Offshore wind

Offshore wind

February 20, 2018 | By Keith Martin in Washington, DC

US offshore wind is gearing up quickly.

Eight offshore wind projects are in the works off Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia.

The New York State Research and Development Authority, or NYSERDA, released an “Offshore Wind Master Plan” at the end of January to develop 2,400 megawatts of offshore wind, with 800 megawatts in commercial operation by 2025 and the rest to be completed by 2030.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy (D) issued an executive order two days later asking state regulators to solicit 1,100 megawatts of offshore wind initially, and then reach 3,500 megawatts by 2030.

A 2016 Massachusetts law requires the state to solicit 1,600 megawatts by 2027.