Critics say ISO New England was too quick to dismiss a more expensive plan that would have helped prepare the Boston-area electric grid for future offshore wind.
Efforts to shore up the local workforce have helped counter some fishing groups’ opposition to the state’s burgeoning new industry.
About 85% of comments at a recent series of virtual public meetings were in favor of allowing the offshore wind project.
Massachusetts is expected to pass clean energy and climate legislation in the coming months that would require the state to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, dividing conservative groups and environmentalists in atypical ways.
The state trailed only California in the number of houses of worship with solar installations in operation last year.