Speak up for Massachusetts offshore wind power!

We are finally on the cusp of seizing the massive clean energy potential far off the shores of Massachusetts – and we need every resident of the Commonwealth speaking up in resounding support for this important climate change solution. The momentum we have built over the past year has helped deliver historic progress. Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the nation’s largest offshore wind power commitment to date, and three lease-holding developers are ready to make that vision come true. We need to speak up now to ensure the offshore wind industry moves forward without delay, and with the highest standards of protection for wildlife in place every step of the way.

America's first offshore wind turbine, Block Island Wind Farm. (Photo: Deepwater Wind)

America’s first offshore wind turbine, Block Island Wind Farm. (Photo: Deepwater Wind)

Being first in the nation to launch an industry at a scale capable of replacing nuclear and coal-fired power plants comes with immense responsibility. The first projects can and must provide a model for wildlife-friendly development and for local job creation. They will demonstrate the viability and reliability of the largest clean energy opportunity available to densely populated coastal states like Massachusetts. It’s the beginning of a new energy chapter.

We are sending a message to the Baker Administration as they work out the details of how to move forward with their commitment to develop enough offshore wind power for over half a million homes. Please add your voice today to the call for developing large-scale offshore wind power as quickly and responsibly as possible.

TAKE ACTION!

There’s more! Please consider joining us for a Public Meeting in Falmouth, MA on May 16th.

The five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm employed more than 300 local workers. Photo by NWF

The five-turbine Block Island Wind Farm employed more than 300 local workers. Photo by NWF

While we are thrilled to see Massachusetts move toward such an impactful clean energy goal – we are also working hard to ensure that meeting Governor Baker’s commitment is just the beginning. After all, the law passed last summer accounts for just a fraction of the potential already designated for offshore wind development far off the south shore of the Commonwealth.

If you would like to learn more, and potentially speak up for going bigger on offshore wind power, please join us at a Public Meeting, co-hosted by the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center on Tuesday, May 16th (details below). The hosts will provide updates on the offshore wind development process in the federal offshore wind planning areas and developers will provide project-specific updates.

Tuesday, May 16th 5:30-7:00 PM

Holiday Inn Cape Cod – Falmouth

291 Jones Road, Falmouth, MA 02540

Please email HewettA@NWF.org with any questions or to let us know if you can attend. We hope to see you there!

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