Offshore Wind in the News

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Offshore Wind Energy Sector Has Gains, and Growing Pains

May 1, 2022

Business Network for Offshore Wind conference in Atlantic City, NJ., in late April more than doubled its number of exhibitors and attendees since last year as the renewable energy construction sector gains more state and federal support and international participation. Read the Engineering News Record article.


February 2022

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Biden-Harris Administration Sets Offshore Energy Records with $4.37 Billion in Winning Bids for Wind Sale

February 25, 2022

The Department of the Interior announced on Friday, Feb. 24 the results of the nation’s highest-grossing competitive offshore energy lease sale in history, including oil and gas lease sales, with the New York Bight offshore wind sale. The lease sale offered six lease areas totaling over 488,000 acres in the New York Bight for potential wind energy development and drew competitive winning bids from six companies totaling approximately $4.37 billion - a record for offshore wind leases. Read the US Department of the Interior article.

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New Bedford Ocean Cluster

Jennifer Downing Named First Executive Director of New Bedford Ocean Cluster

February 25, 2022

THE NEW BEDFORD OCEAN CLUSTER has named its first Executive Director. In a press release you can read in its entirety here, they write, “The Board of Directors of the newly established New Bedford Ocean Cluster (NBOC) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Downing of Acushnet will lead the organization as its first executive director. She brings over 20 years of nonprofit experience in the areas of local economic development, environmental sustainability, and leadership development to the NBOC.” Read the New Bedford Ocean Cluster article.


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Brayton Point Signs Land Sale Contract with Off-shore Wind Cable Maker

February 17, 2022

Beginning of a new era - The flick of a pen officially sealed the deal that the first offshore wind manufacturing facility in Massachusetts is coming to Brayton Point in Somerset, MA. Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito were among a host of elected and state agency officials who came to the 306-acre Somerset site in February for a press conference to announce a contractual agreement for the sale of 47 acres to Prysmian Group of Italy to manufacture submarine power cable for both the Commonwealth Wind and Park City Wind offshore wind projects. Read the Herald News article.

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Brayton Point

Prysmian Group: New Submarine Cable Plant in the USA

February 17, 2022

The press release is here from Prysmian Group and CDC Commercial Development Company announcing the signing of the contract for the purchase by Prysmian of the site identified in Brayton Point, Somerset, MA. (NOTE: The final acquisition of the site is subject to securing state permits for the construction of the new plant. Prysmian Group’s total investment to build the new plant will amount to around $200 million.) Read the Prysmian Group article.

-photo rendering of proposed manufacturing facility


DEME LLC

Vineyard Wind Selects DEME Offshore US for Wind Turbine Installation

February 15, 2022

VINEYARD WIND, a joint venture between Avangrid Renewables and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) announced in February that DEME Offshore US LLC will serve as its contractor for the offshore transport and installation of the wind turbine generators for its Vineyard Wind 1 project, the first large scale offshore wind installation in the United States. Read the Vineyard Wind article.


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Mass. Provides $13 Million for 300 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

February 6, 2022

Massachusetts is providing more than $13 million in grants to install more than 300 electric vehicle fast-charging stations at 150 locations around the state. Read the WBUR article.

-photo credit: Jesse Costa/WBUR


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GE Wins Two Offshore Wind Research Awards

February 4, 2022

The Department of the Interior announced on Friday, Feb. 24 the results of the nation’s highest-grossing competitive offshore energy lease sale in history, including oil and gas lease sales, with the New York Bight offshore wind sale. The lease sale offered six lease areas totaling over 488,000 acres in the New York Bight for potential wind energy development and drew competitive winning bids from six companies totaling approximately $4.37 billion - a record for offshore wind leases. Read the US Department of the Interior article.


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Klaus S. Moeller Promoted to CEO of Vineyard Wind 1

February 1, 2022

VINEYARD WIND - Klaus S. Moeller Promoted to CEO of Vineyard Wind 1: Over the course of a career that spans 15 years with work in Europe, Australia, Asia and the United States, Mr. Moeller has been at the forefront of a new industry, developing more than 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind power.  He has served as the Project Director for the Vineyard Wind 1 project since 2019.  Moeller holds a Juris Doctorate from Aarhus University and a Master in Economics from Copenhagen Business School. Vineyard Wind 1 is being staged from the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. Read the Vineyard Wind article.


January 2022

Mayflower Wind SouthCoast Economic Development Investments

January 27, 2022

MAYFLOWER WIND discusses project updates, economic development investments for SouthCoast, MA communities and answers questions from participants in the video at this link. Mayflower Wind was recently awarded 400 megawatts in Massachusetts’ latest offshore wind energy procurement. The award is accompanied by an economic development package that includes commitments to spend up to $42 million.


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Rhode Island Shipyards to Build Five New Offshore Wind Crew Vessels to Service Ørsted and Eversource’s Northeast Wind Farms

January 27, 2022

Ørsted and Eversource are bringing more offshore wind jobs to the Northeast, with their selection of two regional vessel operators that will partner with Rhode Island shipyards to build crew transfer vessels (CTVs) serving the offshore wind companies’ Northeast wind farms. Read the Ørsted article.

-photo credit: Ørsted and Eversource


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Maersk Supply Service Launches New Offshore Charging Station Company

January 25, 2022

MAERSK SUPPLY SERVICE has announced plans to launch an offshore vessel-charging company to help support maritime industry’s decarbonization efforts by eliminating idle emissions. The new company, called Stillstrom, meaning “quiet power” in Danish, will operate what is said to be “the world’s first full-scale offshore charging station” for vessels at an offshore wind farm operated by Ørsted. Installation is scheduled for later this year. Bristol Community College has partnered with Maersk Training at NOWI. Read the gCaptain article.

-illustration credit: Maersk Suply Service


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Student Perspectives on Clean Energy Internships and Careers

January 25, 2022

MassCEC STUDENT PERSPECTIVES by Rosie Catanzaro - “Throughout the summer of 2021, MassCEC ran a highly successful outreach and engagement pilot program that was an expansion of the Clean Energy Internship Program. This pilot program was targeted at diversifying the clean energy job sector and expanding career pathways for students of color. I had the pleasure of interviewing three students who participated in the pilot this summer regarding their work with three clean energy companies…” Read more on the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center webpage.


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A Second US Offshore Wind Farm Just Got Approved for Construction

January 19, 2022

The US Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in January gave final permitting approval to South Fork – New York’s first offshore wind farm. It’s now the second US offshore wind project authorized by the US government to begin construction. It will be located about 35 miles east of Montauk Point and will deliver clean energy directly to the electric grid in East Hampton via a single, 138kV alternating current (AC) transmission line. Read the Electrek article.

-photo credit: Electrek


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When Life Revolves Around Windspeed

January 18, 2022

LIFE ON THE WATER - “This time of year, the wind starts unraveling people. Especially if you are trying to leave the island for any reason, suddenly your entire life revolves around windspeeds. We are all amateur amenologists out here.” Read the CAI Local NPR for Cape, Coast & Islands article.

-photo credit: Mary Bergman for CAI


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New Bedford Says Wind Boundary Changes Just a Start

January 18, 2022

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management made minor boundary adjustments in its New York Bight wind lease areas to reduce conflicts with the scallop fleet. That’s just a small start toward reducing the impact of wind development on the nation’s seafood industry, New Bedford port officials say. Read the National Fisherman article.

-photo credit: Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism - Fishing boats tied up in New Bedford, Mass.


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National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium Announce New Projects Selected for Funding

January 12, 2022

The National Offshore Wind Research and Development Consortium (NOWRDC), which was established with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), has selected six new projects to receive a total of $3.4 million for supply chain efficiency, asset monitoring, and inspection. Read the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy article.


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Interior Department Announces Historic Wind Energy Auction Offshore New York and New Jersey

January 12, 2022

New York Bight lease sale has potential to generate up to seven gigawatts of clean energy, power nearly two million homes. Read the U.S. Department of the Interior article.


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What’s New? New York Bight

January 12, 2022

On Jan. 12, 2022, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced that BOEM will hold a wind energy auction on Feb. 23, 2022, for more than 480,000 acres in the New York Bight. This will be the first offshore wind energy auction under the Biden-Harris Administration. The auction will allow offshore wind developers to bid on six lease areas – the most areas ever offered in a single auction. Read the BOEM article.


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So, You Want to be an Offshore Wind Turbine Tech?

January 12, 2022

The New Bedford Light takes an in-depth look at training for an offshore wind energy career: In 2023, wind turbine technicians for the Vineyard Wind project are scheduled to start their jobs on the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. They will take a crew transfer vessel (or possibly a helicopter) from Vineyard Haven to one of the roughly 700-foot-tall turbine towers about 15 miles out to sea. Read the New Bedford Light article.

-photo credit: National Renewable Energy Laboratory)


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Guest Opinion: Protect the Fall River State Pier for Local Businesses and Offshore Wind

January 10, 2022

Herald News: GUEST OPINION by Lloyd Mendes, SRPEDD Commissioner - “Don't assume that only big companies can profit from offshore wind. Vineyard Wind works with a local non-profit to link major contractors with local suppliers. Bristol Community College trains businesses on the types of goods and services needed in offshore wind energy. Businesses from Westport to Taunton are turning toward the sea; look at Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s offshore wind supply chain directory.” Read the Herald News article.


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New York to Spend $500 Million to Fuel Boom in Offshore Wind

January 5, 2022

New York state will spend $500 million building up ports and manufacturing infrastructure for offshore wind farms in a bid to become home base for the nascent industry. Read the Bloomberg article.


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Mayflower Wind Invests in the SouthCoast

January 3, 2022

MAYFLOWER WIND - “We are proud to open our office in downtown Fall River. The office location at 99 South Main Street is a short walk to the Fall River waterfront and a convenient drive to New Bedford. Mayflower Wind will have regular office hours for interested individuals and groups to stop by, meet with staff and learn more about the project and opportunities with the company.” Read more on the Mayflower Wind webpage.


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InnovateMass Program Supports New and Existing Clean Energy Technologies

January 1, 2022

INNOVATE MASS - The InnovateMass Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) program provides up to $250,000 in grant funding and technical support to applicant teams deploying new clean energy technologies or innovative combinations of existing technologies with a strong potential for commercialization. Successful applicants will propose projects that address important energy challenges, help to grow the state’s clean energy economy, and contribute to Massachusetts’ continued clean energy leadership. Read more on the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center webpage.


December 2021

Cape Cod Times

Updating Port Infrastructure is Mission-critical

December 23, 2021

Massachusetts Maritime Academy: Rear Admiral Francis X. McDonald, USMS, President of Massachusetts Maritime Academy and Capt. Ashok Pandey, associate professor of International Maritime Business at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, make the case for port infrastructure upgrades in this Cape Cod Times guest column. Read the Cape Cod Times article.


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The South Coast to Benefit from $27 Million Ten-Year Commitment Toward an Inclusive and Equitable Offshore Wind Workforce and Supply Chain

December 21, 2021

MAYFLOWER WIND: In December, the Southcoast Community Foundation shared the news that Mayflower Wind has created with them the Mayflower Fund. A focus of the fund is workforce, education, and training which will provide resources for local, nonprofit educational institutions such as vocational and technical schools and community colleges, including Bristol Community College’s NOWI, to create paid training, internship, and apprenticeship programs to support workforce development. Read SouthCoast Community Foundation article.


Mayflower Wind

State Doubles Offshore Wind in Power Pipeline

December 17, 2021

The amount of offshore wind power in the Massachusetts pipeline is poised to roughly double with the selection Friday of projects from both Vineyard Wind and Mayflower Wind to cumulatively generate 1,600 megawatts of cleaner power for the Bay State by the end of this decade. Read the WBUR article.


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Baker-Polito Administration Announces Historic Selection of Offshore Wind Projects to Bring Clean, Affordable Power to the Commonwealth

December 17, 2021

Two Selected Projects Will Deliver 1,600 Megawatts of Clean Energy to Massachusetts’ Grid. 

“Massachusetts has been a national leader in the offshore wind industry and today’s announcement is another major milestone with the selection of two projects that double the amount of offshore wind power secured by the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “The bipartisan energy legislation our Administration worked with the Legislature to pass in 2016 has unlocked record low pricing and significant economic investment through three separate procurements, and the projects selected today further illustrate the potential offshore wind presents for our climate goals, our local workforce and our port communities.” Read the State House News article.


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State Picks Both Bidders for Next Round of Offshorwe Wind, Doubles Amount of Power in Pipeline

Decemeber 17, 2021

IN FALL RIVER: Mayflower Wind wants to use eight acres at Brayton Point in Somerset, over the Braga Bridge from Fall River, as the location where subsea power cables will connect to a new onshore, high-voltage direct current converter station. Steven Collins, executive vice president of redevelopment for Brayton Point LLC, said the latest offshore wind developments — and especially Prysmian Group’s plan to create a manufacturing site at Brayton Point — bode well for his company and the entire region. Read The Herald News article.


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East Coast Offshore Wind Threatened by Transmission Bottlenecks

December 7, 2021

More renewable energy and more locally generated power requires a shift in transmission strategy along with new grid technology like battery storage to dispatch power at the optimal times. Some have called for officials to study a “backbone,” or shared transmission lines, that would link offshore parcels stretching from Massachusetts to North Carolina. Read the Bloomberg Law article.


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New England Fishery Management Council Approves Revises Wind Energy Policy

December 7, 2021

The New England Fishery Management Council has approved a revised wind energy policy that builds on the original policy and better responds to the rapidly changing ocean landscape associated with offshore wind development in the Greater Atlantic Region. Read the New England Fishery Management Council article.


Joey Welch

A Waiting Game for Offshore Wind Jobs

December 6, 2021

IN NEW BEDFORD: Training for a chance to work offshore - In December of 2019, when the Vineyard Wind project was stuck behind federal delays under the Trump administration, apprentice pile driver Welch hopped into his Toyota Camry to make the late afternoon commute from Somerville (his job site at the time) to Mass Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay. Through his union, he was enrolled in a training course for the offshore wind industry that would also count toward his mandatory apprenticeship hours.”  A Waiting Game for Offshore Wind Jobs by New Bedford Light looks at those training now for future employment opportunities in the field in Massachusetts.  Read The New Bedford Light article.


July 2021

Congressional Delegation Tour

July 8, 2021

Bristol Community College hosted a Congressional delegation to tour it's National Offshore Wind Institute in New Bedford, July 8, 2021


Southwire High Voltage Underground Transmission Voltage Team

July 7, 2021

Vineyard Wind announced in December that they have partnered with Southwire, a leading wire and cable producer in North America, to manufacture underground transmission cables for the nation’s first offshore wind farm, Vineyard Wind 1. See how they do that in this Southwire video.


August 2021

Bristol Community College / Maersk Training Announce Partnership

August 3, 2020

Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute (NOWI) announced on Thursday, August 13, 2020, that it has entered a global partnership with Maersk Training, one of the world’s largest and most trusted providers of offshore wind training.

View the joint video announcement, above, from Bristol Community College and Maersk Training, about how this partnership will connect the college's faculty and staff with the expertise of industry experts throughout Maersk Training’s expansive global network and will strengthen the developments of employment opportunities for Bristol students in the offshore wind supply chain. Read the full press release.


Equity in the Offshore Wind Industry

August 3, 2021

With the development of the wind industry in Massachusetts coming closer to reality, taking part in the creation of this new industry brings with it great responsibility and great promise.

We have an opportunity to build this industry with equity in mind, from the start. That is why Bristol Community College’s... Read more about The Winds are Changing.



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