Deepwater’s Offshore Wind Plans Could Revolutionize Mass. Workforce and Offshore Wind Industry

On Tuesday, March 27, Deepwater Wind announced that it plans to assemble the wind turbine foundations for its “Revolution Wind,” a 400-MW offshore wind farm, on the south coast of Massachusetts. Assembly activities will include welding, painting, commissioning and related work for the 1,500-ton steel foundations supporting the turbine tower.  

The company said that it has identified three South Coast cities — New Bedford, Fall River and Somerset — as possible locations for this major fabrication activity, which will create 300 direct jobs with an additional 600 indirect and induced jobs that will support this effort.

The 400-MW Revolution Wind project is now under review by state and utility officials, with selection of projects for negotiation set for next month.

2300 Jobs and $300 Million

This announcement represents the next steps in Deepwater Wind’s plans to create 2,300 regional jobs and nearly $300 million in regional economic impact.

Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski said the company is highly committed to creating a local workforce.

“We launched America’s offshore wind industry right here in our backyard. We know how to build offshore wind in the U.S. in the right way, and our smart approach will be the most affordable solution for the Commonwealth. This is about building a real industry that lasts,” said Grybowski.

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Deepwater Wind also announced that it is seeking proposals from Massachusetts boat builders for the construction of purpose-built crew vessels for Revolution Wind. The company will issue a formal Request for Information to local suppliers in the coming weeks. Deepwater Wind’s additional wind farms serving Massachusetts will require the construction of additional vessels.

Pumped Hydropower Plus Offshore Wind

Revolution Wind will be capable of delivering clean energy round the clock, not just when the wind blows, because of a unique pairing with a Northfield, Massachusetts pumped hydropower plant owned by FirstLight Power. The Northfield Mountain Project was built in 1972 and has a nameplate capacity 1143 MW.

If built, Revolution Wind would be the first pairing of hydroelectric pumped storage and offshore wind in the world.

Lead image: Revolution Wind. Credit: Deepwater Wind.

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Jennifer Runyon
Jennifer Runyon is chief editor of and Renewable Energy World magazine, coordinating, writing and/or editing columns, features, news stories and blogs for the publications. She also serves as conference chair of Renewable Energy World International Conference and Expo. Formerly, she was the managing editor of Innovate Forum, an online publication that focused on innovation in manufacturing. Prior to that she was the managing editor at Desktop Engineering magazine. In 2008, she won an "Eddy Award" for her editing work on an article about solar trees in Vienna. In 2010, was awarded an American Business Media Neal Award for its eNewsletters, which were created under her direction. She holds a Master's Degree in English Education from Boston University and a BA in English from the University of Virginia.

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