SMALL OFFSHORE WIND FARM IN ATLANTIC HARBINGER OF MAJOR U.S. POWER SHIFT

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27 august 2016

[4C Note: We are not allowed to copy more than a small percentage of text from articles from major U.S. newspapers, so have selected a few paragraphs from the middle of this excellent piece on the new wind turbine park off the Rhode Island coast. You can read the entire article here]


The nation’s first offshore wind farm is ready to go, despite critics’ blowback

by Brady Dennis, Washington Post, August 27, 2016

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There’s reason to believe offshore wind farms could soon see a U.S. boom.

The federal government has awarded nearly a dozen commercial offshore wind leases, including locations off the coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia. This month, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) signed a law requiring utilities to buy a combined 1,600 megawatts of offshore wind power in coming years. In New York, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo (D) wants half the state’s power to come from renewable energy sources by 2030, a plan backed by the state’s Public Service Commission.

Deepwater Wind already is angling to build a proposed 15-turbine wind farm off the eastern coast of Long Island, the first phase of what it hopes will be more than 200 turbines to help supply parts of New York and Massachusetts. Other companies have a growing list of offshore projects in various stages of development

Tens of thousands of wind turbines already dot Texas, Iowa and other states, accounting for about 5 percent of the nation’s energy generation. Building these structures on land is cheaper and simpler, but the ocean provides stronger and more reliable winds, and the larger turbines there can, in theory, harness vast amounts of energy.

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