All right, wind farm developers. Sharpen your pencils.Round 2 is about to begin. The Department of Energy Resources released rules on Thursday for the next phase of the state’s offshore wind competition. Contracts are up for grabs to deliver up to 800 megawatts, enough power for more than 460,000 homes. Let’s see who can win this.Massachusetts was early to this game, two years ago. (Other states such as New York and New Jersey now want to steal our thunder.) At the time, all three companies with New England offshore lease rights showed up to compete for the first round of wind contracts.Vineyard Wind eventually won that round to supply 800 megawatts to the state’s three big electric utilities, roughly 10 percent of the state’s total electricity demand. Deepwater Wind landed the consolation prize: a smaller procurement in Rhode Island. Orsted was left out in the cold. (The Danish energy firm has since acquired Deepwater Wind, so it will get to build wind turbines off New England’s southern coast after all.) Get Today’s Headlines in your inbox: The day’s top stories delivered every morning. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here This time around, a few tweaks were made. State officials weighed two different kinds of competing… Read full this story
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