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Three Massachusetts-based institutions for higher education have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), called Connect4Wind, to share resources and collaborate on the development of curriculum and programs centered on the offshore wind energy sector.
Ørsted and its joint venture partner Eversource will continue progressing the Bay State Wind project towards the next solicitations in New England and New York, Ørsted's Executive Vice President Martin Neubert said after the project was not selected under the 83C solicitation in Massachusetts.
The deployment of 1,600MW of offshore wind is estimated to generate a total economic impact of between USD 1.4 billion to USD 2.1 billion in Massachusetts, according to a report by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC).
After Vineyard Wind and Avangrid Renewables announced they filed an offer in response to the Request for Proposals by Massachusetts utilities, Bay State Wind (a joint venture between Ørsted and Eversource) and Deepwater Wind informed they proposed to deliver electricity generated by their offshore wind projects to Massachusetts consumers under the 83C solicitation.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) has kicked of a search for underdeveloped waterfront sites within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that could be acquired and potentially improved through private investment to become suitable facilities to support near-term and long-term offshore wind activities. MassCEC is now seeking proposals from an engineering team with the necessary expertise to […]
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs’ Office of Coastal Zone Management and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center will host public information meetings to discuss recent and upcoming planning and assessment activities related to future offshore wind projects in federal waters off Massachusetts. Topics will include an overview of the state's new energy […]
The Wind Energy Areas (WEAs) offshore Massachusetts and Rhode Island avoid the high concentrations of protected species of whales, turtles and seabirds, according to the results of two new multi-year surveys carried out by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). "BOEM remains deeply committed to ensuring that renewable […]
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), working with AWS Truepower of Albany, New York, has installed a WINDCUBE vertical profiling lidar at WHOI’s Martha’s Vineyard Coastal Observatory (MVCO), located two miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, in the Outer Continental Shelf. Funding for the installation was provided by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) as part […]
The State of Massachusetts has set aside USD 700,000 to advance three studies relating to offshore wind development. The funds will be allocated to nine academic and research institutions across Massachusetts and it will support offshore wind research projects to identify industry workforce training and safety requirements; establish a multi-university partnership focused on innovation and driving down costs; and develop […]
Commenting on the new Massachusetts bill seeking to increase the amount of renewable energy, Massachusetts Sierra Club said more is needed from the bill to deliver benefits to the state's residents. “While there is some good in this bill, there are still major improvements needed to deliver benefits to Massachusetts residents: doubling the Renewable Portfolio Standard, […]
A new bill that would provide a better environment for the offshore wind industry was submitted to the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Monday. The bill requires utility companies in Massachusetts to solicit joint proposals and enter into long-term contracts with offshore wind companies up to 1,200 megawatts of power by 2027. Additionally, electric utilities will be required […]
Commitment by Massachusetts to develop offshore wind energy at a scale of 2,000 MW, combined with ongoing technology and industry advances, will lower previously projected costs for the clean energy source by as much as 55 percent in the next decade, according to a new study by the University of Delaware's Special Initiative on Offshore Wind (SIOW). […]
A representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Patricia A. Haddad, introduced a bill that would promote renewable energy generation off its coast. The legislation requires utilities to conduct periodic joint solicitations for proposals from offshore wind energy developers no later than 30 June 2016. The first solicitation would be for 1.5 million MWh per […]
Expanding wind power across the country could cut as much global warming pollution as 254 coal plants produce in a year, according to a new report, but congressional action is needed to make that expansion a reality, U.S. Senator of New Mexico Tom Udall and other clean energy advocates said yesterday. "Speeding the development of […]
The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult welcomed the Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and offshore wind industry leaders from the United Kingdom and the United States to London today to discuss the current and future state of the offshore wind industry, and how both countries could work more closely together. Governor Deval Patrick joined […]
Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick will lead a coalition of the Commonwealth’s government and industry leaders on an innovation partnership mission to Denmark, the United Kingdom and France to expand opportunities between the Commonwealth and these three European countries for economic development and job creation in the innovation economy, clean tech, digital gaming, financial services, […]
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has defined three Wind Energy Areas offshore North Carolina, which total approximately 307,590 acres, for potential commercial wind energy development. The Wind Energy Areas, announced yesterday by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, include the Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Areas (about 122,405 acres), the Wilmington West Wind Energy Areas (about 51,595 […]
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank have announced the proposed sale of leases for nearly 344,000 acres offshore New Jersey for commercial wind energy leasing. “Responsible offshore wind energy development has the potential to create jobs, expand our domestic clean energy resources, and strengthen […]
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Acting Director Walter Cruickshank joined Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to announce more than 742,000 acres offshore Massachusetts will be available for commercial wind energy leasing. The proposed area is the largest in federal waters and will nearly double the federal offshore acreage […]
On June 23 and 24, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) and the Clean Energy Center will host officials from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for two public meeting regarding the commercial offshore renewable wind energy leasing process on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) offshore Massachusetts. The purpose of the meetings is to explain […]
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will announce a major milestone for Massachusetts offshore wind energy today. Joining them at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center wind testing facility will be Walter Cruickshank, Acting Director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BEOM). As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan […]
At the 82ndWinter Meeting of The United States Conference of Mayors, New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell was named Vice Chairman for Renewable Energy of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Energy Committee. The Energy Standing Committee is one of eleven Standing Committees that formulate the Conference of Mayors' positions on important topics and is focused on […]
Mayor Jon Mitchell announced that he has asked long-time Economic Development Council Executive Director Matt Morrissey to lead the City’s effort over the coming year to develop the offshore wind energy industry and launch the New Bedford Wind Energy Center, a new public-private partnership established earlier this year within the New Bedford Economic Development Council […]
As part of the Obama Administration’s all-of-the-above strategy to deploy every available source of American energy, the Energy Department today announced $16 million for seventeen projects help sustainably and efficiently capture energy from waves, tides and currents. Together, these projects will increase the power production and reliability of wave and tidal devices and help gather […]
Deepwater Wind announced its selection as the provisional winner of two offshore wind energy sites located in the federal waters off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. A competitive lease auction – the first-ever auction held in the United States for commercial offshore wind development – was held today by the U.S. Department of […]
As part of President Obama’s comprehensive plan to move economy toward domestic clean energy sources and begin to slow the effects of climate change, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Tommy P. Beaudreau announced that BOEM will hold its second competitive lease sale for renewable energy on […]