A bill that doubles the state of Massachusetts’ commitment from 1600 to 3200 MW is expected to pass the Massachusetts House tonight, on the last day of the Legislature’s formal session. The Senate approved the bill last month, and the Governor is expected to sign it.
“This is another step forward in what has been an incredibly exciting year for the offshore wind industry,” said Liz Burdock, Executive Director of the Business Network for Offshore Wind. “This increased commitment opens the door for the state’s two new wind energy lease areas to be eligible to compete for this procurement.”
The bill will also raise the state’s renewable portfolio standards (RPS), and implement statewide energy storage goals to support the move to clean energy sources.
Burdock added that Massachusetts is continuing to demonstrate the offshore wind leadership it has shown by being the first state to award a project to Vineyard Wind earlier this year, and she expects the state’s legislature to pass additional bills in its next session to keep the industry’s momentum going.