Proposed Projects Presently Undergoing Permitting

Wind energy projects are already being proposed in Massachusetts, including several large-scale offshore projects (Cape Wind and Winergy) and some smaller projects on land. State and federal planning, siting criteria, and leasing programs need to be developed as soon as possible to help guide and manage development of the wind energy industry in Massachusetts, both on land and offshore. If projects are permitted and built in public trust waters before the offshore leasing programs are in place, such projects should nevertheless be subjected to lease payment requirements once the leasing program is defined.