Biden Approves 1st Major Offshore Wind Energy Project for the USA


Michael Dwyer/AP

The U.S. Interior Department approved the country’s first large-scale offshore wind project Tuesday, a final hurdle that reverses course from the Trump administration and sets the stage for a major shift in the energy landscape.

This “is a significant milestone in our efforts to build a clean and more equitable energy future while addressing the climate emergency,” Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said during a press briefing. She said an expansion of wind energy is critical to President Biden’s ambitious climate goals to make the electricity sector carbon-neutral…

The project is expected to produce enough renewable electricity to power 400,000 Massachusetts homes every year while also saving ratepayers billions of dollars and reducing annual carbon dioxide emissions in the state by about 1.68 million metric tons…

Pederson called Vineyard Wind’s approval “the launch of a new industry.” More than a dozen wind farms are being developed in federal waters off the East Coast, and states along the seaboard are eager for the economic development that could bring.

Now, we’re only 29 years behind Denmark.

That’s not just a snarky remark. That opens the question, “How is it a small nation like Denmark – certainly not wealthier than the United States – becomes a leading example for energy efficiency, long-range savings for its citizens, 29 years before our government gets around to possibly enacting legislation to START OUR FIRST PROJECT?

Denmark, the other Scandinavian countries, all of western Europe is not that dissimilar from the GOUSA. They have liberals and conservatives, their conservatives lie at least as much as the Republican Party, many of their liberals are as chickenshit as the Democrats.

It may be that broadly-speaking their media isn’t as cowardly as ours. But, I doubt if they’re any less profitable. I’m confident their education is broader, deeper, more thorough than the average US education – even though much is premised on an open class divide, sharp and unhidden; but, permitting a better public education than we dare to allow.

I don’t care to waste time nibbling through detailed analyses of who gets the most responsibility for the advances in energy, clean air, a better life … that take place without the participation of the United States … that don’t benefit Americans directly because our elected officials and the parties they “allow” to represent us are a social and economic mediocrity. ‘Nuff said.

4 thoughts on “Biden Approves 1st Major Offshore Wind Energy Project for the USA

  1. p/s says:

    Sensor-driven turbine platforms could unlock 4,000 TWh of offshore wind : Bringing the biggest turbines to deep waters is an engineering challenge. https://arstechnica.com/science/2021/05/sensor-driven-turbine-platforms-could-unlock-4000-twh-of-offshore-wind/
    “In US waters alone, 58 percent of offshore wind capacity—some 4,200 TWh per year—is beyond the reach of fixed-foundation wind turbines, which are commercially limited to depths of less than 60 m. Offshore wind represents a massive untapped resource and could go a long way toward addressing the approximately 4,000 TWh of electricity used in the US last year.
    To access offshore wind power, companies have been experimenting with floating platforms that would support the industry’s largest turbines. Yesterday, General Electric and Glosten, an engineering consultancy, announced a new design and control scheme that could significantly lower the cost of floating offshore wind as part of the ARPA-E ATLANTIS program.”
    Floating Wind Turbines on the Rise : NREL Offshore Wind Expert Discusses Future Powered by Floating Offshore Wind https://www.nrel.gov/news/program/2020/floating-offshore-wind-rises.html

    • Addendum says:

      “Floating wind energy projects could open up vast areas of the world’s oceans to produce carbon-free power. But developers must first solve two key technical problems, according to France’s electric-grid operator.
      Sea swell can cause vibrations that harm floating-substation equipment, while cables can be damaged by a buildup of shells and seaweed, Reseau de Transport d’Electricite said. These issues must be tackled before floating wind can succeed on a large scale, and RTE is among operators trying to fix them.” https://gcaptain.com/waves-and-seaweed-challenge-frances-plans-for-floating-wind/
      The world’s largest developer of offshore wind farms Orsted A/S has found that some of its cables connecting to wind farms have been damaged by scraping against rocks on the seabed and will need to spend as much as 3 billion Danish kroner ($489 million) to fix them. It’s part of the growing pains for the offshore wind industry that’s become one of the fastest growing sources of electricity. https://news2sea.com/wind-power-giants-profit-hit-by-rocks-on-the-seabed/

  2. Update says:

    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is moving forward with plans to advance offshore wind leasing off California’s coasts, part of the Biden Administration’s goal of developing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy by 2030.
    BOEM this week announced it will begin the process of seeking public comment and determining industry interest for the development of offshore wind sites off central California, known as the Morro Bay Call Area East and West Extensions, consisting of more 90,000 acres.
    Separately, the agency is also now formally designated the 132,000-acre Humboldt Wind Energy Area (WEA), located offshore northern California, and will now proceed with an environmental review as required under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). https://gcaptain.com/boem-advances-offshore-wind-leasing-process-in-california/
    American Clean Power Association Statement on BOEM California offshore leasing call for information https://www.evwind.es/2021/07/29/american-clean-power-association-statement-on-boem-california-offshore-leasing-call-for-information/81875

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