10 developers express interest in Mass. wind farms

Posted June 04, 2012, at 8:40 a.m.

BOSTON (AP) — State officials say 10 developers have expressed an interest in building energy-generating wind farms off the coast of Massachusetts.

The wind farms would be built in an expanse of federal waters larger than Rhode Island, about 14 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard and identified by the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management as an ideal place for power generation.

The bureau said it would begin an environmental assessment of the area, which officials have estimated could produce as much as 4,000 megawatts of energy. That’s enough to power an estimated 1.7 million homes.

Richard Sullivan Jr., the state’s energy and environmental affairs secretary, tells The Boston Globe ( http://b.globe.com/LZ5wch ) that Massachusetts could become a national leader in offshore wind.

Construction would not likely begin for several years.