Massachusetts released a draft of a plan Wednesday that would govern the permitting and management of projects such as tidal and wave energy farms.
Touted by the state as the first comprehensive ocean management plan in the country, it aims to support renewable energy and other industrial operations
in the state waters while taking care to protect marine resources, the state
But creating a management plan would help to ensure a more careful planning and permitting process. Other states might follow Massachusetts' step as more renewable energy project developers express an interest in building wind
and ocean power farms up and down the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.
The federal government also has taken steps to set up the regulatory framework, especially because the current administration is keen on promoting renewable energy production and job creation.
The state is now collecting public comments on the plan, and hopes to finalize it by the end of the year.