Massachusetts wants to double its commitment to offshore wind projects.
A report released Friday by the Department of Energy calls on the state to move forward with an additional acquisition of up to 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind capacity with wind turbines, enough to power 1 million homes.
That would be over 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind. Massachusetts was authorized to award contracts for a 2016 renewable energy law, the largest acquisition of offshore wind power by a U.S. state.
Last year, the Legislature authorized additional contracting pending an analysis of potential economic and environmental benefits. The report concludes that such an effort should go ahead, subject to maximum prices that protect taxpayers.
Commissioner Judith Judson says bids of up to 800 megawatts will be published in 2022 and 2024.