On December 15, the Island Institute released a new report, “Engaging Communities in Offshore Wind: Case Studies and Lessons Learned from New England Islands”. 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).
The findings of the report were presented in a webinar hosted by the Island Institute and the Islanded Grid Resource Center on Tuesday, December 15 which featured a presentation from lead author Sarah Klain (University of British Columbia). The webinar also included a moderated discussion with community members and developers who are leading these processes including Bill Penn (Block Island), Kim Gaffett (Block Island), Bryan Wilson (Deepwater Wind), Marian Chioffi (Monhegan), Jake Ward (University of Maine), Richard Andre (Vineyard Power), and Erik Peckar (Vineyard Power).