Signalling that New Hampshire could soon join the growing number of states pursuing offshore wind energy development, Clean Energy New Hampshire (CENH) said EnBW North America was joining its ranks.
EnBW North America managing director Bill White said, “EnBW North America is excited to partner with Clean Energy New Hampshire to explore the role offshore wind power can play in generating affordable clean energy in New Hampshire.
“We are encouraged by the keen interest Governor Chris Sununu and the New Hampshire legislature have shown in examining the potential for developing wind power off of the New Hampshire coast, and we’re eager to bring to this conversation our expertise as an experienced offshore wind developer.”
In January 2019, Governor Sununu requested that the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) establish an intergovernmental offshore renewable energy task force, the first step in a potential multi-year process to develop wind energy in federal waters off the New Hampshire coast.
To date, US offshore wind development has focused on southern New England states such as Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, as well as New York and New Jersey. New Hampshire’s recent interest in offshore wind power comes on the heels of a record-breaking federal auction last December for lease areas off the Massachusetts coast.
The purpose of the task force would be to facilitate co-ordination and consultation among federal, state and local governments on renewable energy commercial leasing proposals in federal waters offshore of New Hampshire.
EnBW North America, a subsidiary of German-based EnBW AG, is pursuing offshore wind energy opportunities along both US coasts. It is the first offshore wind company in CENH’s portfolio of nearly 130 clean energy, clean tech, and energy efficiency members across 16 different industry sectors.
CENH director of business development Michael Behrman said, “Clean Energy NH is thrilled to welcome EnBW to our membership. The company’s experience in this exciting, rapidly growing industry is an asset for New Hampshire, and we look forward to fully supporting the company’s entrance into the New England market and the Granite State’s exploration of the tremendous benefits that a thriving offshore wind industry can provide.”