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Offshore Wind

Denmark Just Broke The World Record For Wind Energy

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 01.19.2016 | Science

For the second year in a row, Denmark is the most wind-powered country in world history, Danish officials announced this weekend.  The Scandinav...

Winds of Change Off the New England Coast

XPRIZE | Posted 01.06.2016 | Green

The economics are interesting. Today, Block Island has no electrical connection to the mainland, so its power comes from expensive and environmentally unfriendly diesel generation, which the Block Island Power Company bills at 24 cents per kilowatt-hour in peak season.

First U.S. Offshore Wind Project Breaks Ground

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 06.27.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Block Island calls itself the "Last Great Place," but this small island 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island is first in the hearts of environmentalists and clean energy advocates across the nation today. Big things are happening just off the shore of that little island.

Offshore Wind Energy Would Produce Twice As Many Jobs As Oil And Gas Operations In The Atlantic

Adrian Grenier | Posted 01.22.2015 | Green
Adrian Grenier

Did you know that coastal activity in Atlantic states -- ranging from fishing, tourism, recreation and more -- supports about 1.4 million jobs and net about $95 billion in gross domestic product every year?

Offshore Winds Soon to Power Cape Cod: Part 3

Stacy Clark | Posted 02.04.2015 | Green
Stacy Clark

Part 2 of this three-part series concerning America's first offshore wind farm was an October interview with Cape Wind's Communications Director Mark Rodgers. Rodgers recently recalled the significance of Massachusetts's original windmills to the early economy of Cape Cod:

Offshore Winds Soon to Power Cape Cod: Part I

Stacy Clark | Posted 11.29.2014 | Green
Stacy Clark

With such an abundance of inexhaustible, clean power just waiting to be tapped, why has the U.S. delayed its development of offshore wind power?

Will Offshore Wind Pick up the Speed?

Swara Salih | Posted 09.01.2014 | Green
Swara Salih

Conventional wind facilities on land, while essential for the renewable energy sector, are troubled by the intermittency of wind strength. But offshore wind facilities could offer an efficient means of drawing a highly abundant source of energy.

Court Rules for Cape Wind, Ending a Decade of Failed Opposition

Lewis Milford | Posted 05.18.2014 | Green
Lewis Milford

If you are an environmental lawyer, there is nothing more deflating than reading a judge's decision that clinically rejects all your best arguments. I know because I have had my share of losing environmental cases.

Major U.S. Offshore Wind Project Gets $600 Million Loan

AP | Posted 04.28.2014 | Green

BOSTON (AP) — The board of a Danish export credit agency has approved a $600 million loan to the Cape Wind offshore energy project, the project's pr...

How the Right Uses Environmental Law to Kill American Jobs

Lewis Milford | Posted 03.26.2014 | Green
Lewis Milford

The next time someone on the right falsely decries environmentalists for killing American jobs through lawsuits, ask them to explain why their friends in Massachusetts are doing the same thing.

Major Offshore Wind Project Faces Funding Deadline

AP | By JAY LINDSAY | Posted 01.30.2014 | Green

BOSTON (AP) — As it seeks investors, a project off the Massachusetts coast that aims to be the nation's first offshore wind farm must reach fast-app...

Offshore Wind Farm Near Fukushima Goes Live

AP | ELAINE KURTENBACH | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

ONAHAMA PORT, Japan (AP) — Japan switched on the first turbine at a wind farm 20 kilometers (12 miles) off the coast of Fukushima on Monday, feeding...

Energy Innovation in the States: From Energy Storage to Offshore Wind

Lewis Milford | Posted 12.24.2013 | Green
Lewis Milford

There are those who say that the U.S. needs to focus more on innovation to create new clean energy technologies, rather than relying entirely on existing technologies like solar PV and land-based wind. They are right.

Offshore Wind and Japan: Will the U.S. Win or Lose This Technology Race?

Lewis Milford | Posted 12.21.2013 | Green
Lewis Milford

Other countries are taking offshore wind development far more seriously than the U.S. It's not too late, but the U.S. needs to up its game to see offshore wind as a scalable, commercial sector.

Offshore Wind in Europe: Lessons for the U.S.

Lewis Milford | Posted 11.30.2013 | Green
Lewis Milford

There are a lot of great things Europe has that the U.S. doesn't -- comfortable taxis, good table wine, Idris Elba -- and then there's offshore wind, lots and lots of offshore wind.

Kate Sheppard

Coal Power Giant Wins Lease For Offshore Wind Farm | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A giant of coal-fired power won a $1.6 million lease to build the first wind farm off the coast of Virginia on Wednesday, a development ...

Is Offshore Wind Coming To The U.S.?

AP | By MICHELLE R. SMITH | Posted 10.04.2013 | Green

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — It will be a few years before energy is generated by any offshore wind farm in the United States, but efforts to get more of...

New Jersey Offshore Wind: Dead or Alive?

Lewis Milford | Posted 09.22.2013 | Green
Lewis Milford

It seems the developer agreement with rate counsel would have the per kilowatt hour costs drop as low as about 18 cents, which is reasonably low for offshore wind. That is with all state and federal subsidies included. The costs will escalate over time. But that low number will surprise many for offshore wind.

A Cautionary Tale: Maine, Statoil and the Importance of State Policies to Advance Offshore Wind

Lewis Milford | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green
Lewis Milford

Unfortunately, LePage chose to base his veto message on a desire to undo a deal already in place with Statoil to develop an offshore wind-power pilot project and allow the process to be reopened so the University of Maine can put in a competing bid.

U.S. To Sell First-Ever Offshore Leases For Wind Farms

Reuters | Posted 08.04.2013 | Green

The U.S. Department of Interior said Tuesday its Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will hold the first ever competitive lease sale for renewa...

More About Wind

Peter Neill | Posted 07.13.2013 | Green
Peter Neill

In all the recent talk about alternative energy, solar and wind initiatives have been advantageous enough for government, venture capitalists, and ind...

Is This The Key To Offshore Wind?

Posted 05.01.2013 | Green

From EarthTechling's Pete Danko: Offshore wind power, attractive for so many reasons but right now rather expensive, could get another notch in its...

Celebrating a Huge Offshore Wind Victory in Maryland

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.20.2013 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

The winds of change brought some great progress to Maryland this week when the Maryland Offshore Wind Energy Act of 2013 passed through both houses of...

Better Choices, Better Results: Moving Maryland Towards Wind Power

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 05.19.2013 | Green
Gov. Martin O'Malley

Progress is a choice. Job creation is a choice. Investing in cleaner, greener technologies that allow us to strike a more sustainable balance with the other living systems of this earth, this too, is a choice.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Failure To Launch: Cape Wind's Long Drift | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 03.01.2013 | Green

In 2001, Jim Gordon, a well-heeled developer of natural gas plants in New England, took up a long-discussed but never-pursued idea that advocates said...