After participating in an 8-year struggle to get offshore wind development approved in Massachusetts waters, federal officials are pushing for expedited reviews and approvals in a rapidly growing number of other US coastal areas.
In the rollout of the National Offshore Wind Strategy, announced Feb. 7, 2011, Dept. of Energy officials identified priority zones off the shores of New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. In March, they anticipate identifying similar zones off the shores of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. North Carolina waters will be the target in April, May, or June. Similar designations are expected to occur in coming months and years in both federal and state waters along the Atlantic, Pacific, Hawaiian, Gulf of Mexico, and Great Lakes coasts.