SouthCoast Wind is developing an offshore lease area—located over 30 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 20 miles south of Nantucket—that has the potential to generate over 2,400 megawatts (MW) of low-cost clean energy, or enough to power over one million homes. We expect to deliver clean energy from the project by the end of the 2020s.
SouthCoast Wind’s benefits
Number of jobs created with 2,400 MW
Economic and community investment
Homes and businesses powered
Metric tons of GHG emissions avoided annually
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News & Announcements
Hello friends and followers, As we move into the new year, we continue our focus on working collaboratively with local communities. By investing in non- and not-for-profit initiatives that support the people and businesses in our host communities, we are working...
Funds will support offshore wind education, workforce and economic development January 11, 2024 – Fall River and New Bedford, MA – SouthCoast Wind today announced twelve awardees in the first round of grants from its SouthCoast Wind Fund, managed by the SouthCoast...
Hello friends and followers, We close out 2023 with a special focus on a community that is important to us and the future of clean energy—the younger generation. We have had the privilege of meeting with many young people across the SouthCoast region,...
Questions? We have answers.
What is the overall project timeline?
We expect to deliver clean energy from the project by the end of the 2020s.
Will fishermen be able to fish between offshore wind turbines?
Yes. Fishing activities will be allowed to continue as permitted in the project area, although some temporary exclusion zones are anticipated during construction and turbine installation due to the need to ensure safety for all mariners. SouthCoast Wind will continue to communicate with mariners in advance of construction and throughout the installation process.
How will this project affect my electric bill?
The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources calculated that, over the life of the project SouthCoast Wind will provide an average of 2.4 cents per kWh of savings to Massachusetts ratepayers (over $2 billion in savings). Due to newly enacted federal investment tax credits, customers of Massachusetts utilities can expect to save an additional half a billion dollars. Wind power stabilizes consumers’ electricity rates. Due to its lack of fuel cost, wind power protects consumers from volatility in the price of natural gas by offering a fixed low price over 20 years.
How does offshore wind contribute to reducing winter peak prices?
The strong and consistent wind speeds in the federal lease areas are projected to provide significant energy generation during all seasons of the year and hours of the day, with highest generation periods during the winter months when natural gas prices surge from heating demand.
A Committed and Experienced Team
The SouthCoast Wind team prides themselves on being responsible and reliable environmental stewards. We are focused on using the best science and data to see the big picture as well as the small details that are critical to the success of our offshore wind energy project in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We are supported by the deep experience and skills of our sponsor companies, Shell and Ocean Winds, who successfully develop and operate offshore energy facilities in the U.S. and around the world. Together we are fully committed to providing clean energy solutions to our communities.