A recent study by the University of Delaware found that a commitment by Massachusetts to build 2,000 MW of offshore wind power is likely to mean a 55-percent drop in price within a decade.
The UD Special Initiative on Offshore Wind concluded that “costs will be far lower than previously contracted prices for offshore wind in the New England region and that costs will continuously lower throughout a build-out during the decade, due to ongoing technology and industry advances and the effects of making a Massachusetts market visible to the industry.”
But the key to the savings is quantity, which is why the study suggests 2,000 MW — more than either the amount now supplied by the Pilgrim Nuclear or Brayton Point power plants — is essential for the offshore wind industry to achieve maximum efficiency and savings. That’s true in everything manufactured. The cost per car is a lot cheaper if you build a million of them instead of just one or two.
The Massachusetts Legislature will debate new energy legislation to combat climate change and replace obsolete coal and nuclear plants. That bill in the House currently includes 1,200 MW of power. Various business and environmental groups are pushing the legislative leadership and Gov. Charlie Baker to increase the amount of offshore wind included in the final legislation to at least 2,000 MW to achieve the maximum environmental and economic benefits.
We hope you will consider writing a letter to House Speaker Robert DeLeo at State House, Room 356Boston, MA 02133 or a quick email to Robert.DeLeo@mahouse.gov. We also ask that you send that letter to Senate President Stan Rosenberg, State House Room 332Boston, MA 02133 or email Stan.Rosenberg@masenate.gov. Please ask them to agree to raise the threshold for offshore wind to 2,000 MW. In doing so, you will be advocating thousands of new jobs for this new American industry, starting right here in New Bedford. And you’ll also help remove 3 million tons of carbon dioxide from our air each year!