OFFSHORE WIND

OFFSHORE WIND

Today, onshore wind power is the most productive renewable energy source in America, generating nearly half of its renewable energy. In 2022, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA),renewable energy sources accounted for about 20.1% of all electricity generated (primarily from wind, solar & hydropower) --of which 9.2.% was from wind, up from 8.4% in 2019 . The growth of wind power has been astonishing – especially when you consider that wind energy only made up 0.2% of U.S. electricity generating capacity in 1990. The U.S. is now investing more in a clean energy transition than any other country in the world except China --which has got us seriously beat.

Offshore wind is well developed in other parts of the world but just getting started in the U.S.  Our explosion is about to occur.

The first five turbines, a 30 MW project developed by Deepwater Wind (now owned by Orsted) went live in 2016 providing 100% energy to Block Island with the excess going to Rhode Island’s mainland.  Two years later, in 2018, Amory B. Lovins, co-founder and chief scientist at the Rocky Mountain Institute, a Colorado-based nonprofit organization that advises on renewable energy, said, “We could run the whole East Coast on offshore wind.”  His words were prescient although we did endure four years of apparent federal inactivity from 2017-2020.

This changed after Biden’s election in 2021 with the administration moving swiftly to announce a goal of 30 GW from offshore wind by 2030.

  • In May, 2021, BOEM had approved Vineyard Wind, calling for 84-turbines to be installed in the Atlantic Ocean about 12 nautical miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. Together, they have the ability to generate about 800 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 400,000 homes.
  • Also in May, BOEM gave its blessing to two areas off the California coast.
  • By October, 2021,  Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said that her agency will begin to identify, demarcate and hope to eventually lease federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of Maine and off the coasts of the Mid-Atlantic States, North Carolina and South Carolina, California and Oregon, to wind power developers by 2025.
  • By January, 2022, BOEM’s review of the South Fork Wind Farm, a 15-turbine, 132 MW project southeast off Long Island, with a cable landing in Wainscott, a hamlet within the Town of East Hampton, was complete and approved. Despite a significant amount of litigation, construction is proceeding and Orsid operations are scheduled to begin at the end of 2023 powering 70,000 New York homes.
  • In February, 2022, the U.S. netted a record $4.37 billion from the sale of six additional offshore wind leases off the coasts of New York and New Jersey. When these turbines are built and operational, the auctioned acres are expected to generate up to 7,000 megawatts, enough to power nearly 2 million homes. The Interior Department has said between that project and others currently under review, it hopes to see some 2,000 turbines churning from Massachusetts to North Carolina by the end of this decade.
  • On October 18-19, 2022, the Offshore Wind Power Conference & Exhibition takes place at the convention center in Providence Rhode Island. And, the day before, you can take a boat tour to see America’s first five offshore wind turbines at Block Island.
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Reducing or Avoiding Impacts of Offshore Wind Energy on Fisheries

06/28/22
BOEM, in consultation with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and affected coastal states, will be holding meetings to discuss draft guidance for ways to mitigate impacts from offshore wind projects on commercial and recreational fisheries…

Deepwater Wind South Fork, LLC

05/16/22
Application of Deepwater Wind South Fork, LLC for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility and Public Need for the Construction of Approximately 3.5 Miles of Submarine Export Cable from the New York State Territorial Waters Boundary…

Our offshore wind projects in the U.S.

05/13/22
We own and operate the Block Island Wind Farm, America’s first offshore wind farm, and are the leading developer in the U.S. with ~5,000MW of awarded capacity through seven projects on the East Coast. Our…

About South Fork Wind

05/13/22
South Fork Wind brings unparalleled experience to Long Island. The 132 MW offshore wind farm will address East Hampton's energy needs, producing enough clean energy to power 70,000 homes. When complete, the 12 turbines will…

Offshore wind power facts

05/13/22
Offshore wind is America’s next major energy source, representing a generational opportunity to create jobs and bolster the economy. It is an abundant clean energy solution for large population centers looking to source more of…

Offshore Wind in New York

05/10/22
Long Island is poised to play a central role in the development of offshore wind (OSW) in New York State. Governor Cuomo has set an ambitious goal of 9,000 megawatts from OSW in New York…

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The Race to Build Wind Farms That Float on the Open Sea

By Chris Baraniuk   07/01/22  
THE MAKERS OF wind turbines have, for many decades now, labored to harness one of the mightiest forces in nature. They’ve moved from onshore to offshore sites, building ever larger rotors with huge blades, each…

Offshore wind offers boost to poor town

By Jon Hurdle  Photo: Edwin J. Torres   06/24/22  
Herbert Thornton has been delivering tires for a living for the last five years but says he’s now ready for a change, and plans to retrain as a welder at a new factory in Paulsboro…

Biden teams with East Coast governors to boost offshore wind

By Matthew Daly  Photo: AP Photo/Rodrique Ngowi   06/23/22  
The White House on Thursday launched a formal partnership with 11 East Coast governors to boost the growing offshore wind industry, a key element of President Joe Biden’s plan for climate change.

STATEMENT: Remarks by President Biden Before Meeting on the Federal-State Offshore Wind Implementation Partnership

06/23/22  
The President: I Want To Say To The Press: We Have An Impressive Group Of Governors, Labor Leaders, And Business Leaders In The Room Here, But I’m Not Going To Take The Time To Introduce…

Biden Partners With East Coast Governors To Accelerate Offshore Wind—Here’s How It Fits Into His Climate Plan

By Brian Bushard  Photo: Christopher Furlong , Getty Images   06/23/22  
The partnership announced Thursday between the White House and state governors from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and North Carolina, intends to boost offshore wind energy…

‘Nothing short of staggering’: Global offshore wind power pipeline ‘doubles in a year’

By Tom Gocklen - Kozlowsky  Photo: Ole Jorgen Bratland   06/21/22  
RenewableUK analysis puts China just ahead of UK in terms of the amount of offshore wind capacity currently in development

U.S. proposes offshore wind sale off California coast

By Nichola Groom  Photo: Robert Galbraith , Reuters   05/27/22  
The Biden administration on Thursday proposed auctioning five areas off the coast of California for offshore wind development, a critical milestone in expanding the nascent U.S. industry to Pacific waters.

Mass. advances two major offshore wind projects

By Miranda Wilson  Photo: Christopher Furlong , Getty Images   05/26/22  
Electric utilities filed long-term plans with the state Department of Public Utilities to procure power from the two projects, which collectively represent the state’s largest offshore wind venture, officials said yesterday. The facilities — Commonwealth…

Secretary Haaland Provides Updates on Offshore Leasing Program During Senate Testimony

05/19/22  
“The previous Administration stopped work on the new five-year plan in 2018, so there has been a lot to do to catch up. Varying, conflicting litigation has also been a factor. As we take this…

Offshore move highlights Biden’s mixed message on oil

By Heather Richards and Others  Photo: Drew Angerer , Getty Images   05/12/22  
The apparent mixed signals underscore the fine line the climate-focused President Joe Biden has tried to walk on his management of the federal oil program — the one arena where a president holds influence over…

Ørsted Signs Pact Pledging To Use Union Labor Force In Constructing Offshore Wind Farms

By Michael Wright   05/11/22  
Wind farm developer Ørsted announced last week that it has reached an agreement with the North American Building Trades Unions, NABTU, to use an all-American union workforce in the construction... more

Weather radar is key to bird-friendly wind energy

By Sarah DeWeerdt   05/10/22  
“This is much farther than has been considered before when making recommendations about siting wind turbines to avoid such bird concentrations,” says study team member Jeff Buler, a wildlife ecologist at the University of Delaware…

California unveils ambitious set of offshore wind targets

By Sharon Udasin   05/09/22  
Approximately 3 gigawatts of offshore wind should be powering the state’s grid by 2030 — enough to power about 3 million average homes in the state, the California Energy Commission determined.

Orsted will use NJ Wind Port to build offshore wind farm

By Wayne Parry  Photo: Wayne Parry   04/28/22  
Orsted, the Danish wind power developer, signed an agreement Thursday with New Jersey officials to use a state-financed manufacturing port to build the components of the state's first offshore wind farm. Gov. Phil Murphy announced…

Interior to kick off comment period on new offshore wind leasing areas in mid-Atlantic, Pacific

By Lulia Gheorghiu  Photo: Matt Cardy , Getty Images   04/28/22  
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is evaluating the potential for new offshore wind leasing areas on the Central Atlantic and Pacific coasts, agency director Amanda Lefton said at the International Offshore Wind Partnering Forum…

Offshore wind development plans advance on Pacific and Atlantic coasts

By John Engel   04/27/22  
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said it plans to issue two Calls for Information and Nominations on April 29, a move seen as crucial in developing projects in the federal waters.

This Historic Community Is Pushing the Nation Toward a Wind Power Revolution

By Elizabeth Royte  Photo: Neil Ever Osborne   04/22/22  
Block Island, 15 miles off the coast at its farthest point, has always been at the mercy of the four winds. Raging winter gusts have been known to rip porches off houses and knock stones…
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The Road to 30 Gigawatts: Key Actions To Scale an Offshore Wind Industry in the United States

By Teresa R. Christopher & Others  Photo: David L. Ryan , Getty Images   03/14/22  
In April 2021, the United States set an ambitious climate target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, a 100 percent carbon pollution-free power sector by 2035, and a 50 percent reduction in greenhouse gas…

Sale of Leases for Wind Farms Off New York Raises More Than $4 Billion

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times   02/25/22  
The United States government netted a record $4.37 billion on Friday from the sale of six offshore wind leases off the coasts of New York and New Jersey, a major step in the Biden administration’s…

Auction for the right to build wind farms off New York and New Jersey raises a record $4.37 billion

By Emma Newburger  Photo: Davee hughes | Getty Images   02/25/22  
The federal government on Friday announced a record $4.37 billion sale of six offshore wind leases off the coasts of New York and New Jersey, moving forward the Biden administration’s goal to transition from fossil…

Governor Hochul Announces Start of Construction of New York’s First Offshore Wind Project

02/11/22  
Governor Kathy Hochul today, alongside United States Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and other elected officials, celebrated the start of construction of South Fork Wind, New York's first offshore wind project, jointly developed by…
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Offshore wind takes off at last. States have been counting on it

By Alex Brown  Photo: Sean D. Elliot   02/07/22  
The United States currently produces almost no electricity from wind farms in ocean waters. That’s about to change—fast. State leaders have spent years laying the groundwork: requiring their utilities to purchase set amounts of offshore…

South Fork Wind Receives Final Approval from the U.S. Department of Interior to Start Construction on New York’s First Offshore Wind Farm

01/19/22  
South Fork Wind, New York’s first offshore wind farm, has received approval of the project’s Construction and Operations Plan (COP) from the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), which is…

South Fork Wind wins federal OK, launching union jobs at ProvPort

By Mary Serreze  Photo: Mary Serreze   11/26/21  
The Ørsted/Eversource project will power New York homes, but the turbine foundations are being fabricated in Rhode Island.

Biden administration approves first offshore wind farm to supply power to New York

By Dino Grandoni  Photo: Eric Thayer/Bloomberg   11/24/21  
President Biden’s administration greenlit a major offshore wind project to supply power to New York, arriving as part of a broader push to build out renewable energy and tackle climate change.

Biden Administration Approves Nation’s First Major Offshore Wind Farm

By Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman  Photo: Chang W.Lee , The New York Times   10/13/21  
Construction on the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm is expected to begin this summer, after the Biden administration gave final approval Tuesday to a project it hopes will herald a new era of wind…

Biden Opens California’s Coast to Wind Farms

By Coral Davenport  Photo: Kayana Szymczak , The New York Times   10/13/21  
The notion of wind farms churning in the Pacific Ocean, creating clean energy to power homes and businesses, has long been dismissed because of logistical challenges posed by a deep ocean floor and opposition from…

Biden Administration Plans Wind Farms Along Nearly the Entire U.S. Coastline

By Coral Davenport  Photo: Kayana Szymczak   10/13/21  
The Biden administration announced on Wednesday a plan to develop large-scale wind farms along nearly the entire coastline of the United States, the first long-term strategy from the government to produce electricity from offshore turbines.

Five months into the Biden Administration: A whirlwind of federal action on offshore wind

By Georgena Terry   06/21/21  
In late March, President Joe Biden announced an offshore wind goal of 30 GW by 2030 in a manner that protects environmental assets and creates employment. Through a coordinated multi-agency approach, Biden plans to fast…

For Lease: Windmill Space in the Atlantic Between Long Island and New Jersey

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Pat O'Malley , The New York Times   06/11/21  
The Biden administration on Friday announced that it would begin the formal process of selling leases to develop offshore wind farms in shallow waters between Long Island and New Jersey as part of its push…

Offshore Wind Farms Show What Biden’s Climate Plan Is Up Against

By Ivan Penn  Photo: Eze Amos   06/07/21  
A constellation of 5,400 offshore wind turbines meet a growing portion of Europe’s energy needs. The United States has exactly seven. The U.S. has fallen way behind Europe partly because of an old shipping law…

A renewable energy ‘breakthrough’

By Coral Davenport  Photo: Kayana Szymczak , The New York Times   05/26/21  
The offshore wind industry has boomed in parts of the world, particularly near the coasts of Norway and the United Kingdom, but not off the West Coast of the United States. This week, the Biden…

A breakthrough for U.S. wind power

By Lisa Friedman  Photo: Chang W. Lee , The New York Times   05/25/21  
The Biden administration has promised to build up the offshore wind industry, and this week it began to make good on that pledge by granting final approval to the nation’s first large-scale offshore wind farm,…

Biden Administration Announces a Major Offshore Wind Plan

By Lisa Friedman and Brad Plumer  Photo: Phil Noble , Reuters   05/25/21  
The Biden administration on Monday announced a plan to vastly expand the use of offshore wind power along the East Coast, aiming to tap a potentially huge new source of renewable energy that has so…

Interior Department approves first large-scale offshore wind farm in the U.S.

By Joshua Partlow  Photo: Michael Dwyer/AP   05/11/21  
The Biden administration on Tuesday approved the first large-scale offshore wind farm in the United States, a project that envisions building 62 turbines off Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts and creating enough electricity to power 400,000…

New York Awards Offshore Wind Contracts in Bid to Reduce Emissions

By Ivan Penn  Photo: Chang W. Lee/The New York Times   07/18/19  
New York State, which last month passed an ambitious law to reduce the emissions that cause climate change, said Thursday that it had reached an agreement for two large offshore wind projects.

The Hamptons Love Green Energy. But That Wind Farm?

By Debra West  Photo: Johnny Milano for The New York Times   06/20/19  
This affluent enclave on the East End of Long Island is steeped in eco-conscious pride, with strict water quality and land preservation rules and an abundance of electric cars on the roads.

Massachusetts Gains Foothold in Offshore Wind Power, Long Ignored in U.S.

By Stanley Reed and Ivan Penn  Photo: Tony Luong for The New York Times   05/23/18  
The wind farms have increasingly become mainstream sources of power in Northern Europe, but the United States has largely not pursued the technology.

Offshore Wind Farm Leases Draw Few Bids From Wary Industry

By Diane Cardwell  Photo: Andrew Yates , Reuters   01/29/15  
Not too long ago, in 2013, the Obama administration began auctioning off leases for offshore wind farms up and down the Eastern Seaboard, hoping to spur a nascent industry.