Massachusetts looks to UK for offshore collaboration opportunities

Deval Patrick, the Governor of Massachusetts, addressed European offshore wind industry leaders and government officials to discuss opportunities pertaining to the offshore wind segment. He also indicated that the US state could work with the UK to grow...

By Ritesh Gupta

Patrick joined Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult chief executive Andrew Jamieson and representatives from RenewableUK, National Grid MA, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) and the UK Trade & Investment office to discuss Massachusetts’ emerging offshore wind sector and lessons learned from the UK’s offshore wind industry experience, which extends back more than 20 years.

The forum is part of the Massachusetts-United Kingdom Innovation Partnership Mission, the second stop on Governor Patrick’s Innovation Partnership Mission to Denmark, the United Kingdom and France.

More than 742,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts is being made available for commercial wind energy leasing.