Offshore Wind Needs Local Support
New Report Argues U.S. Coastal States Must Cooperate, As Well As Compete, For a Global Offshore Wind Industry to Benefit All Americans
June 14, 2019 (Business Network for Offshore Wind)
“…[U.S. states on both coasts must] cooperate on several, important fronts to develop a winning [offshore wind] industry for the country…[Most important are] problems associated with grids and transmission lines needed to deliver ocean power to homes. Other challenges include uncertainty within the supply chain for the U.S. offshore wind industry, cost controls for ratepayers, and the limitation of certain U.S. resources, such as ports [according to a new report from an industry advocacy group. The] U.S. is on track to create an offshore wind energy marketplace exceeding 10 gigawatts by 2030...
…[The report argues states must] cooperate to minimize public costs, share resources and globalize what the U.S. has to offer…[and] lays out a plan…During the next two decades, East Coast states and California will have over two-dozen offshore wind farms under development in various stages. Despite these ambitious plans, Europe has been way ahead of the U.S. for a much longer time. Today the U.S. has only one functioning offshore wind turbine, compared to Europe’s 4,543 grid-connected offshore wind turbines across 11 countries…” click here for more