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Public Wind Power

A bevy of contracts for offshore wind farms in states from New York and New Jersey to Massachusetts were cancelled toward the end of 2023. Plans for decarbonizing the grid are consequently in crisis. Why have so many wind farm contracts been cancelled and how do these cancellations reflect broader problems in the wind industry? Why is the wind industry so important to energy transition plans in the US and beyond? How have elected officials reacted to this crisis in offshore wind? What else could be done to speed up the buildout of offshore wind and the democratic and just energy transition of which it is a part? 

This report explores the crisis of the Offshore Wind industry, explaining the underlying mechanisms through which wind power is procured in the states like New York. The report argues for an alternative, public pathway to offshore wind.