New Offshore Wind Facility Approved By New York

New Offshore Wind Facility Approved By New York

New York state selected Norwegian energy giant Equinor to build and supply clean energy from two offshore wind facilities in one of the largest renewable energy deals ever in the United States, according to Reuters.

Why This Matters:  Offshore wind projects are a highly anticipated source of clean, renewable energy — but have been hard to get off the ground so far.

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First US Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm Delayed Yet Again

First US Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm Delayed Yet Again

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Contributing Writer A plan to build the first utility-scale offshore wind project near Cape Cod— The Vineyard Wind project— has been delayed once again. The project has been delayed over a year as the federal government has requested increasingly rigorous permits.  A final permit for the Vineyard Wind project had been […]

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Ørsted Works to Bring More Union Labor to Offshore Wind

Ørsted Works to Bring More Union Labor to Offshore Wind

On Wednesday, Danish energy company Ørsted joined with North America’s Building Trades Unions (formerly known as the AFL-CIO’s Building and Construction Trades Department) to create a program that trains wind energy workers in hopes of deploying more offshore wind along the East Coast. In doing so, these groups have piloted a new way to create […]

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House Dems Introduce Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act

House Dems Introduce Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act

Yesterday at a virtual press conference, House Natural Resources Committee Chair Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.) unveiled his Ocean-Based Climate Solutions Act along with co-lead, House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Kathy Castor. In Grijalva’s own words, the bill aims to provide a roadmap for ocean and coastal climate resilience, and responsibly uses them […]

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Trump Extends Offshore Drilling Ban to NC and VA AND Offshore Wind

Trump Extends Offshore Drilling Ban to NC and VA AND Offshore Wind

After reading the fine print, it turns out President  Trump’s memo issued over the weekend extending his 10-year offshore oil and gas drilling ban from Florida all the way up the East Coast to Virginia, contains a poison pill — it also bans offshore wind development.

Why This Matters:  It is disappointing from both a climate change perspective, but also because the offshore wind farm leases were selling for hundreds of millions of dollars all of which would be paid to the government.

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First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm In Federal Waters Completed, Ready to Spin

First U.S. Offshore Wind Farm In Federal Waters Completed, Ready to Spin

On Monday, the state of Virginia and Dominion Energy announced the completion of the second offshore wind facility in the U.S. and the first one in federal waters.  Its two turbines sit 27 miles off the coast and when operational later this summer, will produce enough electricity to power 3000 homes.

Why This Matters:  If the waters off Virginia are suitable for wind farms, with their close proximity to ports, naval facilities, and tourism, then it is hard to imagine why wind power can’t be developed in many other areas along the U.S. coast.

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