On September 9, the White House unveiled a “National Offshore Wind Strategy” put together by the U.S. Departments of Energy and Interior. The plan shows the federal government hopes to help the wind industry to reduce its costs and technical risks, support stewardship of U.S. waters, and increase the understanding of offshore wind energy. The federal government has a unique role as the owner of many areas suitable for offshore wind installations, and the government is working to coordinate with stakeholders on a number of new areas that it hopes to lease out for future wind development. Offshore development continues to be challenged by technical issues like anchoring in deep water or weak soil, transportation for maintenance, hurricane risk, and links between turbines in a system. The White House seems to see government research and development as key to overcoming these challenges.
The Washington Post also reviewed a report showing great optimism for wind power. Experts say that wind turbines are likely to get taller and have bigger rotors, which will allow them to generate more power at a lower cost. Most of the growth is actually expected to be offshore, and those turbines are expected to grow bigger than onshore installations.
The future seems to be bright and just beginning, as the first offshore wind installation was just completed in August of this year in Rhode Island. There is a lot of demand for electricity from that type of installation, as some customers are willing to pay extra to be able to say that they use renewable power. These kinds of opportunities are generally available in deregulated markets where customers can negotiate directly with electric utilities. A free consultation with the experts at EnergyCare can let you know all about your options. Contact us today.