State of the States regarding offshore wind developments

The summaries below were compiled by the CleanEnergyGroup, Innovation in Finance, Technology & Policy and taken from its Offshore Wind Accelerator Project Newsletter of January 2018.

Delaware’s Offshore Wind Working Group held public meetings to educate the public on the proposed projects off the Maryland and Delaware coast and on the economic and clean energy benefits arising from offshore wind. The Working Group seeks to garner input on the proposed projects. The Working Group must submit recommended strategies to the Governor.

A research team at UMass Dartmouth has launched a new Blue Energy Initiative, which will study how offshore wind farms and commercial fishing operations can coexist. Deepwater Wind has pledged $1m in research funding to support the initiative. The funding is contingent upon approval of Deepwater’s Revolution Wind project by Massachusetts utilities.

Proposals for supplying 400+ MW of offshore wind power to Massachusetts’ utilities were submitted in December. Deepwater Wind, Ørsted, and Vineyard Wind all submitted proposals. Massachusetts’ utilities and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources have until April to choose one or more proposals to develop up to 800 MW of offshore wind capacity.

The Icebreaker wind project would be the first in the Great Lakes (Lake Erie) and possibly the second one offshore nationally.

New Jersey 
New Jersey is back in the offshore wind game! Governor-elect Phil Murphy has pledged to develop 3.5 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and to enact a mandate for the state to be 100% powered by renewables by 2050.

Will the next U.S. offshore wind project be in the Great Lakes? This thorough article explores why offshore wind is right for Lake Erie and other Great Lakes.

Rhode Island 
The Coastal Resources Center held a Southern New England Offshore Wind Energy Science Forum at the University of Rhode Island in December. You can view the agenda and watch a webcast of the forum here.

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