BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is set to clear another hurdle on the path to its first offshore wind farm.
In 2016, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bipartisan energy bill that authorized the largest procurement of renewable energy generation in Massachusetts' history, including about 1,600 MW of offshore wind energy.
Three projects — Vineyard Wind, Bay State Wind and Deepwater Wind — are vying to produce some or all of the initial 800 MW.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state economic development agency, said the creation of 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power should create over 3,000 "job years" over the next ten years.
A job year is defined as one person working full-time for one year.