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Massachusetts seeks developers for wind farm

Utilities in Massachusetts are asking developers to bid on a contract to build the state’s first offshore wind farm.

Utilities in Massachusetts are asking developers to bid on a contract to build the state’s first offshore wind farm and competition is expected to be intense.

Last summer, state lawmakers committed Massachusetts to procure more offshore wind than any other state.

During the next decade, utilities in the Bay State will have to buy 1,600 megawatts of electricity generated in waters off the coast, according to WBUR.

That's enough to power about a million homes, or about twice the electricity produced by the Pilgrim nuclear power plant, which will shut down in two years.

"It's a huge opportunity and I'm really excited to see what we get in our first procurement," Judith Judson, commissioner of Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, told the station.

Some of the best wind in the world blows off the coast of Martha's Vineyard, where the first offshore farm is set to be built.

"We have tremendous potential for offshore wind," Judson says. "We're taking the first step and it has the potential to bring jobs, to bring industry, and grow our clean energy economy."

While Massachusetts' goal for offshore wind over the coming decade is ambitious, it pales in comparison to Europe, where offshore wind over the last 25 years has become a $100 billion industry.

New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Delaware are also planning offshore wind farms.

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