Printed on October 17th, 2020 |
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October 17th, 2020 by Guest Contributor
Whereas different information is capturing loads of the general public’s consideration as of late, there are some headline-worthy happenings on this planet of offshore wind, together with the primary generators in US federal waters. For those who might use a splash of excellent information (and non-other-stuff information) at a time like this, listed here are a couple of updates.
New generators off our coasts
New turbines in these parts are undoubtedly front-page-news-worthy, given how early-stage we’re in really deploying offshore wind generators within the US. The pilot mission 27 miles off Virginia’s coast is just two generators, but it surely provides 40% to our nation’s turbine rely (up from 5, off Rhode Island), and 40% to our put in offshore wind capability (up from 30 megawatts to 42). They’re additionally the first generators put in in federal waters (Rhode Island’s are inside the state’s personal waters). And people new 12 megawatts (MW) are undoubtedly harbingers, on condition that Virginia is aiming to up the state’s offshore wind capability to 2,600 MW by 2026.
States driving offshore wind
Insurance policies within the main states have been a serious driver of offshore wind within the US, and noteworthy stuff retains coming. New Jersey, which final yr chosen a 1,100 MW offshore wind mission as its first foray into the house, introduced that it’s requesting bids for its subsequent spherical of offshore wind initiatives, potentially another 2,400 MW. Massachusetts is contemplating adding another 2,000 megawatts or more to its present 3,200 MW state requirement. And Maine just lately obtained a $2.2 million grant from the US Division of Commerce to work on floating offshore wind.
Offshore wind for multiple coast
Offshore wind on this nation is about greater than the East Coast, and so is the latest offshore wind information. Within the Nice Lakes, a six-turbine mission proposed for the Lake Erie waters off Cleveland moved a step nearer to allowing when the state’s Energy Siting Board struck what many referred to as a “poison tablet” provision on when the turbines could operate. And the West Coast is continuous to pave the best way for offshore wind, with new efforts to measure wind speeds in two key locations in California, and extra fascinated with transmission for taking advantage of its abundant offshore wind energy potential.
New offshore wind funding
Norwegian firm Equinor’s US offshore wind actions are getting a lift within the type of BP, which is investing $1.1 billion in Equinor’s proposed US offshore wind farms off Massachusetts and New York. (We’ll have our eyes on BP to verify they’re critical about this house.)
Offshore wind generators getting extra highly effective
In the meantime, the know-how on the middle of all of it — already mighty spectacular — is getting nonetheless extra spectacular: The world’s largest offshore wind mission is getting the world’s largest offshore wind generators. GE’s renewable power division introduced final month that it’s upgrading its already-largest-in-the world 12-megawatt turbine to 13 megawatts (with out rising the dimensions of the blades, that are a formidable 107 meters) — to be used within the forthcoming 3,600-megawatt Dogger Financial institution mission off the UK.
If all that weren’t sufficient, there’s some near-term stuff to maintain a watch out for. Whereas other November events are additionally on my thoughts, next month will deliver the ultimate environmental impression assertion (EIS) on what is perhaps the first major US offshore wind project. If all goes nicely/appears good, the ultimate EIS will probably be adopted by a positive resolution on the mission’s required federal allow in mid December.
Featured picture: Offshore wind farm, by Zach Shahan, CleanTechnica
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