Rhode Island and Massachusetts are leaders among East Coast states in the race to advance offshore wind energy development. That’s according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation.
These two states are the only ones that have secured a combination of necessary contracts, leases, and permits to build offshore wind farms. The report points to budding large-scale projects from offshore developers Deepwater Wind and Cape Wind. Construction for these projects, including the Block Island Wind Farm, is set to begin next year.
The report notes that states play a critical role driving the market for offshore wind power. It calls on policymakers to create the political environment necessary to spur offshore wind energy projects. Advocates say that’s especially important as state leaders face critical decisions to meet the region’s growing energy demands in a warming planet.