Offshore Wind Power, Long Ignored in U.S., Wins Foothold in Massachusetts

On the waterfront of this fabled former whaling hub, the outlines of a major new industry are starting to appear. Crews of research boats perform last-minute tuneups before heading out to map the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. A large weather buoy decked out with gear for measuring wind speeds waits on the quay for repairs. And a 1,200-foot stretch of the port has been beefed up to bear enormous loads.

Massachusetts Considering 3 Companies For Nation's First Commercial Offshore Wind Farm

Massachusetts is gearing up for the creation of the state's first offshore wind farm. If proposals are accepted, the state could soon be home to the largest offshore wind facility in the country. The coast of Massachusetts is an ideal location to harness the power of wind and now, developers are vying for a chance to build turbine farms about 15 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard. But what exactly will all of this look like? To get a better sense of what’s to come, you need to visit the nation’s first offshore wind farm, five turbines that stand just off the coast of Rhode Island.

Massachusetts to clear hurdle to first offshore wind farm

Massachusetts is set to clear another hurdle on the path to its first offshore wind farm. Wednesday is the deadline to announce which of three proposed wind projects can move forward. In 2016, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bipartisan energy bill that authorized the largest procurement of renewable energy generation in Massachusetts’ history, including approximately 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind energy.