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EDITOR’S NOTE: On May 17, ACORE is hosting a State of Industry Webinar entitled “Is the U.S. Primed for an Offshore Wind Boom?” More information and registration details are available here: http://bit.ly/2oIB9Em

Proponents of renewable energy in the U.S. have watched as a growing number of once promising innovations—from solar and onshore wind farms to geothermal and distributed generation—have increasingly achieved commercial scale around the country. Yet the development of large-scale offshore wind projects has lagged that of its renewable counterparts in the U.S., as well as the development of offshore wind in Europe. The latter comparison was made all the more evident by last month’s successful bids by Danish company Dong Energy and German utility EnBW to construct separate offshore wind farms in Germany without the aid of federal subsidies, a significant benchmark in the ascension of the world’s offshore wind industry.

August 6 -- When the US Department of the Interior last week awarded a Providence-based firm the right to develop wind-power projects in 257 square miles of federal waters between Martha’s Vineyard and Block Island, the prospect of additional renewable energy wasn’t the only benefit for New England. The plans by Deepwater Wind, which won the US government’s first lease competition for wind energy development rights offshore, to plunge up to 200 turbines into the ocean beginning in 2017 should also establish southern New England as a hub for wind energy equipment and services. Offshore wind energy, in short, isn’t just an environmental boon; it promises to be an economic one as well. >>View Article

July 22 -- In recent days, heated outcries have been made in these pages and in other Maine media outlets criticizing the action taken by the Legislature in directing the Maine PUC to reopen the process of accepting power purchase agreement proposals for offshore wind. We write here as the founding members, with the late Matt Simmons, of the Ocean Energy Institute, which in 2007 initiated the drive to determine the technical and economic practicality of offshore wind for Maine. >>View Article

July 12 -- The recent news that Statoil North America has decided to put its plans for a floating offshore wind project in Maine on hold is disturbing at many levels. The message Maine has just sent to the business community here and abroad is that we do not honor our commitments and therefore people cannot count on Maine as a place in which to make long-term investments. >>View Article

July 1 -- In the recent column Offshore wind: The enormously expensive energy alternative (Communities June 7, 2013) writer Steve Goreham states that “Unfortunately, offshore wind is enormously expensive. >>View Article

June 28 -- It’s been 12 years since the first offshore U.S. wind farm was proposed for the Massachusetts Nantucket Sound, but so far, not a single turbine has been put up. The struggles to get the Cape Wind project built stand in stark contrast to the torrid growth of the U.S.’s onshore wind industry — and the success of offshore wind in Europe. >>View Article

June 19 -- The Cape Wind offshore wind project has secured a $200 million investment from a Danish pension fund in what the wind farm’s president said Tuesday is a milestone for the long-delayed project. In a statement announcing the commitment, PensionDanmark’s chief executive Torben Moger Pedersen noted the fund has already invested in two offshore wind projects in Denmark and said it was “delighted to participate in the Cape Wind project.” >>View Article

Wednesday, 19 June 2013 15:52

Cape Wind is an historic opportunity

June 19 -- The Alliance for Business Leadership is a Bay State based non-profit public affairs community for CEOs, Investors and Entrepreneurs committed to greater social and environmental responsibility. More than 150 founders, CEOs, and managing principals of Massachusetts companies – the vast majority of which work outside of the Bay State’s burgeoning clean tech industry but including many of the state’s fastest growing companies large and small – participate in our Alliance. And the Alliance for Business Leadership is an enthusiastic supporter of Cape Wind. >>View Article

June 10 -- For more than four centuries, Maine has led the way in conquering the sea, from building the great sailing vessels of the past to the most advanced ships in the world today. Our state is again leading the world by turning the powerful offshore winds in the Gulf of Maine into a new era of clean, renewable energy and economic opportunity and jobs. >>View Article

June 3 -- One reason that offshore wind has not caught on in the United States is the steep cost of erecting a tower in the water, but researchers at the University of Maine tried another approach on Friday by launching a floating wind machine. It is the first offshore wind installation in United States waters, according to the Energy Department, which helped pay for it. >>View Article

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