Massachusetts and Rhode Island Move Forward With Offshore Wind

New projects will produce 1200 MW of clean energy for New England

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May 23, 2018 (BOSTON) – Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) released the following statements today in response to the announcement of new offshore wind projects in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

“The clean, local energy generated by this project will benefit all of New England,” said Alyssa Rayman-Read, Vice President and Director of CLF Massachusetts. “Offshore wind projects will not only add power to our electric grid, they will also bring a new industry to Massachusetts, and we urge the state to move aggressively in pursuing even more of these projects. CLF is looking forward to working with those involved to ensure this project comes online quickly while minimizing environmental impacts for endangered right whales and other critical species.”

“Rhode Island was the first in the nation to commit to offshore wind with the Block Island Wind Farm,” said Amy Moses, Vice President and Director of CLF Rhode Island. “The project announced today continues that commitment towards clean energy and away from dirty sources like biomass and fossil fuels. CLF plans to be a part of the process to ensure that environmental concerns continue to be a priority and that important species like the North Atlantic right whale are not harmed as a result of this project.”

CLF experts are available for further comment.