Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Can a DOE competition jump-start wind power in America's vast offshore?

Right about now, offshore wind developers across the United States have started holding their breath. Next month, the Department of Energy will announce three competition winners that could blaze a path for offshore wind's future in the United States, where, despite the best efforts of a few determined mavericks, no utility-scale offshore wind farms have yet been built. When announced in December 2012, the DOE competition involved seven offshore wind demonstration projects that were awarded an initial $4 million to get off the ground. Each has spent the past year scrambling to prove it is one of three that merit an additional $47 million to transform their ambition to "get steel into the water" into reality. The projects, with backers as diverse as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and one of the Southeast's largest energy companies, have started work on both U.S. coasts, in the Great Lakes and in the Gulf of Mexico. All aim to be the impetus that begins to spin a robust offshore wind industry in their region...more

 The answer my friend, is blowin' in the wind, along with about $169 million of your tax dollars.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

America is falling behind other countries in installed wind power capacity - big-time. In 2013 China added 16,088; Germany 3,238; UK, 1883; India 1,729; Canada 1,599; and the USA a mere 1,084. As a country we are failing in new technology development.