Three States Sign MOU to Procure Offshore Wind - Smart Energy

Commercial, Wind  -  October 5, 2023

Three States Sign MOU to Procure Offshore Wind

Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut announced New England’s first offshore wind multi-state coordination memorandum of understanding (MOU).

The MOU creates a pathway for a potential coordinated selection of offshore wind as each state solicits offshore wind energy generation through their respective state procurements. 

The three states will seek multi-state offshore wind proposals that would expand benefits for the region, capture cost reductions by developing projects at scale and develop them into viable projects. 

The three states request that offshore wind developers submit multi-state offshore wind project proposals for consideration by the soliciting parties through their respective offshore wind procurements for selection in 2024. 

The three states are seeking solicitations for up to 6,000 MW of offshore wind. Actual project selections will depend on states’ individual assessments of proposals’ costs and benefits to ratepayers and other evaluation criteria specified in states’ requests for proposals. Any two or three states may agree to select a multi-state proposal(s) up to each states’ procurement authority and split the anticipated megawatts and renewable energy certificates from a single project.  

“The climate crisis requires us to act in new and innovative ways. Massachusetts is proud to join with our neighboring states to continue to grow New England’s offshore wind industry,” said Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey in a statement. “By working together, we can amplify the many benefits of offshore wind for all three states, including regional economic development opportunities, healthier communities, lower energy bills, and advantages to environmental justice populations and low-income ratepayers.” 

The multi-state coordination MOU is an agreement between the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER), the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP), and the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources (OER). 

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