It’s appropriate that the US secretary of state and the British foreign secretary chose Massachusetts as the setting of their outing to highlight the growing clean energy sectors in their nations (“Smart energy policy is a win for the world,” Op-ed, John Kerry and Philip Hammond, Oct. 9). Massachusetts is poised to end the absence of US offshore wind power in the coming year, advancing an industry that sets the two countries apart dramatically, with more than 1,000 turbines currently spinning in British waters.

Wildlife and future generations are counting on us to build a set of solutions that match the scale of our environmental challenges. Responsibly developed offshore wind power can be New England’s greatest contribution to this goal. It will bring valuable energy diversity to the region, which is especially appealing in the wake of National Grid’s recently announced 37 percent winter rate increase, will create local jobs.

Massachusetts’ leaders are writing a game-changing chapter of our energy story, one that will determine our region’s energy profile for the next 50 years. We need to accept nothing short of a bold commitment from our next governor to reach the clean energy frontier off our shores.


Amber Hewett

The writer is Northeast climate program assistant with the National Wildlife Federation.