Offshore wind projects in US see renewed interest

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

BOSTON (AP) — The offshore wind industry has high hopes for establishing a permanent beachhead in the U.S. after years of disappointment.

Deepwater Wind, a Rhode Island-based company, expects to launch the country's first offshore wind farm off Block Island's shores by the end of the year.

Industry leaders gathering in Boston for a conference this week also touted increased interest from wealthy investment firms and major European offshore wind companies.

And Matthew Morrissey, head of Offshore Wind Massachusetts, an industry advocacy group, suggested the looming closure of coal and nuclear power plants in New England creates an energy void the industry is prepared to help fill.

But Audra Parker, head of the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, a group opposed to a project off Cape Cod, says it remains to be seen if offshore wind can produce competitively-priced electricity.