Renewable Energy for New Hampshire

Offshore Wind as Part of a Sustainable Future for New Hampshire


floating support structure for offshore wind (Principle Power)

Offshore wind is the largest potential component for a safe, secure, and sustainable energy future in New Hampshire—free of the economic, environmental, and public health threats posed by fossil fuel and nuclear power pollution. The Seacoast Anti-Pollution League has been actively researching wind potential and conducting outreach to community groups and organizations, and we are very optimistic about the progress being made. SAPL is also a key member of WindASSIST – an alliance of local and statewide groups promoting offshore wind as a critical component of a sustainable energy future for Maine and New Hampshire.

In 2014, we initiated a state legislative study on the potential of offshore wind. The study involved several experts in the fields of energy and engineering in addition to state legislators, and it concluded that the wind resource off of New Hampshire’s coast has real potential to generate significant amounts of electricity. This potential is even greater if we consider collaborating with neighboring states. You can read the full findings and recommendations of the study in the Report of the Committee to Study Offshore Wind Energy and the Development of Other Ocean Power Technology.

THE NEXT STEP: Towns are making their voices heard.
We are currently focused on gathering municipal resolutions in support of an intergovernmental task force and stakeholder process to determine the feasibility and best locations for offshore wind in the Gulf of Maine.

SAPL has been working with NH Seacoast communities to pass resolutions in support of offshore wind. Both Durham and Dover’s councils approved resolutions last year. Portsmouth voted unanimously to support a resolution in October, and we teamed up with 350NH to get warrant articles onto more than a dozen town meeting warrants or town ballots across the state that supported offshore wind in March, including initiatives in Exeter, Hampton, Lee, Stratham and Newfields. In separate actions, Rye and New Castle boards of selectmen also voted in favor of similar resolutions.

Along with our allies 350NH, we will be working in coming months to get the cities of Somersworth, Concord, Keene and Nashua on board as well.
Learn how your town can speak up for clean energy »

As of May 14, 2018, we are now up to 20 towns and cities throughout New Hampshire passing offshore wind resolutions! Peterborough just passed theirs with 75% of the vote!

TAKE ACTION: Have your town speak up for wind power!
While we are currently working with Portsmouth, Dover, and Durham, we invite all NH towns to propose a resolution in support of offshore wind. This is an opportunity to speak as an entire town to tell the State of New Hampshire to move forward on Offshore Wind. View a sample resolution or contact SAPL Director Doug Bogen with questions on how to start the process.

Interested in a presentation to your community group?
Contact Doug Bogen for more information.

…it is clear that our neighbors to the north and the south are making serious efforts to develop the [offshore wind] industry. Massachusetts is one of the leaders in the country at the moment in this regard. It therefore behooves New Hampshire to become more involved in this potentially significant area of economic growth, even with the limited coastline that we have. – from the Report of the Committee to Study Offshore Wind Energy


Hywind 2.3 MW Prototype, off Norway
VolturnUS/UMO 1/8 scale Turbine. Castine, ME
WindFloat 2 MW Turbine, off Portugal
8MW floating turbine off of Fukushima, Japan

Watch a presentation on wind development from our 2015 annual meeting In Portsmouth, NH. This is a comprehensive offshore wind energy presentation by Paul Williamson, Director and Industry Coordinator for the Maine Ocean & Wind Industry Initiative.