Ohio’s Regulators Deal a Likely Fatal Blow to Lake Erie Wind Project

Ohio’s Regulators Deal a Likely Fatal Blow to Lake Erie Wind Project

As Electrek reported, last week Ohio unanimously approved the Icebreaker wind farm, North America’s first offshore freshwater project planned for Lake Erie near Cleveland. However, there’s a rather large hitch that could put an end to the entire project. At the very last minute, the Ohio Power Siting Board ruled on Thursday that the project could […]

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California Offshore Wind One Step Closer To Reality

California Offshore Wind One Step Closer To Reality

The U.S. Navy last week for the first time signaled its willingness to permit offshore wind facilities off the coast of Central California after Congressman U.S. Representative Salud Carbajal, whose coastal district would stand to benefit from nearby offshore wind development, spent months encouraging local, state and federal officials, including DOD, to identify solutions. 

Why This Matters:  The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) had said earlier this year that it could hold an auction for offshore wind lease areas in California this year given the need for vast amounts of renewable power to meet the state’s climate goals.

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Wind is Growing — Had Its Third Strongest Year Ever in 2019

Wind is Growing — Had Its Third Strongest Year Ever in 2019

The American Wind Energy Association announced on Thursday that for wind power developers experienced their third-best year in 2019, adding 9,143 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity to the grid—enough to power over three million American homes. 

Why This Matters:  No matter how much President Trump tries to knock it, wind power is a big part of our energy future.

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Elizabeth Warren Releases “Blue New Deal”

Elizabeth Warren Releases “Blue New Deal”

The UN climate meeting currently underway in Madrid, Spain, known as COP25, is being called the Blue COP, to highlight its focus on oceans and the climate. Oceans play an outsized role in regulating our climate and 2020 presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren took the opportunity to release a Blue New Deal–her plan to address ocean […]

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One Cool Thing:  Maine Approves First Offshore Floating Wind Project in the U.S.

One Cool Thing: Maine Approves First Offshore Floating Wind Project in the U.S.

We wanted to end the week on a high note!  We have written about Norway’s big plans for floating offshore wind — now we will have it in the U.S. too, thanks to the Governor of Maine, Janet Mills, who finally got the 12-megawatt demonstration project green-lit by pushing through legislation that forced state utility […]

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Vineyard Wind Project Timeline Uncertain, Fishers Pushing For More Study

Vineyard Wind Project Timeline Uncertain, Fishers Pushing For More Study

Greentech Media reported late last week that the approval timeline is unclear for Vineyard Wind, an 800-megawatt wind project off the coast of Massachusetts valued at $2.8 billion that would be the largest thus far in the U.S. — the government is reconsidering its “cumulative impact analysis” on the environment and the delays are causing ripple effects in the broader U.S. offshore wind market.  Emails between the National Marine Fisheries Service of NOAA and fishermen who argue they will be adversely impacted by Vineyard Wind are now public, reveal close ties and some coordination between the Agency and the fishing industry to throw cold water on the wind development, according to E&E News.

Why This Matters:  The industry will need certainty on the approval timeline to be able to fulfill its economic potential. The needs and sacrifices of fishers must be balanced against the greater good of decreasing our dependence on fossil fuels.

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