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According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2019, about 17% of the electricity generated was from renewable sources (primarily wind, solar & hydropower), with 7% coming from wind (42% from renewable energy).

Converting wind into electricity is increasingly affordable, but it can sometimes be difficult to get the various governmental approvals necessary to string the power lines from the remote areas where the energy is produced to the more populated places where it’s consumed. Towns like Palm Springs receive all of their electricity from wind farms surrounding the town. But getting wind from Missouri to the East is more complicated.

While 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. The first five turbines,a 30 MW project developed by Deepwater Wind, a company now owned by Orsted, went live in 2016 providing 100% energy to Block Island with the excess going to Rhode Island’s mainland.

After four years of apparent inactivity, the incoming Biden administration moved swiftly to announce a goal of 30 GW by 2030. Already by May, 2021, BOEM approved Vineyard Wind, an 84-turbine 800 MW facility offshore Massachusetts, which will produce enough electricity by 2023 to power 400,000 homes. BOEM moved other reviews on the East Coast forward, and designated new areas to investigate on the East and West Coasts, not to mention the Gulf of Mexico. It appears as if BOEM’s review of the South Fork Wind Farm, a 15-turbine, 132 MW project southeast off Long Island, with a cable landing in East Hampton, will be complete in January, 2022.

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Supply Chain Contracting Forecast for U.S. Offshore Wind Power – The Updated and Expanded 2021 Edition

10/28/21
America's growing offshore wind power industry – now with a national target of generating 30 GW of clean, cost-effective power by 2030 – presents a $109 billion revenue opportunity to businesses in the offshore wind…

New York Bight Draft Proposed Sale Notice Summary for the New York Bight Intergovernmental Task Force Review

06/15/21
The purpose of this document is to outline the basic principles and major decision points BOEM is considering as it develops a Proposed Sale Notice (PSN) for the New York Bight. BOEM will convene the…

Offshore Wind for America

05/18/21
The United States currently relies heavily on fos-sil fuels to heat our homes, fuel our cars, power our machines and produce electricity, harming our health and our climate. Across the country, however, America is beginning…

South Fork

02/15/21
BOEM has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the South Fork Wind Farm and South Fork Export Cable Project. The following documents are available for your viewing.

2035 Report

10/01/20
Scientists say we must cut global carbon emissions in half by 2030 to avoid catastrophic climate impacts.

Doing what’s right for the Right whale

03/27/20
What good does it do to create a world running entirely on green energy if we harm the environment while doing it?

South Fork Wind Farm

03/05/20
The South Fork Wind Farm will produce enough clean, renewable energy every year to power 70,000 typical homes. It will help the Town of East Hampton meet its 100% renewable energy goal, and help New…

Sunrise Wind

03/05/20
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has selected Sunrise Wind to Authority (NYSERDA) has selected Sunrise Wind to negotiate an Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Crediit negotiate an Offshore Wind Renewable Energy…

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management: Atlantic OCS Region

03/05/20
Responsible development of the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) wind and wave energy resources is managed by the Office of Renewable Energy Programs. The Marine Mineral Program oversees the use of OCS non-energy sediment resources.…

Business Network for Offshore Wind

03/05/20
The offshore wind sector is expected to grow quickly over the next decade, boosted by a predicted $300 billion investment that will add an approximate 10GW to the nation’s current wind energy capacity.

New York State Offshore Wind

03/05/20
Offshore wind energy is poised to become a major source of affordable, renewable power for New York. As codified by the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, the State is supporting the development of 9,000…

OFF-SHORE WIND IN EUROPE

02/28/20
This report summarises construction and financing activity in European offshore wind farms from 1 January to 31 December 2018.

Equinor Offshore Wind Projects

01/06/20
On July 18, 2019, New York State governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Equinor had won the bid to develop the Empire Wind farm offshore New York.

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The World Wants Greenland’s Minerals, but Greenlanders Are Wary

By Jack Ewing  Photo: Carsten Snejbjerg   10/01/21  
This huge, remote and barely habited island is known for frozen landscapes, remote fjords and glaciers that heave giant sheets of ice into the sea. But increasingly Greenland is known for something else: rare minerals.…

U.S. Fishermen Are Making Their Last Stand Against Offshore Wind

By Alejandro de la Garza   09/30/21  
A few hundred yards south of the fishing boat docks at the Port of New Bedford in southeastern Massachusetts, workers will soon start offloading gigantic turbine components onto a wide expanse of gravel. Local trawlers…
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New York City Is Betting Big on Offshore Wind Turbines

09/29/21  
New York City is making a big investment in renewable energy that will literally change the city’s landscape. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans for a $191 million investment in offshore wind turbines…

There’s enough wind to power the globe. But exactly how much do we need to catch to rein in carbon?

By Sarah DeWeerdt   09/28/21  
Aggressive development of wind energy infrastructure now could reduce global warming by 0.3-0.8 °C at the end of the century, according to a new study. The findings indicate that wind-derived electricity cannot keep warming below…

Mayor de Blasio Announces Offshore Wind Vision for New York City

09/23/21  
Mayor de Blasio and New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) today announced a 15-year, $191 million Offshore Wind Vision (OSW) plan to make New York City a leading destination for the offshore wind industry.…

In Midst of the Pandemic, U.S. Wind Power Industry Scores Record-Breaking Year

By Tina Casey   09/01/21  
Between supply chain disruptions and labor shortages, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc with various sectors in the construction industry. However, the increasing demand for wind power in the U.S. has outweighed other factors. Last…

Record 2020 Wind Installations Represented 42% of New Power

By Ari Nattar  Photo : Bing Guan , Bloomberg   08/30/21  
The U.S. installed a record amount of wind-generating capacity last year, adding nearly 17,000 megawatts of power on land, according to an Energy Department report being released Monday.
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Kiewit Will Build the First Offshore Wind Substation in the US

By Johanna Knapschaefer and Debra K. Rubin   08/28/21  
A Kiewit Corp. unit will design and build the first U.S.-made offshore wind substation—a 1,500-ton, 60-ft-tall structure to be deployed for the 132-MW, 12-turbine South Fork wind farm that is set for construction off New…

These electric submarines map the seafloor to make way for wind power

By Lora Kolodny   08/19/21  
In March, the departments of Energy, Interior and Commerce said they were aiming for U.S. offshore wind capacity to hit 30 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, a hugely optimistic goal that would require thousands of new wind turbines…

BOEM Completes Environmental Review of South Fork Wind Project

By OE Staff   08/17/21  
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has completed its environmental review of the proposed South Fork Wind project offshore New York and Rhode Island. South Fork Wind - proposed by Orsted and Evercore…

How a federal agency is blocking America’s largest wind farm

By Sammy Roth  Photo: Anschutz Corp.   08/05/21  
Way back in 2019, I asked an energy company owned by one of America’s richest individuals to alert me when they were down to one final landowner standing in the way of their plan to…

US Wind Announces Major Offshore Wind Progress

By uswind_admin   08/03/21  
Today, US Wind, Inc. (“US Wind”), Maryland’s leader in offshore wind development, announced major steps forward in the development of offshore wind energy for Maryland, including major labor agreements to support US Wind’s first major…

Developer of Ocean City wind farm plans Sparrows Point steel fabrication hub to serve expansion, larger industry

By Lorraine Mirabella  Photo: Karl Merton Ferron , The Baltimore Sun   08/03/21  
A wind farm developer plans to bring steel production back to Sparrows Point, establishing a manufacturing hub to serve the growing wind energy industry that would start with a proposed expansion of offshore turbines in…

Interior Department to review proposal for first wind power project off North Carolina coast

By Zack Budryk   07/29/21  
The Interior Department is set to conduct an environmental review of a proposed wind energy project that, if approved, would be the first off the coast of North Carolina, the department announced Thursday.
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They’re not blown away by NJ’s offshore wind power plans

By Wayne Parry  Photo: Wayne Parry , AP   07/17/21  
 New Jersey is moving aggressively to become the leader in the fast-growing offshore wind energy industry on the East Coast, but not everyone is blown away by those ambitious plans.

Vineyard Wind strikes labor union pact for U.S. offshore wind farm

By Nichola Groom  Photo: Chris Radburn , Reuters   07/17/21  
 Vineyard Wind on Friday announced a deal to use union labor to help construct what will become the nation's first major offshore wind project off the Massachusetts coast near Martha's Vineyard.

Developers enter largest green hydrogen PPA in US with 345 MW of wind to power facility

By Emma Penrod  Photo: Spencer Platt , Getty Images   07/15/21  
Hydrogen technology company Plug Power has entered into a 345 MW wind power purchase agreement (PPA) with Apex Clean Energy. The energy from the wind farm, which Apex believes will be the first and largest…

Carbon-Cutting Floating Wind Generators Power Microgrids for Oil and Gas Rigs

By Lisa Cohn   07/13/21  
Offshore wind and microgrids are terms rarely used in one sentence. But a Norway company means to change that with a technology that uses offshore wind to power microgrids serving oil and gas rigs.

Newsletter: What the clean energy future looks like from a 262-foot wind turbine

By Sammy Roth  Photo: Brian van der Brug   06/24/21  
Hundreds of feet above the ground, suspended by ropes and battered by powerful winds, Matthew Kelly is living his best life. Kelly is a wind turbine technician, and my colleague Brian van der Brug recently…

Newsletter: What the clean energy future looks like from a 262-foot wind turbine

By Sammy Roth  Photo: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times   06/24/21  
Hundreds of feet above the ground, suspended by ropes and battered by powerful winds, Matthew Kelly is living his best life. Kelly is a wind turbine technician, and my colleague Brian van der Brug recently…

The Future Of Wind Power Depends On Deployment

By Felicia Jackson  Photo: Christopher Furlong , Getty Images   06/15/21  
Fossil fuel’s share in the energy mix is as high today as ten years ago, despite the falling costs of renewables. With less than a decade to embed low carbon transition in the energy markets,…

Biden’s offshore wind bonanza is coming to New York and New Jersey

By Emily Pontecorvo  Photo: Sean Gallup / Getty Images   06/14/21  
Until recently, it looked like the best chance of climate action from the Biden administration was going to be an infrastructure bill making its way through Congress. Now, the possibility of getting strong climate provisions…

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…

The circular economy meets decommissioned wind turbine blades

By Sarah Golden   06/11/21  
As the world ramps up renewable energy deployments, an uncomfortable truth is arising: The materials, manufacturing processes and disposal methods for clean technologies are creating their own issues. Case in point: wind turbine blades.
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Interior Dept. gauging interest in Gulf of Mexico wind power

By Janet Mcconnaughey  Photo: AP Photo/Michael Dwyer   06/09/21  
President Joe Biden’s administration wants to know whether offshore wind companies want to move into the Gulf of Mexico. The agency that oversees offshore leases will publish a request for interest Friday in the Federal…

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

By Ivan Penn  Photo: Eze Amos   06/07/21  
The U.S. has fallen way behind Europe partly because of an old shipping law and opposition from homeowners and fishing groups.

1,000-foot multi-rotor floating Windcatchers to power 80,000 homes each

By Loz Blain   06/07/21  
Norway's Wind Catching Systems (WCS) has made a spectacular debut with a colossal floating wind turbine array it says can generate five times the annual energy of the world's biggest single turbines – while reducing…

Biden bolsters push for offshore wind

By Rachel Frazin   06/03/21  
The Biden administration is leaning into offshore wind as part of its push to transition the U.S. to clean energy, even as the federal government is already on its way to meeting a new target for…

America’s second offshore wind farm completes construction

By Anmar Frangoul  Photo: L. Toshio Kishiyama , Getty Images   06/03/21  
Construction work on the second offshore wind farm in the U.S. has been completed, with its two turbines installed and plans for a much larger project continuing to take shape.

Newsom Eyes Floating Wind Farms Off California Coast

By Eduardo Garcia  Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images   06/03/21  
California Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to expedite the construction of commercial wind energy farms along the Pacific Coast that will rely on cutting-edge floating wind turbines to produce green energy. Newsom wants to focus on…

Climate versus jobs? Not in this heartland state.

By Stephanie Hanes  Photo: Alfredo Sosa   06/03/21  
For five generations, Andrew Bowman’s family has worked the land in Oneida, population 700-ish – a flat and fertile swath of Illinois his father always said was good for growing crops and kids. Today, he…

Headwinds: Offshore wind will take time to carry factory jobs to U.S.

By Isla Binnie, Nichola Groom and Susanna Twidale  Photo: Stephane Mahe/File Photo   05/27/21  
When U.S. President Joe Biden's administration approved the country’s first major offshore wind farm this month, it billed the move as the start of a new clean energy industry that by the end of the…

Biden administration unveils offshore wind plan for California

By Anna M. Phillips, Rosanna Xia, and Sammy Roth  Photo: Gina Ferazzi   05/25/21  
Under the plan, the administration would allow wind power projects to be built in federal waters off the coast of Central California northwest of Morro Bay, as well as at a second location west of…

Biden looks to California for next phase of offshore wind

By Joshua Partlow  Photo: Michael Dwyer   05/25/21  
Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) and Biden administration officials announce two new areas for wind farms off California

Commercial fishermen say they are being ignored on wind power projects

By Joe Wojtas  Photo: Scott Ritter/The Day   05/22/21  
Stonington — For the past three decades, Town Dock fishermen and their counterparts across the Northeast have struggled to stay afloat in the face of strict regulations designed to rebuild depleted stocks of cod, flounder and other species.

Evaluating Sustainability of Wind Energy: Fact-Based Insights Through LCA

By Jasmin Hengstler   05/18/21  
Decarbonization of the power sector plays a key role in achieving climate neutrality and net-zero targets in line with the 1.5⁰C goal of the Paris Agreement. Therefore, the rapid transformation from fossil to renewable energy…

Vestas develops ‘gamechanger’ wind blade recycling method

By Craig Richard   05/18/21  
A team of Danish technology companies and universities aims to present a way to commercialise their solution within three years

Offshore wind can meet 90% of US energy demand by 2050 says study

Photo: Stock   05/12/21  
A new report released by the Environment America Research and Policy Center states that using offshore wind energy, the US has the potential to meet 90% of its total energy demand by 2050. Released in…

U.S. approves major offshore wind farm, launching industry to fight climate change

By Nichola Groom  Photo: Matthew Childs   05/12/21  
The Biden administration on Tuesday said it has approved the nation's first major offshore wind farm, billing it as the launch of a new domestic energy industry that will help eliminate emissions from the power…

Oil Companies and Community Activists Join Together to Create an Offshore Wind Project—and Jobs

By Nicholas Kusnetz  Photo Credit: Nicholas Kusnetz   05/09/21  
When Aroldo Garcia learned that the operations base for a major offshore wind project was coming to his Brooklyn neighborhood, he thought about the jobs it could provide for his family members and friends who…

Biden wants to move energy offshore, but choppy seas are ahead

By Joshua Partlow  Photo: Hannah Yoon   05/08/21  
To fight climate change, the administration supports a huge expansion in offshore wind farms by 2030

Granholm backs wind and solar in Biden bid to decarbonize electricity

By Rachel Frazin  Photo: Getty Images   05/06/21  
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm backed wind and solar energy as likely to give the biggest “bang for your buck” as part of the Biden administration’s bid to decarbonize the electric sector during a House hearing…

Recap: Advancing Wind & Protecting Wildlife Webinar

05/05/21  
On April 21, together with Citizens Campaign for the Environment, we held an event on Advancing Wind and Protecting Wildlife. The event focused on how offshore wind energy projects can be built without causing any…

The US needs to upgrade its transmission system to fully realise its offshore wind potential

By Liz Burdock   04/29/21  
The year 2021 will be remembered as a pivotal year for the US offshore wind industry. For a decade, the industry has made slow but steady progress via increasing state procurement commitments, record-breaking lease auction…

Orsted, Eversource pledge $5 million to Stony Brook University for wind-farm research

By Mark Harrington   04/27/21  
The developers of two offshore wind-farm projects slated to provide power to Long Island have pledged $5 million in research funding for a Stony Brook University energy center. Orsted, the Danish energy giant, and its…

Predictions for Wind Energy Costs Drop Significantly

04/19/21  
Technology and commercial advancements are expected to continue to drive down the cost of wind energy, according to a survey led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) of the world’s foremost wind power experts.…

Northeast governors need Biden to deliver on offshore wind

By Benjamin Storrow and Danielle Muoio   03/31/21  
Northeast governors built their climate agendas on the promise of offshore wind. The only problem: They’ll need help from Washington to realize their goals. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo boasts of making the Empire State…

RODA says it’s being ignored

By Rich Saltzberg   03/30/21  
With America’s first industrial-scale offshore wind farm poised to receive final approval from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), fishermen continue to have reservations about potential impacts.

Biden administration launches major push to expand offshore wind power

By Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis  Photo: Michael Dwyer/AP   03/30/21  
The White House on Monday detailed an ambitious plan to expand wind farms along the East Coast and jump-start the country’s nascent offshore wind industry, saying it hoped to trigger a massive clean-energy effort in…

Biden Envisions Thousands of Wind Turbines Spinning at Sea

By Jennifer A Dlouhy and Josh Saul   03/29/21  
The Biden administration is outlining ambitions to dramatically boost offshore wind power in the U.S. by 2030, pushing to drive construction of projects at sea capable of generating enough electricity for more than 10 million…