Large offshore wind farm planned off Massachusetts

A Danish company is planning a massive wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts that would be North America’s largest offshore wind farm.

Dong Energy is planning an installation in federal water just south of Martha’s Vineyard that would have 100 turbines and be capable of generating 1,000 megawatts, the Boston Globe reports.

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Dong, the world’s largest offshore wind developer, faces lengthy permitting and other approval steps from both Massachusetts and the federal government. It hasn’t taken any action on the project beyond leasing rights to the area from the Bureau of Offshore Energy Management.

“We have the experience and we have the expertise,” Thomas Brostrom, the company’s North American general manager, told the Globe.

The project would be near the ill-fated Cape Wind, which was canceled this year after years of fighting and opposition.

The Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, the most vocal group against Cape Wind, told the Globe that the Dong project is much less objectionable than the canceled one.

It is also near Deepwater Wind, off Rhode Island’s coast, which started construction this year and will likely be the first utility-scale offshore wind farm in the United States.