The Massachusetts state legislature has increased its offshore wind target to 5600MW for the state.
An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy authorises an additional 2400MW of offshore wind procurement.
It also raises the State’s Renewable Portfolio target to 40% by 2030.
The legislation will now go to state Governor Charlie Baker (pictured) for approval.
American Clean Power Association director of eastern state affairs Andrew Gohn said: “The American Clean Power Association applauds the forward-thinking and bipartisan work of Senators Michael J. Barrett, Cynthia Stone Creem, and Patrick M. O’Connor; and Representatives Thomas A. Golden, Jr., Patricia A. Haddad and Bradley H. Jones, Jr. for ensuring that Massachusetts remains on the cutting edge of clean power development.
“The Commonwealth has long been a leader in embracing clean, affordable energy and this new legislation means that more of the jobs and investments associated with zero-carbon electricity will belong to Massachusetts.
“This includes the onshore economic benefits of wind and solar development, as well as a significant piece of the 83,000 jobs and $57bn in (€45.48bn) economic investment that offshore wind is set to bring to the East Coast within this decade.”
Massachusetts has already awarded contracts to the 800MW Vineyard Wind and the 804MW Mayflower Wind projects.