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Coalition Urges New England Governors To Support Offshore Wind Projects

Governors in the six New England states are being urged to sign a joint resolution supporting offshore wind projects that promise tens of thousands of jobs.The New England coast is one of the best places in the world for offshore wind. It blows strong and steady.  But projects have been delayed awaiting federal approval.

Now, a coalition of 40 environmental, business, labor, health and fishing organizations is calling on the region's governors to work together to promote the fledgling industry.

“Offshore wind is our region's best opportunity for new sources of energy," says Suzannah Hatch, with the Environmental League of Massachusetts. "It is the single biggest lever we can pull to reduce emissions, address the climate crisis and grow the economy at the same time.”

Federal regulators plan to announce environmental standards for the offshore wind industry by December.

WBUR's Bruce Gellerman produced this story for the New England News Collaborative.