Feds to Lease Land for NJ Offshore Wind

September 28, 2015 By Carl Weinschenk

Denmark wind Energy ManageThe federal government is lending a hand to the struggling wind energy sector by leasing almost 350 acres of the ocean floor off the New Jersey coast for turbines, according to NorthJersey.com.

The plan is to auction two leases between Nov. 9-13. The seafloor at auction could potentially support turbines that generate 3,400 MW of electricity, which is enough to power about 1.2 million homes. This is not the first time that the government has helped the industry. The feds have awarded $14.5 million in leases for projects off the coasts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia. Construction has begun on the Rhode Island project.

Despite its setbacks, the international offshore wind industry has made some progress. Transmission and Distribution World reports that the Westermost Rough offshore wind farm is operational. It is in the North Sea off the English coast. The farm, which is owned by Dong Energy, Marubeni Corp. and the UK Green Investment Bank, features 35 Siemens wind turbines. Each has a capacity of 6 MW and a rotor diameter of 154 meters.

One comment on “Feds to Lease Land for NJ Offshore Wind

  1. Former Enron execs are the leaders of offshore wind energy companies. It’s interesting that ENRON (WIND) required special government favor, too. And, that ENRON, perhaps the most notorious case of corporate fraud in U.S. history, was the product of government collusion, and special government favor, too.

    Running the show, the great giveaway of Public Trust and our ocean resources, commercial and recreational fishing grounds, is BOEM that was MMS (before name changes) with purview over oil, gas, minerals mining, and wind companies. MMS was in charge during the Gulf Oil Spill Disaster and deemed a “culture of ethical failure” by the U.S. Office of Inspector General.

    http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/worse-than-enron-financial-times-compares-volkswagon-clean-cheat

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