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BOSTON – Mass. Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan says 10 companies have interest in developing offshore wind projects in federal waters off the state’s coast.
The offshore wind developers expressing interest earlier this month include Arcadia Offshore Massachusetts, Condor Wind Energy, Deepwater Wind New England, Energy Management Inc., enXco Development Corp., Fishermen’s Energy, Iberdrola Renewables, Neptune Wind, Offshore MW and US Mainstream Renewable Power Offshore.
However, while the proposals from the 10 companies total 13,000 megawatts of wind energy, many of the project proposals submitted overlap. The state estimates there will be up to 4,000 megawatts of wind energy installed offshore – enough electricity to power 1.7 million households and equal to the electricity currently generated by all the coal-fired power plants in Massachusetts.
According to a news release, the area, which has formally been designated as the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, is the largest offshore-wind planning area on the East Coast and has the potential to generate 4,000 megawatts of clean energy. •