Massachusetts to clear hurdle to first offshore wind farm

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BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is set to clear another hurdle on the path to its first offshore wind farm.

In 2016, Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bipartisan energy bill that authorized the largest procurement of renewable energy generation in Massachusetts' history, including about 1,600 MW of offshore wind energy.

Three projects — Vineyard Wind, Bay State Wind and Deepwater Wind — are vying to produce some or all of the initial 800 MW.

The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a state economic development agency, said the creation of 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power should create over 3,000 "job years" over the next ten years.

A job year is defined as one person working full-time for one year.

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