To the Editor:

Last week, I was in the front row of the inaugural address from Governor Chris Sununu. I certainly wouldn’t say the governor and I agree on everything, but as I sat through a handful of his applause lines, I reflected on where he and I might be able to work together to move the state in the right direction.

The first of those issues became clear last week when the governor took the first major step toward making New Hampshire a leader in renewable offshore wind energy by requesting the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management establish an intergovernmental task force to evaluate our state’s suitability for an offshore wind project.

I want to offer Governor Sununu my sincere gratitude for listening to Seacoast communities and businesses that want to build a new industry, create more jobs, and lower utility costs. I look forward to working with the governor and his administration over the next two years to ensure we do everything in our power to take advantage of one of the richest sources of renewable offshore wind energy in the United States, right off our coast, without impeding the beautiful easterly views we have from Hampton to Rye to Portsmouth.

Advancing an offshore wind program in New Hampshire will offer several economic benefits to our state. We will have opportunities to bring more manufacturing companies and jobs to our state. This industry will attract renewable energy technology research companies, broaden our tax base and lower property taxes, and generate enough electricity to reduce utility rates for our overburdened residents and businesses.

I believe the governor sees the innumerable benefits of exploring the possibilities for an offshore wind program and I am proud to commend him on the clear steps he has taken to move our state in the direction of the future.

Sen. Jon Morgan

District 23