White house supports offshore wind


White house supports offshore wind

white house supports offshore wind

 
The White House is putting its money where its mouth is by providing a $600k grant to Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York in order to help those States secure offshore wind power.
 
Although the US has tried to install an offshore wind project as early as 2001 with the Cape Wind Project, it has not yet been able to move forward on any proposed installations. The problem was not that the project planning had any flaws, but simply a question of strong opposition.
 
Next year the US hoping to have its first offshore wind farm installation with the Block Island Wind Farm off the coast of Rhode Island. The project consists of 5 wind turbines and is meant to produce 30MW of electricity to the State. Grants like the one provided by the White House help to set the regulatory framework for projects like this, but do not support the actual installation or construction.
 
The US government has also created an interagency network which includes the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of Commerce.
 
Energy program director for Environment America, Rob Sargent said:
 
“It will involve people working together and collaborating, which is good, and that’s what this grant will do — get states working together instead of competing with each other.”
 
A whitepaper from 2010 suggests that the US has enough coastline wind to provide 4 times the amount of electricity the whole country currently produces. That’s a lot of energy. And yet another study suggests that having offshore wind turbines can slow down hurricane speeds by 56 miles per hour reducing the amount of damage to American cities along coastlines.
 
Now that the US has the support of the White House, we’re hoping the offshore wind project expected to break ground… er water…  next year will move forward as planned.
 

Posted By Sally on October 8, 2015 | 0 Comment

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