02 Feb '12, 5pm

Obama Admin Fast-tracks Offshore Wind Power in Mid-Atlantic

Obama Admin Fast-tracks Offshore Wind Power in Mid-Atlantic

Remember that the US has exactly zero offshore wind power projects built and only one approved for construction; the nation will still be playing catch-up with Europe and China here. Today the Department of Interior announced a streamline policy of approval for offshore wind power in outer continental shelf areas off New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. “We are moving toward commercial-scale offshore wind energy leasing in the mid-Atlantic and adding the necessary tools to offer those leases,” said [Bureau of Ocean Energy Management] Director Beaudreau. “We considered public input and conducted a thorough analysis to ensure future projects are sited in the right places, where the wind energy potential is significant and where environmental effects and conflicts with other uses can be minimized and managed.” More: Department of Interior As it is a genuine step forw...

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