Massachusetts was the first state to pass comprehensive energy legislation with offshore wind as a centerpiece. The legislation, signed into law in August 2016, requires public utilities to purchase 1,600 MW of electricity — about 10 percent of the state’s total power needs — from offshore wind farms built in federally leased waters off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard over the coming decade.
The New Bedford Economic Development Council established the New Bedford Wind Energy Center as a catalyst to support the development of the new offshore wind industry and to promote the objectives of the city’s economic development agenda, including job creation and new investments.
New Bedford recently completed a comprehensive land-use study to support the future development of the Port of New Bedford, which is the nation’s leading fishing port and a busy commercial cargo port.
The energy legislation received the support of local business groups, including the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce and the New Bedford Workforce Investment Board.
Public support for renewable energy is building. In Massachusetts, more than 70 percent of adults favor renewable energy. A MassINC study found that Massachusetts residents are willing to pay $5 more a month on their electric bill to support clean energy.
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy offers bachelor’s degrees in a range of marine specialties, including marine transportation, engineering, maritime business, emergency management, and environmental fields.
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