New wind projects would deliver enough power for 600K homes

May 23, 2018 - 6:56 pm

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced offshore wind projects aimed at delivering a combined 1,200 megawatts of energy — enough to power 600,000 homes.

The Vineyard Wind project will be Massachusetts' first offshore wind farm and is expected to generate 800 megawatts.

Also Wednesday, Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo announced Deepwater Wind has been selected to construct a 400-megawatt offshore wind farm, Revolution Wind.

Both projects will be located a dozen or more miles south of Martha's Vineyard.

Vineyard Wind hopes to begin delivering renewable energy to Massachusetts residents in 2021.

Construction on the Revolution Wind project could start in 2020 with commercial operations by 2023 with up to 50 turbines.

Massachusetts officials said the Vineyard Wind project represents the largest single procurement of offshore wind by any state.

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