Wind Energy


Eyes on the Hurricane Barrier

The risk of a barge striking the barrier gates is rare, according to a 2021 report based on simulations. But the potential damage that could occur from an accident raises “great concern.”

Bill to bolster offshore wind energy breezes through House

New Bedford will benefit greatly from the legislation, with “increased high-paying jobs and workforce training initiatives; a procurement process that prioritizes economic development and diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a commitment to protect the fishing industry and coastal environment.” said state Rep. Antonio F.D. Cabral

House rallying behind new supports for offshore wind industry

The bill would change how the state procures electricity, create new tax credits and incentives for offshore wind companies, impose new environmental and fishing-related requirements on offshore wind projects, encourage modernizing the electrical grid, and jumpstart training programs for offshore wind jobs.

House ready to move on offshore wind law changes this week

“We had a tremendous advantage, and it is beginning to slip. We’re hoping to create an industry and we just had two companies bid … That’s why we’re doing this, we want that universe to get bigger.” — House Speaker Ron Mariano

Fishing coalition sues federal agencies over Vineyard Wind project

“The fishing industry supports strong action on climate change, but not at the expense of the ocean, its inhabitants, and sustainable domestic seafood,” said Annie Hawkins, executive director of the Responsible Offshore Development Alliance.

New offshore wind leasing areas address some scallop concerns

One of the wind energy lease areas in the New York Bight accounted for nearly $100 million in scallop landings from 2012 to 2016, with an “overwhelming share” landing in New Bedford, according to a letter from Mayor Mitchell.

So, you want to be an offshore wind turbine tech?

It’s currently one of the fastest-growing fields in the nation … But you’ll need specialized classes, then a year of work on inland turbines — plus training in hydraulics, electricity and underwater safety. And, you better not be afraid of heights.

State doubles offshore wind in power pipeline

Vineyard Wind’s partner will build an Offshore Wind Control Center in New Bedford with at least 20 construction jobs, followed by up to a dozen long-term positions in 2024.

A waiting game for offshore wind jobs

“In a perfect world it would start next month and it would go for the next 20 years of my life … Hopefully it will be a secure job but I’m not banking on that. I’m doing other work as well.” — Joey Welch

Angling to become the wind capital of America

What does New Bedford stand to gain from the nation’s coming offshore wind boom? In Episode 4 of the “Windfall” podcast, New Hampshire Public Radio looks at big promises coming from industry leaders.

‘WINDFALL’ PODCAST

The birth of a new American industry

In Episode 1 of the “Windfall” podcast, New Hampshire Public Radio examines the potential for wind power to reshape our energy future.

America’s would-be first wind farm

In Episode 2 of the “Windfall” podcast, New Hampshire Public Radio looks at how Cape Wind’s failure laid the groundwork for the industry’s explosive growth today.

Angling to become the wind capital of America

What does New Bedford stand to gain from the nation’s coming offshore wind boom? In Episode 4 of the “Windfall” podcast, New Hampshire Public Radio looks at big promises coming from industry leaders.

Alternative energy goes corporate

Is the environmental movement ready to welcome Big Oil and devoted capitalists into its ranks? At what cost? Episode 5 of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Windfall” podcast explores.

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