Making it happen: 2017, the year for US Offshore Wind

The first offshore turbines arrived off the coast of New England last year in the form of a $300m utility-scale scheme called Block Island. Now, new projects are starting to follow suit and the US Offshore Wind Industry is starting to gather pace.

There is every reason to believe that the US will follow the same course as Europe and embrace offshore wind as part of a wider drive to decarbonize electricity generation. For example, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has enacted a law that requires its utilities to buy 1.6GW of their energy from offshore sources by 2027.

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