DONG Energy works on up to 1,000-MW wind project off Massachusetts

International power project developer DONG Energy said on its website that it is pursuing development of Bay State Wind, a utility-scale offshore wind farm located 15 miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, with water depths of between 130 and 165 feet.

The site area was awarded by the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) in 2015 and additional feasibility assessment and stakeholder engagement, at both a local and state level, will now be undertaken. If given approval, DONG Energy said it plans to build an offshore wind farm which could have an installed capacity of up to 1,000 MW.

DONG Energy said it has successfully established over a dozen offshore wind farms from vision to operation in the United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany with a total capacity of 3,000 MW. Initial evaluations by the project team show there are similar site conditions between the U.S. East Coast and Europe, with Massachusetts itself having some of the best offshore wind conditions in the world.

The company said that given Massachusetts’ cold winters, the Bay State Wind project would improve electric reliability during extreme cold winter conditions when availability of natural gas to generate electricity is reduced due to increased heating demand.  It will also reduce air pollution, reduce wholesale electricity costs and increase energy independence.

DONG Energy on Oct. 28 announced that it has decided to construct the 660-MW Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, located in the Irish Sea, approximately 19 kilometers off the west coast of Britain. Walney Extension is expected to be fully commissioned in 2018, at which time it will be the biggest offshore wind farm in the world, surpassing the 630-MW London Array Offshore Wind Farm which was commissioned in 2014 by DONG Energy and its partners.

Currently DONG Energy is constructing 2,080 MW in the UK and Germany. When these projects, including Walney Extension, are completed, DONG Energy has built a total of 5,089 MW. DONG Energy is one of the leading energy groups in Northern Europe, headquartered in Denmark.

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