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Rhode Island offshore wind project to cost less than 10 cents per kilowatt-hour

Providence Journal: When critics assailed the high price awarded to Deepwater Wind nearly a decade ago for power from what would be the first offshore wind farm in the nation, the Providence company and its supporters in Rhode Island state government vowed that savings would come with future projects down the line. With a proposed […]

February 8, 2019 Read More →
IEEFA U.S.: A sea change in American offshore wind

IEEFA U.S.: A sea change in American offshore wind

Up and down the East Coast, initiatives to develop a massive and largely untapped market

The big lease sales ($405 million) last month in coastal waters off Massachusetts for three federally owned tracts that didn’t sell at an auction in 2015 signal a sea change in how U.S. offshore wind generation potential is now perceived. The winners of that auction, who emerged after 32 rounds of bidding over two days, […]

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More offshore wind bid into Rhode Island renewable solicitation

Providence Journal: Rhode Island electric customers are already using power from the first offshore wind farm in the nation, a 30-megawatt project off Block Island — and plans are in place to buy another 400 megawatts of offshore wind. Now, developers are proposing to sell an additional 350 megawatts of offshore wind power to the […]

November 16, 2018 Read More →

‘Offshore wind ready to take off in the U.S.’

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): As of the end of 2017, European countries have installed a total of just under 16,000 MW of offshore wind. The United States has installed 30 MW. For a country that ranks second globally in onshore wind installations with roughly 89 GW, why is it that the US is so […]

August 7, 2018 Read More →

Massachusetts, Rhode Island Bet Big on Offshore Wind

CommonWealth: The Baker administration placed a bold bet on the economic and environmental benefits of offshore wind Wednesday, selecting one company to build an 800-megawatt wind farm off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard and working with Rhode Island to procure another 400 megawatts at another location in the same area. State officials said they hope […]

May 24, 2018 Read More →

Industry Report: 40% Increase in U.S. Wind Projects Over Q1 2016

UPI: About half of the population in the state of Kansas could now be drawing energy from wind power as the U.S. sector gains momentum, an industry report showed. A quarterly report from the American Wind Energy Association found the sector is gaining traction. Compared with last year, there were 40 percent more wind energy […]

July 28, 2017 Read More →

Op-Ed: U.S Offshore Wind Industry’s Foothold in the Northeast

(New Bedford, Mass.) South Coast Today: Up and down the eastern seaboard, states are competing to attract new investments in offshore wind. Rhode Island is home to the first offshore wind farm in the country. Maryland recently approved two offshore projects. Other states, from Maine to the Carolinas, are competing to be the center of […]

July 25, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: State-by-State Clean-Energy Groundswell in 2016

Jessica Collingsworth for the Union of Concerned Scientists: Looking back at the last year I see a lot of clear signs that the clean energy transition is moving forward in the US.  Here are eight states that really stepped up to become climate leaders: California In August, the California legislature passed remarkable climate change legislation. […]

January 4, 2017 Read More →

Offshore Wind ‘on the Verge of Rapid Growth’

Justin Gillis for the New York Times: Offshore wind may be on the verge of rapid growth in the United States. Using a law passed by a Republican-led Congress in 2005 and signed by President George W. Bush, the Obama administration has been clarifying the ground rules and leasing out large patches of the ocean […]

August 23, 2016 Read More →
Stirrings of Offshore Wind Development in the Northeast U.S.

Stirrings of Offshore Wind Development in the Northeast U.S.

Policy Initiatives in New York and Massachusetts Could Lift the Industry Regionally; First Turbines Go Up Next Month

Offshore wind development along the East Coast of the U.S. may finally be on the verge of getting under way in earnest, thanks to recent policy developments in Massachusetts and New York. While land-based wind-powered capacity has boomed across the nation’s midsection, where a total of 45 gigawatts is now installed across 11 states from Minnesota […]

July 11, 2016 Read More →