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East Feature Coast

Offshore Wind Rises in the East

Backed by gubernatorial and state legislative support, offshore wind picks up

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t was almost a year ago that the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. opened off the coast of Rhode Island. While Block Island Wind Farm is relatively small by European wind farm standards—with just five 6 MW wind turbines—it is a major leap forward for the American offshore wind energy market. Now state level initiatives up and down the U.S. East Coast from Maine to North Carolina are exploring how to make wind energy a reality in their waters. Massachusetts, for example, has passed legislation that would require utilities to procure 1,600 MW of offshore wind over the next 10 years. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo,

meanwhile, has committed to develop up to 2,400 MW of offshore wind by 2030. Maritime attorney Joan Bondareff of counsel at Blank Rome, LLP says legislative and gubernatorial commitments to renewable energy are playing a major role in attracting new offshore wind projects. “Developers are flocking to Massachusetts and New York State, where there are commitments by Governor Baker and Governor Cuomo to renewable energy and offshore wind. That’s where you see the most activity. It’s good to see some of the states working collaboratively.” Bondareff keeps her finger on the pulse of offshore wind development on the Atlantic Coast. She serves as the chair of the Virginia Offshore Wind Development Authority. “Virginia has been doing its own thing,” says

Siemens

By John R. Snyder, Publisher & Editor in Chief

December 2017 // Marine Log 17

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