An assessment of the potential of storage in the state, a leader in wind energy, also identified barriers to its expansion.
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.
A handful of residents filed noise complaints against the project over the summer, though testing showed sounds levels were below state limits.
The bill’s sponsors voted last year to gut state clean energy standards while subsidizing nuclear and coal bailouts.
Xcel Energy recently refunded customers who volunteered to pay extra to support wind energy, which is now among the cheapest sources of electricity.