Rep. Chris Pappas, D-New Hampshire, met with state leaders at the New Hampshire State Port Authority with a soft breeze flowing through the Sarah Long Bridge in the background to explore the state’s involvement in creating potential offshore wind renewable energy generating. The Vineyard Wind Project, the country’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, received government authority this month to begin building off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.
Pappas believes that now is the moment to consider the possibilities for New Hampshire future. He said, “We can be moving in the right direction in terms of protecting our environment and building the workforce of tomorrow. These things are not mutually exclusive, and I think the conversation around offshore wind helps highlight the way that we can put all these incentives and priorities in the same direction.”
The Biden administration announced its plan to extend the usage of offshore wind farms throughout the Eastern Seaboard in late March to install 30,000 megawatts by 2030. According to the White House, by the target year, the plan is expected to produce more than 40,000 employment directly related to offshore wind and another 33,000 jobs in “communities supported by offshore wind activity,” according to the White House.
According to the administration, implementing the proposal would allow 10 million American households to be powered for a year while eliminating 78 million metric tons of carbon emissions.
New Hampshire forged a collaboration with Maine and Massachusetts through the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management in 2019 at Gov. Chris Sununu’s request to begin identifying regions for potential offshore wind farm locations that the federal government has approved.