This NREL analysis takes a look at the US offshore wind market and discusses the barriers and challenges to growing the industry. Technological advances, siting strategies, risk reduction, and accelerated permitting can all play a significant role in driving the US market.
Siting, Leasing, & Permitting
(Generation, Transmission, & Grid Interconnection)
A new study, conducted by the Special Initiative on Offshore Wind for the Energy Research and Development Authority, offers a roadmap of key strategic steps can take to reduce costs of offshore wind power over the next decade. The study finds that ongoing technology and industry advances combined with actions could take, independently or with other states, could lower costs for offshore wind power as much as 50 percent and bring the clean-energy source closer to realizing its potential for "delivering utility-scale renewable electric generation" to and nearby areas such as .
The study identifies multiple paths for reducing offshore wind power costs in , emphasizing that the "State can take actions in the near term to lower its costs substantially, independent of expected external reductions over the next decade." The study finds that taking advantage of wind turbine innovations and other technology and industry advances could lower costs about 20 percent. Direct steps taken by could contribute up to an additional 30 percent reduction in a project's cost.http://www.ceoe.udel.edu/File%20Library/About/SIOW/New-York-Offshore-Wind-Cost-Reduction-Study-ff8-2.pdf
Denmark-based DONG Energy says it will develop the Massachusetts offshore wind lease area that was recently awarded to RES Americas. The transaction requires BOEM approval. http://www.nawindpower.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.14097
The March 2014 District Court ruling for Cape Wind, included claims that the project would be in violation of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. This piece briefly explains the plaintiffs claim, as well as the legal reasoning provided by the court in finding for the defendant on each of these claims.
The Patrick-Murray Administration announced EPA approval of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal. This approval allows the project to accept bids from prospective developers. The project is a $100 million facility designed for marine traffic related to offshore wind turbine installation.
Cape Wind gives a brief overview of the litigation that the project has been involved in since 2003. Of the 32 cases filed against Cape Wind, 26 ruled in favor of Cape Wind, 5 were withdrawn, and the one ruling against was temporary.
During a hearing on House of Representatives hearing on Cape Wind, Audra Parker, representing the Alliance to Protect Nantucket Sound, provides this testimony arguing against the Cape Wind project. She argues that there will be adverse economic impacts, public safety risks, impacts on tribal lands, and adverse environmental effects.
House Bill 1312 is an act to establish a committee to explore the potential for offshore wind power in New Hampshire. The committee is made up of three members of the House of Representatives, and three members of the State Senate. A final report is due on November 1, 2014.
The Commisioner of NHDES provides background information on offshore wind to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, which is considering HB 1312, legislation to establish a to develop a report on offshore wind energy development. The Commissioner's letter describes the current state of offshore wind activities in New Hampshire. It focuses on permitting, siting, and technology available and refers to advancements made in Maine as an example for potential projects in New Hampshire.