Trade group says Europe installs 1GW of offshore wind capacity in first half of 2013


A new report from the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) says that more than 1 gigawatt of offshore wind capacity was fully connected to the grid in Europe over the first half of 2013.

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The European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) said 277 turbines have been connected between January and the end of June, delivering 1.045GW of new capacity, almost double the 523MW installed over the same period in 2012.

Last month in #offshorewind: April news recap

Don’t worry, Gov. LePage. We promise that wind turbine really works.

In case you missed this month’s offshore wind news highlights, we’ve got you covered:

April 25
EDITORIAL: Don’t wait to approve New Jersey Energy Link

The whole project can get moving as soon as Trenton enacts legislation to admit the New Jersey Energy Link into PJM’s Regional Transmission Plan. Then, the BPU can start working on the appropriate regulations, and South Jersey would be in the wind-energy business. What are we waiting for?

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April 23
Atlantic Wind Connection project at Paulsboro terminal would create jobs — a lot of jobs.

A study by Bechtel found that a total of 1,980 jobs would be created over the next 10 years during the construction and installation of three 20,000-ton converter platforms for the New Jersey Energy Link.

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April 23
MassCEC begins construction on first-of-its-kind offshore wind support facility

Construction has begun on South Terminal of the New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal, the first facility in the nation designed to support the construction, assembly, and deployment of offshore wind projects. Massachusetts Clean Energy Center chose contractor Cashman-Weeks NB to construct the terminal.

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April 18
Governor claims Univ. of Maine tricks people with motor-powered wind turbine (Ed. Note: We’re not making this up!)

"They have an electric motor so that they can show people wind power works. Unbelievable. And that’s the government that you have here in the state of Maine," said Maine Gov. LePage. … Asked by the Bangor Daily News if LePage’s conspiracy theory was true, a spokesperson for the university laughed before making clear that the turbine will not spin in the absence of wind. 

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Today in AWESOME: Actress Kate Walsh promotes offshore wind and lobbies Congress for ITC extension

Kate Walsh talks offshore wind

Actress Kate Walsh spent the weekend in Washington, DC, attending the White House Correspondents Dinner and lobbying lawmakers on Capitol Hill about the importance of offshore wind energy and federal tax credits to support it. 

"Offshore wind power is a no brainer and we have to do it. Europe’s been doing it for 20 years. China’s now in the race," Walsh told Politico in a video interview. “It’s an amazing clean energy source. There are ways to build it quickly. It provides jobs and energy enough, if you fully develop it, to energize the country four times over.”

Walsh, who works to promote ocean policy issues with Oceana, spent a day of her visit meeting with members of Congress to urge long-term extension of the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for wind energy, which expires at the end of this year if no action is taken.

"It’s better than a drill. It’s clean. And it keeps us independent," Walsh said of offshore wind. "It’s not just for coastal states. It’s for the whole country. Oil is finite. Wind is infinite."

When asked about people who complain about seeing wind turbines from shore, Walsh pointed out that offshore wind farms will be placed at least 12-15 miles offshore, so “you have to have really good eyesight” to find them noticeable.

Walsh also professed her love of offshore wind in a diary she kept for USA Today while in Washington for the weekend.

Thanks, Kate! Keep up the great advocacy work!

New OWAP analysis makes the economic case for U.S. offshore wind


To coincide with Sens. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Susan Collins (R-ME) introducing the Incentivizing Offshore Wind Power Act in Congress today, Clean Energy States Alliance’s Offshore Wind Accelerator Project (OWAP) – along with the Center for American Progress (CAP), the Sierra Club, and the U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative – released a jointly commissioned report that demonstrates how offshore wind can become cost competitive with electricity generated from natural gas by 2024, even without federal subsidies.

The analysis, titled A Learning Investment-based Analysis of the Economic Potential for Offshore Wind and conducted by the Brattle Group, also finds that building an American offshore wind industry would have minimal effect on ratepayers, a large majority of whom are willing to pay this slight increase for homegrown clean energy that creates jobs, protects public health, and leads to greater energy independence.

REGISTER TODAY (it’s free!) for a free webinar about this report:

The first of its kind in analyzing the broader economic impact of developing an entire offshore wind industry, the Brattle Group report finds that the national average monthly rate increase for consumers would be between $0.25 to $2.08. Polls in New York, Maryland, and other states have shown that solid majorities of voters are willing to pay a couple dollars more every month to support local offshore wind projects.

To provide a conservative estimate of the economic effects, the Brattle Group analysis does not include any subsidies such as the production tax credit or investment tax credit, both of which apply to offshore wind energy.

We’re really excited about this report, and how it will help us advance our mission of getting steel in the water as soon as possible. Visit the CESA website to read the report and the accompanying briefing paper, Making the Economic Case for Offshore Wind, authored by CAP Director of Ocean Policy Michael Conathan.

EVENT: The Economic Case for Offshore Wind in America, featuring Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE)

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This Thursday, January 31, join us for a discussion about the economics of U.S. offshore wind with Sen. Tom Carper of Delaware.

First-come, first-served RSVPs are free for those who can attend in person.


January 31, 2013
9:30am ET – 10:30am ET

Center for American Progress Action Fund
1333 H St. NW, 10th Floor
Washington, DC 20005 

Seating is limited. RSVP recommended.

Click here to RSVP for this event

Offshore wind: In 2013, it’s coming to a coast near you.

As we wind down 2012, everyone at the Offshore Wind Accelerator Project (OWAP) is thankful for the efforts of our partners. Despite facing challenges from industry foes, offshore wind is moving into 2013 with undeniable momentum.

Need proof? Here are a few recent developments:

Meanwhile at OWAP, we have been busy building and sustaining a strong communications effort around offshore wind. This fall, OWAP’s communications team has produced and disseminated important reports about offshore wind’s special value to New England and the mid-Atlantic; the merits of aggregated procurement, including a blueprint for how to build buyers’ groups to purchase large amounts of offshore wind power; and cost-parity analyses with traditional forms of energy (coming soon). We have also partnered with the American Wind Energy Association to convene collaborative meetings and planning calls with key offshore wind stakeholders.

Meanwhile, our website and Facebook page continue to attract thousands of fans from across the country. We have used this following to support our partners’ vital efforts to streamline information, bust myths about wind energy, and fight back against industry attacks.

It’s been a great year. We’re looking forward to making 2013 even better.

Could offshore wind mitigate devastation from superstorms?

What can state and federal leaders be doing to prevent future devastation from storms like Hurricane Sandy? Developing new sources of clean energy, including offshore wind, is a big part of the picture.

In a new blog post, Catherine Bowes at the National Wildlife Federation says that building storm walls and creating storm response plans simply is not enough:

In the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, it is more important than ever for Americans to rethink our energy choices. Devastating extreme weather events are becoming far too common, with tragic consequences being felt along the coastlines of New York and New Jersey, and in communities all across the country as droughts, wildfires, and storms become more intense and severe.

It has been refreshing to see our leaders – from President Obama to Governors Cuomo and Christie – connect the dots and acknowledge that climate change is fueling these more frequent and intense storms, but investing in sea walls and storm response plans is just not enough.

We need to aggressively cut carbon pollution and pursue clean, renewable sources of energy – including offshore wind – in order to protect future generations of people and wildlife from the dangers of climate change.

Check out the whole entry, including Catherine’s recent time spent in DC with a visiting German lawmaker and offshore wind advocate - on NWF’s Wildlife Promise blog.

New report: Atlantic Coast is Ideal Home Base for U.S. Offshore Wind

Big news: Today, live-streaming for another half hour, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is helping us launch our new report with Center for American Progress and The Center for the Next Generation: “Regional Energy, National Solutions.”

The new report responds to a recent vision laid out by the American Petroleum Institute, which suggested clean energy be put on the back burner in favor of aggressive oil and gas drilling, both on shore and off, and coal mining. In contrast, offshore wind is an ideal technology that could contribute substantially to the sustained, long-term energy demands of the Atlantic Coast states. Developing just 54 gigawatts of offshore wind in Atlantic waters would generate $200 billion in economic activity and create 43,000 permanent, well-paid technical jobs, in addition to displacing the annual output of 52 coal-fired power plants

The report comes at an important time. As voters contemplate who will occupy the White House and Congress in the years ahead, it’s important that the United States enact a long-term strategy to achieve climate stability, economic prosperity, and energy security by using the unique assets of each region of the country, and choosing smart places for investment in multiple forms of energy and fuel.

During his keynote address, Gov. Chafee gave a keynote address about the importance of collaborative efforts to advance clean energy across the country. Chafee then participated in a panel discussion with John Arensmeyer of the Small Business Majority and Anne Kelly of Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP).

"The key was that collaborative effort," Chafee said of his state’s work planning for offshore wind. "We are very methodical in our approach to wind energy off our coasts. We know those finite [fossil fuel] resources will be going up in price at some point. So we in New England are looking at alternatives."

This is why the work of the Offshore Wind Accelerator Project is so vital. By working together, we can create jobs, boost American energy independence, and expand America’s manufacturing sector with offshore wind.