Next offshore wind leases planned for New Jersey

With enough companies interested in building wind farms off New Jersey's coast, the Interior Department is preparing to offer leases for nearly 344,000 acres in an offshore area that could generate 3,400 megawatts and power about 1.2 million homes.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's move is the third such recent announcement by the government, which has already made clear its intention to sell wind leases off the coasts of Massachusetts and Maryland.

China falling behind on offshore wind farm schedule


Three years ago, China launched a plan to build 5,000 megawatts of offshore wind capacity within four years, but officials are calling the goal unattainable with less than 10 percent of capacity installed, Bloomberg reports.

Appeals court sides with Chinese firm on wind farm project


The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit remanded a case brought by China's Ralls Corp. against the Obama administration to a district court, arguing President Obama violated the company's due process when he moved to stop an Oregon wind farm project on national security grounds without supplying adequate evidence, E&E reports.

Trade talks on $1 trillion in environmental goods

GENEVA (AP) — Diplomats from the United States, China and the European Union began talks Tuesday with 11 other countries toward a deal that would cut tariffs on almost $1 trillion of environmental goods.

The proposed agreement at the World Trade Organization would cover 86 percent of trade in goods such as solar panels and wind turbines for producing energy, filters for wastewater treatment and catalytic converters for air pollution control. U.S. exports of environmental goods reached $106 billion last year, and have grown 8 percent a year since 2009.

The negotiations also include Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, and Chinese Taipei. They are meant to build on a list of 54 environmental goods put together by members of APEC — the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation for Pacific Rim economies — for which the governments hope to reduce tariffs to five percent or less by the end of 2015.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Interior to lease offshore wind area off Maryland

The Interior Department will make available 80,000 acres in waters off Maryland for wind power development, in its latest action by the Obama administration to spur development of Atlantic Ocean offshore wind farms.

The department said Wednesday the Aug. 19 competitive lease sale has so far attracted interest from 16 companies. It first proposed the sale in December.

Norwegian firms to build wind farm off UK coast

HELSINKI (AP) — Norwegian energy companies Statoil and Statkraft have announced plans to build a wind farm off the British coast in a 15 billion kroner ($2.4 billion) investment, expected to be completed in 2017.

Statoil, the operator of the Dudgeon offshore project, says construction of the 67 turbines will begin in 2016. With a total generation capacity of 402 MW, they will provide energy for some 410,000 households.

Interior Department photo

After Cape Wind, what comes next?

The announcement Tuesday of a conditional $150 million loan by Energy Department to the Cape Wind offshore wind farm project was showcased by the administration as a key part of its climate action plan, one that will spur the offshore renewable energy sector.

It also marked a more confident use of taxpayer money to back renewable energy in the wake of the $529 million Solyndra solar company failure and other high-profile, if limited, losses of taxpayer money during President Barack Obama's first term.

Yet the question remains: Can the government replicate the success it has claimed for onshore wind in offshore waters?

Feds pledge $150M for Cape Wind

The Boston Globe

The Department of Energy is promising Cape Wind a $150 million loan guarantee for its project to install 100 wind turbines in Nantucket Sound, putting the company 60 percent of the way toward raising the $2.5 billion it will need, The Boston Globe reports.

Denmark’s Vestas gets big EDF turbine order for Kansas, NM


Vestas Wind Systems, the Danish company that’s the world’s biggest maker of wind turbines, will supply 225 of them to EDF Energy to be used in the Roosevelt Wind Project in New Mexico and in Slate Creek in Kansas, generating 450 megawatts of power, Bloomberg reports.

Wind energy rising in Michigan

Detroit Free Press

Declining costs of producing wind energy are helping the business to take off in Michigan, and it’s likely to get a further boost from the Obama administration moves to cut carbon emissions, the Detroit Free Press reports.


Subscribe to Wind