MA - Should Massachusetts Significantly Expand Its Off-Shore Wind Energy Production?
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Our dependence on fossil fuels is driving a climate crisis and pushing ecosystems towards collapse. We must change how we power our lives. For New England, responsibly developed offshore wind is the single biggest lever we can pull. A vibrant offshore wind industry would also benefit our economy, workforce, and anyone who pays an energy bill. Offshore wind can coexist with marine habitats, fishing, and the other ocean uses we value.
New England has some of the most powerful offshore wind in the Unites States. We have enough to power our economy 10 times over. Our offshore wind blows hard — and is most consistent in the winter when energy is in greatest demand. Once built, offshore wind could directly displace natural gas and oil.
Offshore wind is 80 percent cheaper than a decade ago. Costs continue to fall and turbine performance and potential output continue to grow. Today, the Vineyard Wind 1 and Mayflower Wind projects are forecast to save Massachusetts ratepayers $3.8 billion. For families choosing between paying utility bills and putting food on the table, these are welcome savings.