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Off-Shore Wind Update – Part 2

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Part 2 of this series focuses on the offshore projects, the latest offshore turbine designs from major manufacturers and planned supporting infrastructure for the major offshore projects.

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Matt Chester on Aug 20, 2019 10:24 pm GMT

Seeing all the various projects underway in your paper is quite encouraging, but I can't help but worry about what'll happen to the U.S. offshore industry if one of the first few offshore wind projects fails to deliver on its promises on the given timeframe-- even if the reason for the hold up is because of intentional obstruction or local pushback that creates issues in siting timelines, it might give a black eye to an industry that needs all the buy in it can get right now. Do you have any concerns about this, John, or do you think we're close to smooth sailing ahead?

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John Benson on Aug 21, 2019 3:50 pm GMT

Thanks for the comment Matt.

As I found out when I worked on the earlier offshore wind project by Siemens (Cape Wind), the technology and talent that will build our initial offshore wind projects comes from Europe, where they already have 18.5 GW of installed offshore wind power (link below). What killed our project, and what is most likely to kill any future projects (like Vineyard Wind) is politics. That's why I devoted part 1 to this subject.

https://windeurope.org/about-wind/statistics/offshore/

-John

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Matt Chester on Aug 21, 2019 8:59 pm GMT

That's what I thought too-- there's no doubt about the technical abilities, we only need to skip across the pond to see that! But the politics, the posturing, that's what scares me

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