NOIA praises movement on wind development offshore MassachusettsNews // January 7, 2011
The President of the National Ocean Industries Assocaition (NOIA) in the US, Randall Luthi, has issued the following statement regarding the publication by the Department of the Interior of a Request for Interest (RFI) for renewable leasing offshore Massachusetts, and the availability of the commercial lease for the Cape Wind offshore wind project.
“I applaud Secretary Salazar’s forward movement on offshore renewable energy. It is gratifying to see the publication of the commercial lease for the Cape Wind project, which has undergone extensive studies, reviews and litigation this past decade. We also see today’s Request for Interest for areas offshore Massachusetts as a positive indicator that there will indeed be more such leases to come.
“Offshore renewables will be an integral part of the all-of-the-above energy solution for America, which NOIA promotes. We commend the Secretary’s “Smart from the Start” Initiative, but since it is projected to be decades before offshore renewables make a real dent in domestic energy demand, we encourage the Secretary to commit himself equally, if not more so, to the efficient and timely permitting for offshore oil and gas projects that will produce energy now and provide more jobs today.”