A sea change is taking place in America’s energy industry and SouthCoast Wind is on the forefront – one where abundant, renewable and low-cost offshore wind energy will meet the significant energy demands of the populous coastal regions of New England.
SouthCoast Wind is developing an offshore wind lease area off the coast of Massachusetts that will generate over 2,400 megawatts—enough to power over a million homes and businesses.
SouthCoast Wind will also improve the economic well-being and quality of life in many communities throughout Southern New England through its public investments, fostering a robust supply chain and creating thousands of well-paying jobs. But what is most unique and inspiring about the growing offshore wind industry is the commitment of SouthCoast Wind and other offshore wind developers to address environmental justice and create economic opportunities for diverse and underserved communities.
SouthCoast Wind 1 will deliver approximately 1,200 MW via an electric grid connection at Brayton Point/Somerset, Massachusetts in the late 2020s and will be among the largest contributors toward meeting the region’s net-zero emissions goal. Delivery of the next 1,200 MW for Falmouth will occur in a subsequent phase.
Backed by two global energy companies, Shell New Energies and Ocean Winds North America, both with deep experience in managing the complexities of offshore and onshore energy development projects and with proven US and international supply chains, SouthCoast Wind looks forward to a more just, sustainable and innovative energy future.
Shell has set itself an ambition to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner. As part of the measures to fulfil this ambition, Shell is building an interconnected lower-carbon power business: from generating electricity, to buying and selling it, storing it and supplying directly to customers to power homes, businesses and vehicles. Wind is critical to Shell’s ambition to grow its lower-carbon power business. It enables Shell to generate renewable electricity in different parts of the world at scale. The total installed capacity of Shell’s wind portfolio and pipeline today is more than 5 gigawatts (GW). The Shell share of total installed capacity of both onshore and offshore wind is 290 megawatts (MW) with 2,196 MW in development.
Ocean Winds is the result of a joint venture announced in 2019 by EDP Renewables (EDPR) and ENGIE. Both companies share the vision in which renewables, particularly offshore wind, play a key role in the global energy transition. Ocean Winds (OW) has a strategic advantage and is well positioned to play a leading role in the offshore market. EDPR and ENGIE are combining their offshore wind assets and project pipeline under OW, beginning with 1.5 GW under construction and 4.0 GW under development, with the target of reaching 5-7 GW of projects in operation or construction and 5-10 GW under advanced development by 2025. OW’s primary target markets are in Europe, the United States and selected Asian countries, from where most of the growth is expected to come.