Governor Baker Signs Clean Energy & Climate Bill with Large Offshore Wind Provisions

Today, Governor Baker signed H.5060, An Act driving clean energy and offshore wind, a sweeping climate law that will enable the Commonwealth to address the climate crisis and take steps toward achieving its 2030 and 2050 climate goals. The legislation is a big win for offshore wind, creating conditions for an inclusive and responsible industry and including provisions for grid modernization and transmission.

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President Biden Visits Brayton Point to Announce Executive Action on Climate

Today, at Brayton Point in Somerset, MA, President Biden announced that he would take a series of executive actions to combat climate change in the coming days.

In choosing this location for the announcement, the Biden Administration reaffirmed its commitment to the large-scale and responsible build-out of offshore wind, our region’s most abundant and effective resource to combat the climate crisis.

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Biden Administration Launches Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership

The Biden Administration launches a Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership to accelerate the growth of the US offshore wind industry and brings together Governors from 11 East Coast states – including all coastal New England states – who will collaborate with the federal government to expand key elements of the offshore wind supply chain and workforce development.  

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Rhode Island Passes Offshore Wind and Renewable Energy Legislation

RI passes Affordable Clean Energy Security Act requiring the electric utility to issue a solicitation for an offshore wind procurement of 600-1,000 megawatts (MW) by October of 2022 and a 30-day public comment period on the draft request for proposals (RFP), which were the top two priorities of the RI coalition.

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38 Groups Issue Letter to Support Joint State Action on Transmission for Offshore Wind

Yesterday, New England for Offshore Wind joined over three dozen organizations from across New England to urge the Governors to issue a joint Request for Information (RFI) for electric transmission solutions for offshore wind.

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NE4OSW Seeks Regional Offshore Wind Communications Director

The Environmental League of Massachusetts (ELM) is recruiting a Regional Offshore Wind Communications Director to support the New England for Offshore Wind (NE4OSW) coalition. New England for Offshore Wind is a broad-based, regional coalition committed to combatting climate change by increasing the supply of clean energy to our regional grid through more procurements of responsibly developed offshore wind.

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New England for Offshore Wind Urges Federal Regulator to Reject ISO-New England Proposal

Proposal from regional grid operator would disproportionately impact offshore wind, prevent states from achieving climate goals.

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New England for Offshore Wind Launches Business Alliance

A regional business alliance launched today, calling on the six New England states to deepen collaboration to responsibly develop offshore wind at a scale where it can become the dominant source of new electric power in New England and lead our transition to a low-carbon, clean energy future. 

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Op-ed: RI must move forward on offshore wind

Op-ed: RI must move forward on offshore wind

This spring, federal regulators approved the first large-scale offshore wind project in the country: Vineyard Wind 1. The project will power 400,000 homes, save Massachusetts ratepayers $1.4 billion in energy costs, and create 3,600 jobs for local residents. While this project will primarily benefit Massachusetts residents, it heralds the beginning of a new era of opportunity in green job creation and emissions reductions throughout our region.

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MA Announces Next Offshore Wind Projects

On December 17th, Massachusetts announced the winning bids for its next offshore wind projects, demonstrating that the Commonwealth has no intention of slowing down. The two projects selected will double MA’s total offshore wind portfolio – enough to power 1.6 million homes – and invest in jobs and economic development in communities like Salem, Fall River, and Somerset.

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Nine East Coast Governors Send Letter to President Biden Urging Continued Prioritization of Offshore Wind

Last week, the Governors of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Virginia sent a letter to President Biden urging continued prioritization of offshore wind and announcing their intention to collaborate across states to meet collective clean energy targets.

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Commentary: It’s off to the races for offshore wind

The curtain has risen on a new era of our energy system, and the spotlight is on offshore wind. Recently, Vineyard Wind received approval for the United States’ very first utility-scale offshore wind farm, and the Biden administration has unveiled its initiative to reach 30 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2030, demonstrating its commitment to significantly ramping up the nation’s offshore wind efforts and timeline.

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