US state Massachusetts has selected Avangrid’s subsidiary Avangrid Renewables’ joint venture (JV) offshore wind project ‘Commonwealth Wind’ as part of the state’s third offshore wind competitive procurement process.

With more than 1.2GW capacity, the JV project is claimed to be the largest offshore wind facility in New England so far and will have the potential to power 750,000 homes annually, while supporting Massachusetts’ 50% carbon emission reduction target by 2030.

Over its lifetime, the project is expected to create 11,000 full time equivalent jobs.

Avangrid CEO Dennis Arriola said: “Commonwealth Wind is part of Avangrid’s vision to build a clean energy economy through community investment and reimagination.

“This strategic project will diversify the energy workforce with good paying jobs while providing cost-effective, renewable energy.

“The energy transition requires real commitment, expertise and vision and we thank the Baker Administration and the people of Massachusetts for their continued support as we work together to make this collective dream a reality.”

Commonwealth Wind comprises two initiatives that transform previous coal-fired power plant sites into clean energy centres including the offshore wind manufacturing facility creation at Brayton Point in Somerset, Massachusetts.

Prysmian Group plans to build subsea transmission cables production facility at the coal-fired power plant.

The second initiative will see the establishment of a new offshore wind port in Salem Harbor.

Inclusion of Commonwealth Wind project is expected to increase Avangrid’s offshore wind development project portfolio to 2.4GW.

Avangrid Renewables’ Offshore Wind Control Center will be built at the City of New Bedford.

The new facility will provide remote control monitoring for the turbines, electrical service platforms and other offshore or onshore assets.

Avangrid Renewables Offshore president and CEO Bill White said: “This is more than just one project, it is part of an effort to build a clean energy infrastructure including the transformation of ports around our state as well as jobs and training that will support this clean energy industry for decades to come.”