MA Environmental Advocacy Group Highlights State's Massive Offshore Wind Potential

Mar 22, 2018

A Massachusetts-based environmental group says the state has the potential to generate more offshore wind energy than any other state along the East Coast.

Environment Massachusetts released their findings in a new report Thursday that said if wind turbines were placed in every suitable location off the coast of Massachusetts, the state could generate more than a million gigawatt hours of offshore wind energy. 

That’s nearly 20 times more electricity than all of what Massachusetts used in 2016. 

The report also revealed if offshore wind generated power for electricity, along with heating and transportation, the industry could still produce eight times as much energy Massachusetts uses each year. 

The state is already taking steps to advance the offshore wind industry.

Officials are reviewing proposals for what could be the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind farm. Turbines could be spinning as early as 2021 and powering hundreds of thousands of homes.

However, the industry has gotten pushback from commercial and recreational fishermen. They’re concerned the turbines could confuse their radar navigation tools and that underwater cables could deplete fishing grounds.

Environment Massachusetts' report is based on a 2016 assessment by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Lab.