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Coalition Urges New England Governors To Back Offshore Wind

Jose Antonio Alba

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont and governors of the five other New England states are being urged to sign a joint resolution supporting offshore wind projects that promise tens of thousands of jobs.

The New England coast is one of the best places in the world for offshore wind — it blows strong and steady. But projects have been delayed awaiting federal approval.

Now, a coalition of 40 environmental, business, labor, health and fishing organizations is calling on the region's governors to work together to promote the fledgling industry.

Suzannah Hatch is with the Environmental League of Massachusetts.

“Offshore wind is our region's best opportunity for new sources of energy. It is the single biggest lever we can pull to reduce emissions, address the climate crisis and grow the economy at the same time,” she said.

Federal regulators plan to announce environmental standards for the offshore wind industry by December.