Offshore wind farm builders choose Massachusetts base

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Three companies have agreed to use a New Bedford facility as a staging area for future offshore wind projects.

Deepwater Wind, Dong Energy and OffshoreMW signed a letter of intent of intent Tuesday with Republican Gov. Charlie Baker's administration to lease the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal for staging and deployment for any future projects. The companies already hold leases in federally-designated wind energy development areas south of Martha's Vineyard.

The announcement could breathe new life into the $113 million, state-run terminal. The future of the first of its kind in the nation facility had been in question since the demise of Cape Wind's proposal for a wind farm in Nantucket Sound.

A new state law requires utilities to solicit bids for up to 1,600 MW of offshore wind energy.

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