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Largest Offshore Wind Developer Submits Bid For Manhattan Project

By Brian Spaen

Bay State Wind, an initiative between Ørsted and Eversource, have submitted a bid to create Massachusetts’ first offshore wind farm. This new system would be 25 miles off the coast of New Bedford and would include battery backup. They join other companies, such as Tesla and Deepwater Wind, that have offered proposals to create offshore large-scale renewable energy solutions for the Northeastern United States.

Ørsted was formerly known as Dong Energy and is the largest worldwide developer of offshore wind energy. They’ve aggressively been working with states in the Northeast to construct more capacity off their coasts and they anticipate to hit 6.5 gigawatts worldwide by 2020. The company has collaborated with New England’s largest energy provider, Eversource, who will be distributing the power the wind farm generates onshore.

According to the proposal, the new offshore project would create 1,200 new jobs during construction and nearly 11,000 opportunities during the lifespan of the wind farm. 500,000 homes in Massachusetts would be provided with this clean power from a capacity of up to two gigawatts. $300 million would be saved from lower operation costs during winter months.