24 Oct '17, 9am

Light at the end of the tunnel for US offshore wind power

Light at the end of the tunnel for US offshore wind power

Over the past 18 months the US offshore wind market has battled its way into existence, putting steel in the water and persuading politicians to put their necks on the line for a still-expensive technology with a virtually nonexistent workforce in the US. Now comes the tricky part. Over the next five or ten years, the sector will attempt to move from being a curiosity at the margins of the US energy market to a profitable and jobs-rich industry, capable of powering densely populated coastal states. Not many American energy sectors have fought so long and with so much promise, with so little to show for their efforts. After several decades of development, there’s 30MW of US offshore wind installed today, at Deepwater Wind’s Block Island, compared to around 13GW off Europe and 2GW off China. Few US companies have ever worked in the sector. Even within the American wind indus...

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