Biden Admin Supercharges CA’s Offshore Wind Hopes

Biden Admin Supercharges CA’s Offshore Wind Hopes

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Despite having 840 miles of coastline, engineering challenges, regulatory hurdles, and concerns about turbines’ impact on wildlife have prevented offshore wind from flourishing in California’s waters.  But now less than a month after approving the nation’s first offshore wind project in Massachusetts, the White House announced it has identified an […]

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Biden Administration Approves Largest Offshore Wind Project to Date

Biden Administration Approves Largest Offshore Wind Project to Date

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Just three months after entering office, the Biden administration is kicking off its wind power infrastructure vision with the approval of the nation’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm. With the government’s support, the Vineyard Wind project will begin construction this summer, just 12 nautical miles off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Proponents of […]

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Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Make Waves Ahead of Climate Summit

Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Make Waves Ahead of Climate Summit

On Tuesday, Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry and Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, participated in a virtual event to demonstrate the advantages of “blue” climate initiatives.  Leaders from around the globe attended the event — the UK’s Environment Minister, Chile’s Foreign Minister, and the Prime Minister of Fiji.  

Why this Matters:  Ocean-based climate strategies tend to take a back seat to emissions cuts in the transportation and fossil fuel sectors. 

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Ocean Activists Planning to “Flood” the Nation’s Capital Next Week

Ocean Activists Planning to “Flood” the Nation’s Capital Next Week

Hundreds of citizens will fan out across the nation’s capital next week to meet with lawmakers in what’s projected to be the largest ocean lobby effort in US history.  On Tuesday and Wednesday, they will meet with Biden administration officials, federal agencies, and members of Congress for a nonpartisan Ocean Climate Action Hill Day.

Why It Matters:  As the Biden administration and the Congress begin to debate what’s infrastructure and therefore within the American Jobs Plan, the blue economy needs to be front and center in it.

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In Scotland’s Stormiest Waters, Offshore Wind Is Thriving

In Scotland’s Stormiest Waters, Offshore Wind Is Thriving

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The world’s first floating wind farm off the coast of Scotland is breaking records for energy output. Three years after installing the offshore turbines in the rough North Sea waters 15 miles off the coast of Aberdeen, it’s the UK’s best-performing wind farm with the highest average “capacity factor” […]

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Biden’s Cabinet Talks Big Plans for Offshore Wind Power

Biden’s Cabinet Talks Big Plans for Offshore Wind Power

by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer Yesterday, National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg met with state officials, industry executives, and labor leaders to announce a set of actions to significantly expand offshore wind. The new leasing, funding, and goals will […]

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