Despite the murky immediate US offshore outlook surrounding the Vineyard Wind project delay, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo’s administration is “very optimistic” that the nascent industry will ultimately gain federal approvals and build projects along the Atlantic coast, secretary of commerce Stefan Pryor tells Recharge.

That optimism reflects a belief that offshore wind power will become an affordable alternative to fossil fuels and a pragmatic response to climate change but also that stakeholders will find common ground, allowing the industry to navigate the regulatory processes.