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Report Sees Economic Boon for Massachusetts in Offshore Wind

North American Windpower:

According to a new report from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), the deployment of Massachusetts’ required 1.6 GW of offshore wind is estimated to create between 2,270 and 3,170 job years during construction over the next 10 years, as well as generate $675 million-$800 million in direct economic output in Massachusetts.

The Offshore Wind Workforce Report–sponsored by MassCEC and authored by Bristol Community College, UMass Dartmouth and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy–also provides analysis and recommendations to guide the training and development needs for the offshore wind industry workforce in Massachusetts. The report defines a job year as one person working full-time for one year.

In 2016, Massachusetts Gov. Baker signed an energy diversification bill that authorized the largest procurement of clean energy generation in Massachusetts’ history, including approximately 1.6 GW of offshore wind energy and approximately 9,450,000 MWh of clean energy, including large-scale hydropower.

“The results of the Offshore Wind Workforce Report highlight the incredible economic opportunities created by the energy diversification legislation signed by Governor Baker, in addition to ensuring the procurement of cost-effective, locally produced clean energy that will help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” says Matthew Beaton, Massachusetts’ secretary of energy and environmental affairs. “The offshore wind sector is poised to create thousands of well-paying job opportunities in the commonwealth, and through identifying the necessary training and credentials required, this report will help prepare Massachusetts workers to take full advantage of the industry’s significant job creation potential.”

When taking into account direct, indirect (supply-chain) and induced impacts, the deployment of 1.6 GW of offshore wind is estimated to support between 6,870 and 9,850 job years over the next 10 years, as well as generate a total economic impact in Massachusetts of $1.4 billion-$2.1 billion.

More: Report: 1.6 GW Of MA Offshore Wind Equals Thousands And Thousands Of Jobs

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