- Innovation & Applied Research
- Workforce Development
- Ports and Infrastructure
- Low-Income Ratepayer Reductions
Massachusetts has a long history of incubating new industries and technologies, built on its high quality, highly- educated workforce, world-class educational and research institutions, and forward-looking public policies. The intellectual capital of the Commonwealth’s research centers and universities, specifically in science, engineering, and policy disciplines, is a driver of critical knowledge-creation and innovation essential to advancing the offshore wind sector.
Mayflower Wind is committed to investing in entrepreneurial initiatives that spur new technologies, services, and businesses as part of a regional Blue Economy approach.
We are also committed to invest in the applied research and academic-capacity building efforts of the Massachusetts Research Partnership in Offshore Wind and its affiliate institutions, which includes the University of Massachusetts campuses in Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell; Massachusetts Maritime Academy; Bristol Community College; Tufts and Northeastern Universities; and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Mayflower Wind’s goal is to train Massachusetts residents at every level of the offshore wind industry – from turbine installation, operation and maintenance, to project management – in order to inspire and equip tomorrow’s offshore wind workers. We are committed to ensuring that our investments in workforce training flow to the benefit of local communities, including Tribes, women, minorities, veterans, and low-income populations.
In 2020, we cost-shared the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s awarding of $1.3 million in grants for offshore wind workforce training and development that serve workers throughout the Commonwealth. Mayflower Wind participated in the grant review process and shared the cost of the awards as part of our commitment to build a skilled future offshore wind workforce. The scope of the grants covered health, safety, and technical training; offshore wind vocational school dual enrollment; training and certification for organized labor unions and commercial fishermen interested in offshore wind; and continued build-out of higher education pathways for students interested in offshore wind.
Mayflower Wind has signed an agreement with the North American Building Trades Unions and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters regarding the onshore and offshore construction work for the SouthCoast project. The partnership will help build the next generation of highly skilled offshore wind workers. Further, Mayflower Wind has committed to locate our operations & maintenance (O&M) jobs and base in Massachusetts, with at least 75% of O&M jobs hired locally.
Mayflower Wind and RPS are working together to provide local Native American communities with cost-free training and all certifications required to work as a Protected Species Observer (PSO). The program kicked off in Summer 2022 and two graduates have been deployed on Mayflower Wind’s offshore survey program. Go to the PSO Training Program event page to learn more and sign up for this upcoming year.
Investing in the ports and coastal infrastructure of Southeastern Massachusetts will build the foundation for the offshore wind industry. Mayflower Wind is committed to locating port facility operations in locations that offer cost-effective returns for the project while supporting the SouthCoast region’s long-term growth and development goals.
Mayflower Wind’s operations & maintenance (O&M) base will be a new landmark on the Fall River waterfront, providing an anchor for offshore wind related development. We intend to redevelop six acres of land on the Fall River waterfront to accommodate and support continuous 24/7 operations. Facilities will be equipped with a shoreside cargo crane for lifting of large wind turbine components.
All O&M jobs will be based at the Fall River facility, though the majority of personnel will travel out to the offshore wind lease area regularly, either on the Fall River based service operations vessel (SOVs), on which workers live on-board for weeks at a time, or the New Bedford based crew transfer vessels (CTVs) that will shuttle back and forth on a daily basis.
Mayflower Wind has also signed a lease agreement to utilize the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal as the primary staging and deployment base during the project’s construction.
By delivering low-cost, clean energy with a stable fixed price, the project will provide energy cost savings to all residential and business ratepayers and help reduce the energy burden of low-income ratepayers. Mayflower Wind is partnering with local organizations on Cape Cod and the SouthCoast to support additional programs that focus on low-income ratepayers.
On Cape Cod, Mayflower Wind is committed to support the operations of the Cape Light Compact JPE, the energy services organization operated by the twenty-one towns on Cape Cod and Dukes County (Martha’s Vineyard). This funding will be directed towards Cape Light initiatives that optimize customers’ energy usage and lower electric bills for low-income households, specifically those with annual incomes of less than 80 percent of the state median income, through solar PV, behind-the-meter battery storage, and incentives to switch from heating oil, propane, or electric baseboard heat to high-efficiency air source heat pumps.
On the SouthCoast, we are committed to the Buzzards Bay Habitat for Humanity in its efforts to improve access to low-energy, affordable housing for low-income families.
As an initial element in this effort, Mayflower Wind has contributed $50,000 to Buzzards Bay Habitat for Humanity towards the construction of a two-family house in Westport, Massachusetts. In the Spring of 2022, Mayflower Wind will hold a Volunteer Day, at which Mayflower Wind staff will have the opportunity to help build the Westport project, and future projects as they are built.