Posted on October 5, 2023
The first wind turbine tower and related components pass through the hurricane barrier in New Bedford, Mass., in September 2023 en route to the Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm under development by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners and Avangrid based in Orange, Conn. (Avangrid press photo by Worldview Films)
As Rhode Island begs developers to step up with proposals for a new offshore wind farm, Connecticut and Massachusetts are next in line — but with the three states and others on the Eastern Seaboard drifting into a market that is stuck in the doldrums.
In a joint letter to the Biden administration in mid-September, Gov. Ned Lamont and other Northeast governors warned the Biden administration of escalating costs that could stall any new wind farm proposals. Blaming inflation and continuing bottlenecks in industrial supply chains that have “created extraordinary economic challenges that threaten to reverse these offshore wind gains,” the governors want more support to be steered to wind power under the Inflation Reduction Act to help cover the jump in wind farm costs.