Wind energy – U.S.A.
Mayflower Wind Energy, the 50-50 joint venture between Shell New Energies and OW North America, has been awarded the right to provide 400 MW of offshore wind energy by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and its three biggest utilities as part of Massachusetts’ 83C III offshore wind energy procurement.
Combined with its power purchase agreement of 804 MW awarded in 2019 from the 83C II procurement round, Mayflower could deliver more than 1200 MW of clean energy to electricity customers throughout Massachusetts and New England. That is enough energy each day to power over half a million homes and businesses.
With today’s announcement, Mayflower will start development of the federal lease area and continue pursuing additional energy contracts until the full 2000 MW maximum lease capacity is realized.
Subject to a future investment decision, operations are expected to be commissioned in the mid to late 2020s. The award is accompanied by an economic development package that includes commitments to spend up to $42.3 million, including $27 million over 10 years to the South Coast Community Foundation.
“This has been a significant week for our company and renewables businesses. Announcing a substantial expansion of our global solar portfolio along with this considerable offshore wind contract award showcases Shell’s progress towards providing zero- and lower-carbon assets and technologies,” said Wael Sawan, Integrated Gas and Renewables & Energy Solutions Director. “Shell remains committed to meeting our customers’ needs by providing a range of renewable power generation options.”
Mayflower Wind is one of Shell’s two significant US offshore wind entries. In June 2021 Atlantic Shores, a joint venture with Shell New Energies LLC and EDF Renewables North America, won the rights to provide 1.5 gigawatts (GW) of renewable offshore energy to New Jersey, enough energy to power over 700,000 homes.