In another sign that the U.S. offshore wind sector is taking off, three Massachusetts utilities have proposed buying as much as 800 megawatts of offshore wind energy as a first step to comply with a state law to aggressively develop the nascent industry. The utilities asked state regulators to approve a draft plan to solicit bids for offshore wind energy contracts spanning 15 to 20 years. Three wind development companies — Dong Energy, Deepwater Wind and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners — have leases from the federal government to build projects off the Massachusetts coast and are expected to compete for the contracts.

 

– Bloomberg via Renewable Energy World

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