Wind energy expert to speak in Newburyport

Amber Hewett

NEWBURYPORT – Amber Hewett, the offshore wind energy campaign manager for the National Wildlife Federation, will talk about policy challenges and opportunities to make offshore wind a major part of the state’s energy future at the Indivisible-RISE Newburyport monthly meeting Tuesday.

The meeting at Central Congregational Church, 14 Titcomb St., is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

In 2016, Massachusetts made a large-scale commitment to offshore wind. The U.S. is nearly three decades behind Europe, where offshore wind power supports over 80,000 jobs, according to a release from I-RISE.

Offshore wind power consists of over 4,000 turbines worldwide, but only five of those turbines stand in U.S. waters. For more than six years, Hewett has worked to advance state policies in the Northeast that will help launch a robust U.S. offshore wind industry and ensure that wildlife, habitat and communities are protected throughout every stage of development.

In addition, the I-RISE Legislative Watch Team will update those at the meeting on its work to keep track of local legislators’ sponsorship of, and positions on, current bills at the Statehouse.

Areas of focus include education, the environment, government transparency, immigration, mental health and the opiate crisis, voting rights, gun violence and women’s issues.

Those at the meeting also will have an opportunity to discuss issues of concern relative to future initiatives for I-RISE.

For more information, visit Indivisible-RISE Newburyport and Indivisible online or email indivisible.rise.newburyport@gmail.com.