SouthCoast Wind is developing an offshore lease area with the potential to generate over 2,400 megawatts (MW), or enough to power over a million homes.
The lease area is located over 30 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and 20 miles south of Nantucket.
The project will occupy the 199-square mile (or over 127,000 acres) lease area, which was awarded through a competitive auction by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.
By pursuing dual grid connection points – delivering 1,200 MW to Brayton Point/Somerset and 1,200 MW to Falmouth – SouthCoast Wind can maximize the potential of the offshore lease area’s generation capacity.
Electricity customers of distribution companies from across New England will benefit from SouthCoast Wind’s clean energy resource as the power will contribute to the decarbonatization of the electrical grid. Eversource is the incumbent utility for Falmouth and Cape Cod, as well as for New Bedford and much of the SouthCoast. Somerset and Fall River are located in National Grid’s service territory, along with Portsmouth and all of Aquidneck Island.
We are currently focused on conducting baseline surveys, stakeholder outreach, and other activities that advance the design, engineering, and permitting of the project. The project will require local, regional, state, and federal permits and approvals for relevant onshore, nearshore, and offshore work.
These efforts have been, and will continue to be, pursued with input from local communities to ensure a safe, reliable, and responsible project that meets the expectations of Massachusetts ratepayers and makes the SouthCoast region a hub for offshore wind.
SouthCoast Wind stands ready to bring New England’s clean energy goals to reality while supporting the people and communities who help bring the benefits of renewable offshore wind energy to our shorelines.