The U.S.'s offshore wind industry is poised for a burst of
activity after faltering for several years on the heels of the
stalled Cape Wind project in Massachusetts. The country's first offshore wind farm will open this fall
off the coast of Rhode Island. To read more about this project,
The project, a five-turbine wind farm developed by Deepwater
Wind off Block Island, RI, will power about 17,000 homes at a cost
of about $300 million. The company was also preparing to begin
developing a 15-turbine wind farm off the coast of eastern Long
Island, but a New York utility put approval on hold for several
weeks in order to wait until the state releases its offshore wind
plan. If Deepwater Wind does receive approval, the project could
power about 50,000 homes through the Long Island Power
Beyond these initial projects, the offshore wind industry is
preparing other projects that will expand to several states across
the country. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has
awarded 11 commercial offshore wind energy leases for sites in the
Atlantic Ocean, and later this year a lease sale will occur for
81,000 acres off New York. Developers are also asking for
commercial wind leases for areas off the coasts of California and
Hawaii. The project sites are generally being proposed near
high-population coastal areas that lack the space to build onshore
Massachusetts has also forayed into the offshore wind industry
with the energy bill that Governor Baker signed into law in August.
The legislation requires utility companies to procure long-term
contracts totaling at least 1,600 megawatts of wind energy, enough
to power about 240,000 homes, from offshore wind farm projects over
the next ten years. As more states like California, Hawaii, New
York, and Massachusetts adopt and strive to meet ambitious
renewable energy goals, offshore wind projects are increasingly
being incorporated into their plans. Accordingly, BOEM director
Abigail Ross Hopper anticipates the next three to five years will
see the offshore wind industry take off as more projects are
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