Engaging Communities in Offshore Wind: Case Studies and Lessons Learned from New England Islands

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Type: Report
Year of publication: 2015
Date published: 12/2015
Authors: Sarah Klain, Suzanne MacDonald, Nicholas Battista
Publishing institution: Island Institute
City: Maine, USA

With several offshore wind farms currently under consideration off the U.S. Atlantic seaboard, offshore wind has the potential to be an abundant source of renewable, low carbon electricity. Island communities throughout New England are leading the way in developing effective approaches for engaging with offshore wind developers. The report highlights key insights for designing good community engagement processes and demonstrates these best practices through case studies from Block Island (RI), Martha’s Vineyard (MA), and Monhegan (ME).

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