The US state of Massachusetts is playing hardball with offshore developers Commonwealth Wind and Mayflower Wind by rejecting their requests to pause the final review of already-signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for major projects – and demanding they stand by the contracts’ terms by the end of today (Wednesday) or walk away.

The state’s Department of Public Utilities (DPU), which regulates electricity distribution companies that contracted with both companies for 20-year off-take, said they must decide “whether they intend to move forward with their contractual obligations under the PPAs or file a request to dismiss the proceedings”, with the decision required “within three business days”, ending on 9 November.