The US state of Massachusetts greenlighted offshore wind power purchase agreements (PPAs) signed between developers and utilities despite Avangrid’s call for dismissal of its Commonwealth Wind project on deteriorating economics.

Massachusetts regulator the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) approved offtake contracts for the 1.2GW project under development by Iberdrola-backed Avangrid as well as Mayflower Wind’s 405MW array in an order released today (Friday).

“Avangrid is disappointed in the order issued by the DPU today,” said Craig Gilvarg, Avangrid spokesperson, maintaining the company position that the current PPAs violate Massachusetts law requiring offshore wind projects be financeable.