New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has signed an executive order preparing the state for future offshore wind development and participation in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Offshore Renewable Energy Task Force
The executive order establishes four advisory boards that will inform New Hampshire’s next steps and calls on state agencies to report on key studies.
“New Hampshire recognises the tremendous potential offshore wind has to offer,” said Governor Sununu. “This executive order will ensure the process of developing offshore wind is an open and transparent process involving diverse stakeholders to balance existing offshore uses with a new source of clean energy.
“This will require enhanced co-ordination between state agencies, new studies and continuous engagement with the public. Most of all, it is imperative that we maximise all of the potential benefits of this new industry.”
The first BOEM Intergovernmental Renewable Energy Task Force meeting for the Gulf of Maine was due to take place on 12 December 2019 at the University of New Hampshire.
The executive order establishes four advisory boards to work with stakeholders and advise New Hampshire members of the BOEM Task Force.
The four advisory boards represent various industries and stakeholders, including fisheries; workforce and economic development; existing offshore industries; and a siting, transmission and infrastructure advisory board.
In addition, the order instructs the Office of Strategic Initiatives, Department of Environmental Services and the Department of Business and Economic Affairs to jointly study and report on the historical and forward-looking greenhouse gas reduction potential of offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine at varying levels of capacity; and study New Hampshire’s existing port infrastructure, coastal transmission infrastructure, and opportunities for New Hampshire to attract offshore wind supply chain operations.
The reports are due to be completed not later than January 2021 and will be submitted to the Governor, Speaker of the House, Senate President, Public Utilities Commission and the chairs of the relevant committees of the General Court.