People who make a living catching fish and lobster off the state’s coast questioned state officials’ commitment to working with the industry on offshore wind.
The current project-by-project approach to electricity grid improvements will cost too much and potentially limit development in the future, companies say.
Wind advocates counter that a recent report obscures the potential for long-term employment as the industry continues to grow.
As politics and the pandemic stall offshore wind permitting and planning, New Hampshire sees a window of opportunity to bring its plans for the industry into focus.
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.