the mainland transmission system via grid connections in the towns of Falmouth and Somerset.

Mayflower Wind has a contract to provide 804 MW of wind power to Massachusetts’ three biggest utilities and is awaiting a decision from the state on its current round of offshore wind solicitation, in which the company submitted multiple bids, with the largest scenario involving interconnecting 1,200 MW of offshore wind capacity at Brayton Point.

[Adrijana Buljan]

More: US to Start Permitting Process for 2 GW Offshore Wind Farm in Massachusetts

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