The monster that hovered over the waterfront for an eternity was brought down Friday to make way for the future wind industry.
Commonwealth Wind parent company Avangrid has said for months that increases in commodity prices, rising interest rates and supply shortages mean that its 1,200 megawatt renewable energy project “cannot be financed and built” under the terms.
“We are going to put our people in these unions. This is a new industry, but we don’t want the same, old problems. The historic discrimination. If we’re at the table, that won’t happen. But right now, we’re not.” — John “Buddy” Andrade, executive director of the Old Bedford Village Development Corp.
“We’re about Massachusetts competing,” the governor said of the state’s approach to offshore wind. “We think this is an area where we can compete hard. And we want to win.”
Letter: “Every East Coast state is now actively competing for investment, and nearly all of their governors have proclaimed that their state will become the industry’s epicenter.” And, other states “have competed more aggressively than Massachusetts.”
Commonwealth Wind had filed a motion to dismiss its power purchase agreements, saying that the largest offshore wind farm in the state’s pipeline “cannot be financed and built” under the terms of those contracts.
Fishing groups have been critical of the current approach, saying the government’s lack of clear requirements gives the offshore wind industry the upper hand in compensation negotiations.
Wind industry group says turbine restrictions for whales could threaten commercial viability of projects
The American Clean Power Association, which represents the wind industry and lobbies for it, said a buffer would cause the removal of a “significant number” of turbines from several projects.
Declaring the project “cannot be financed and built” under existing contracts, Commonwealth Wind asked Massachusetts regulators to dismiss the power purchase agreements it reached with utility companies.
“The explosives contractor arrived in the morning but he didn’t bring any dynamite with him. … That’s when he let people know he had a problem with his insurance.” — Andrew Saunders, president of the Foss Marine Terminal.
Group seeks comments on how the fund should be designed and managed to equitably compensate fishermen for economic losses caused by wind developments.
Eversource, National Grid and Unitil say they do not plan to renegotiate power purchase agreements with Commonwealth Wind and Mayflower Wind
A 2022 New England Aquarium-led study found an increasing trend of right whale abundance in the waters off of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket during all seasons (instead of just in the winter and spring).
Last week, Commonwealth Wind filed a motion for a one-month delay in DPU’s review, telling the state that their project can no longer move forward as planned.
Vineyard Wind CEO Klaus Skoust Moeller had told the court that the Vineyard Wind 1 project would not be built if it could not use the agreed on GE turbines.
Janet Coit, head of the top fisheries agency, was invited to the closed-door meeting with a diverse coalition of industry leaders, scientists and city officials at a pivotal moment for the nation’s top-earning commercial fishing port.
A proposed judgment filed by General Electric and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy late Thursday evening would preserve GE’s agreement to sell 62 turbines to Vineyard Wind for its project, set to begin construction at sea next year.
The Foss Marine Terminal, at the site of the old Cannon Street power station, will become the second offshore wind staging area on New Bedford’s waterfront. It is slated to open in March 2023.
A report released by the Save Right Whales Coalition catalogs $4.2 million between offshore wind developers to such groups as the Environmental League of Massachusetts, New England Aquarium and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
The terminal is slated to open in March 2023, and will provide storage, laydown yards for equipment and materials, berth facilities for tug and barge operations, host crew transfer vessels and service operation vessel support services.
In Episode 1 of the “Windfall” podcast, New Hampshire Public Radio examines the potential for wind power to reshape our energy future.
In Episode 2 of the “Windfall” podcast, New Hampshire Public Radio looks at how Cape Wind’s failure laid the groundwork for the industry’s explosive growth today.
In Episode 3 of the “Windfall” podcast, New Hampshire Public Radio looks at the forces colliding in the fight for fishing grounds.
What does New Bedford stand to gain from the nation’s coming offshore wind boom? In Episode 4 of the “Windfall” podcast, New Hampshire Public Radio looks at big promises coming from industry leaders.
Is the environmental movement ready to welcome Big Oil and devoted capitalists into its ranks? At what cost? Episode 5 of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Windfall” podcast explores.
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