Massachusetts House backs big data, offshore wind power

Sheringham Shoal Offshore Wind Farm, United Kingdom (317 MW)

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo has pledged to spur the state's economy through legislative support for the innovative big data and the offshore wind power industries.

The Democrat told the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that big data is the next step in the state's tradition of discovery and invention.

He said the House will fund a $2 million Big Data Innovation and Workforce Fund to promote the use of big data and analytics through partnerships between the public and private sectors.

He said energy plays a major role in business decisions, so affordable, reliable and clean energy is critical for the economy. A House energy plan includes a competitive procurement process for hydroelectricity and development of offshore wind power. He says the Massachusetts' coastline provides "unrivaled" wind resources.

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