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Massachusetts Law Requires State to Contract for Offshore Wind Power

On August 1, 2017 the Massachusetts State Legislature voted on and passed a historic energy bill. On August 8, Governor Charlie Baker signed Bill H.4568: An Act to Promote Energy Diversity into law.

The new law requires Massachusetts to procure 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power and another 1,200 megawatts of hydropower or other renewable resources. The new requirements are expected to empower the the building of new wind farms on federal waters off Massachusetts.

"Through solicitation and procurement of long-term contracts for hydro and wind power, Massachusetts and New England can remain a leader in clean and renewable energy production," Baker said.

"The real heavy lifting on this starts now," Baker said. "They've given us a framework to work with, but now we actually have to do something with it."

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