- Agreement includes commitment to negotiate three separate construction-related PLAs
- Partnership will build the next generation of highly skilled offshore wind workers
BOSTON and FALL RIVER, MA – September 30, 2022—SouthCoast Wind, the developer of an offshore wind energy lease area located off the coast of Massachusetts, today announced it signed a Memorandum of Understanding with North America’s Building Trades Unions and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, together referred to as the Building Trades, regarding the onshore and offshore construction work for its 1200 MW SouthCoast Project. The MOU includes commitments to create jobs for local and diverse workers and to comply with the labor requirements of the Inflation Reduction Act, including paying prevailing wages and utilizing apprentices.
“A talented, well-trained and unionized workforce will be instrumental in helping to safely build our SouthCoast Project,” said Michael Brown, CEO, SouthCoast Wind. “We look forward to working with the Building Trades to create clean energy jobs for workers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.”
“The benefits created for working people when industry and labor work collaboratively are enormous,” said Sean McGarvey, president of NABTU. “We look forward to becoming an important partner on SouthCoast Wind 1 to help build a vibrant and sustainable offshore wind industry. Our partnership will grow the economy in New England and create thousands of clean energy focused middle-class jobs with high-skilled training pathway programs for workers from all backgrounds.”
“This critical new partnership between SouthCoast Wind and our building trades unions is another example of the types of important opportunities that are coming downwind,” said U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass). “I applaud SouthCoast Wind, NABTU and the Carpenters for committing to this agreement that will supercharge our economy and the offshore wind industry, build good-paying jobs for union workers, benefit communities across the Commonwealth, and spark the clean energy revolution.”
“The highly trained men and women of Massachusetts Building Trades Unions are the most qualified workforce to perform the onshore and offshore work on SouthCoast Wind 1,” said Frank Callahan, President of MBTU. “This partnership will enhance our efforts to provide highly skilled, good paying career opportunities for a diverse local workforce and secure a strong future for the offshore wind industry.”
“Accelerating the transition of our SouthCoast economy into an emerging hub for the growing offshore wind industry represents a tremendous economic opportunity for local workers,” said State Senator Michael J. Rodrigues (D-Westport, 1st Bristol & Plymouth District), Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. “The industry demands highly skilled and well-paid construction professionals, and with the today’s announcement, we further strengthen our region’s partnership with offshore wind industry, ensuring labor unions and people of the SouthCoast are the ones to get the job done as we work to create high-quality, good paying jobs and deliver significant economic and environmental benefits to our communities and our region.”
SouthCoast Wind’s full offshore wind lease area has a capacity of 2400 MW – enough electricity to power more than 1 million homes and businesses and will create some 27,000 jobs over its lifetime. They expect to deliver the first 1200 MW of power by the end of this decade and have committed that power to several of Massachusetts’ largest public utilities. That project, known as SouthCoast Wind 1, will connect to the electric grid at Brayton Point in Somerset, MA, the once-home of the region’s largest coal plant.
“Clean energy jobs are the future and represent an enormous growth sector in our economy,” said Brown. “As we expand the offshore wind industry’s skilled workforce and build out a robust domestic supply chain for offshore wind, we will see the region’s economy strengthen while helping to combat the impacts of climate change.”
About SouthCoast Wind
SouthCoast Wind, a 50/50 joint venture between Shell New Energies US LLC and Ocean Winds North America, is developing an offshore wind lease area with the potential to supply 2,400 megawatts of low-cost clean energy to electricity customers in New England. SouthCoast Wind is committed to zero harm, innovation, and industry development, and investing in our local communities.
North America’s Building Trades Unions is an alliance of 14 national and international unions in the building and construction industry that collectively represent over 3 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada. Each year, our unions and our signatory contractor partners invest over $1 billion in private-sector money to fund and operate over 1,900 apprenticeship training and education facilities across North America that produce the safest, most highly trained, and productive skilled craft workers found anywhere in the world. NABTU is dedicated to creating economic security and employment opportunities for its construction workers by safeguarding wage and benefits standards, promoting responsible private capital investments, investing in renown apprenticeship, and training, and creating pathways to the middle class for women, communities of color and military veterans in the construction industry. www.nabtu.org.
About the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America
The UBC is one of North America’s largest building trades unions with over a half-million members. With pride in our more than 140-year history, we strive for job fairness and family-sustaining wages & benefits. We lead the way in training, educating, and representing the next generation of skilled construction professionals. The UBC places a top priority on developing the total professional: tradespeople who are not only technical experts in their craft, but who also demonstrate effective communication and leadership qualities. https://www.carpenters.org/