Offshore Wind

Press Releases
Nation’s First Offshore Wind Farm Begins Producing Clean, Renewable Power

“This is the beginning of a new clean energy chapter for New England and proof that new jobs and new industries will flourish in a future free from reliance on fossil fuels,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “Deepwater Wind deserves particular credit for seeing that good environmental stewardship of the environment is also good business, engaging all key voices in the development process to minimize impacts to endangered North Atlantic right whales and other ocean resources while achieving on-time, on-budget construction.”

Conservation Matters Articles
Going Low-Carb
by Laurie O'Reilly

Transforming New England’s Energy System New England’s coal-fired power plants were at their peak when CLF opened its doors 50 years ago. The majority of the region’s coal fleet came online in the post-war boom years of the1950s and 1960s and they would go on to dominate our region’s electricity mix for decades. Today, however,…

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Trump to Put Noted Climate Denier at Helm of EPA

“President-elect Trump’s intention to nominate climate denier and leading clean energy opponent Scott Pruitt to lead EPA mocks the states, businesses, and innovators who have led the transition away from fossil fuel dependency, and mocks the many leaders in his own party who understand the perils and opportunities climate change presents,” said CLF President Bradley Campbell. “But we’ve had to take on EPA before, and today’s announcement only strengthens our resolve to protect the health and safety of New Englanders. We stand ready to vigorously defend and enforce critical protections and safeguards like the Clean Water Act from any attempt to turn back the clock on environmental protection.”

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Blazing the Trail for Offshore Wind in Rhode Island
by Jerry Elmer

In just a few days, the first offshore wind farm in the country will go live. The five-turbine Block Island Wind Project, developed by Deepwater Wind off the coast of Rhode Island, was more than 10 years in the making. The lessons learned and the trails blazed from this small project are setting the stage…

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The Future of Offshore Wind in New England is Bright
by Amanda Yanchury

On a beautiful, brisk, and windy fall day last week, director of ocean conservation Dr. Priscilla Brooks embarked upon a cruise out to the Block Island wind farm for a close-up view of our nation’s first offshore wind farm. The 13-mile ride was bumpy, but well worth it, Brooks said. Standing some 560 feet high,…

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Beyond Cape Wind: New England’s Clean Energy Future is Now
by Priscilla Brooks

Earlier this month, Cape Wind filed a motion to voluntarily dismiss its appeal to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court of a Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board decision denying the company’s request for an extension of permits enabling the connection of the proposed offshore wind facility in Nantucket Sound with the electric grid. This is the…

News Clips
New Law Will Increase State’s Reliance On Renewable Energy

… Greg Cunningham — the energy and climate program director at the Conservation Law Foundation, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the state over its implementation of Global Warming Solutions Act — said in a statement that while the bill isn’t perfect, it’s a big step forward. “The forward-thinking diversity of resources advanced by this law, including offshore…

Press Releases
Senate Energy Bill Sets Right Course for Commonwealth’s Future

“Today’s bill answers the call of millions throughout Massachusetts demanding a viable path toward a clean energy future,” said CLF attorney Caitlin Peale Sloan. “Ensuring the health of our communities and environment tomorrow requires bold action on climate change today, and this bill is undoubtedly the strongest we’ve seen from this legislature. While it falls short of addressing rampant gas leaks in the system or public subsidies for fossil fuel pipelines, it brings us significantly closer to the energy solutions necessary to move our state and our region forward.”