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Four bidders eye 6.8GW New England offshore tender

RICHARD HEAP

March 28, 2024

Avangrid, Ocean Winds, Ørsted and Vineyard Offshore have submitted bids for the 6.8GW offshore wind tender being run by three states in the New England region of the northeast US.

Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island signed a memorandum of understanding in October to collaborate on offshore wind procurement, with plans to award support for projects of 2GW, 3.6GW and 1.2GW in the waters of each state respectively.

This 6.8GW tender has attracted bids from four developers for projects totalling 5.8GW:

  • Iberdrola subsidiary Avangrid submitted bids for its 1.9GW New England Wind complex, which is made up of the 791MW New England 1 (formerly called Park City Wind) and 1.1GW New England Wind 2 (formerly called Commonwealth Wind).
  • Ocean Winds, which is a 50:50 joint venture between EDP Renewables and Engie, is seeking support for its 1.6GW SouthCoast Wind complex. SouthCoast is now solely owned by Ocean Winds after the exit of 50:50 joint venture partner Shell last week.
  • Ørsted submitted its plans for the 1.1GW Starboard Wind project off the coast of Connecticut.
  • Vineyard Offshore, which is a development arm of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, seeking support for its 1.2GW Vineyard Wind 2. The development would be located off Massachusetts, but could sell its power to all three states.

The three states are due to assess the projects by 7th August and announce winners by 9th October.