New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has written to Dr Walter Cruickshank, acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, requesting the establishment of an offshore wind task force for the state.
The purpose of the task force would be to facilitate co-ordination and consultation among federal, state and local governments on renewable energy commercial leasing proposals in federal waters offshore of New Hampshire.
Governor Sununu designated Matthew Mailloux of the New Hampshire Office of Strategic Initiatives as the primary point of contact for New Hampshire. He will work with the bureau to establish the task force and co-ordinate involvement of state agencies and local governments.
Compared with many east coast states such as Massachusetts, Virginia, Rhode Island, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, New Hampshire has been slow to develop and implement a strategy for offshore wind energy.
According to the Offshore Wind Hub, New Hampshire’s offshore wind resource is estimated at 3.4 GW. Back in 2014, the state legislature assigned a committee to research the offshore wind energy potential off New Hampshire’s coast and make recommendations to the full legislature on how to proceed.
Other east coast states such as South Carolina are also investigating the potential of offshore wind, as are US states such as California and a number of US territories such as Guam and Puerto Rico.
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