The Pentagon is threatening to scuttle what promises to be the world’s largest wind farm, in eastern Oregon, arguing that the giant turbines could interfere with an Air Force radar system.
Seven out of 10 Americans support wind farms over any other type of energy development in their hometown, the 2011 Saint Index survey found, with potential backing for other local energy projects, except nuclear, as well.
Jay Vincent, senior vice president for energy for The Saint Consulting Group, is blogging live from the San Diego Wind Energy Symposium.
Down to business is the way that I would describe last month’s Windpower 2011. Gone are the marginal players. Gone are the speculators looking to make a quick buck on the industry. Here to stay are the serious developers who can handle dealing with the tough problems that come with industry maturity.
The Cape Wind Project in Nantucket Sound got the green light from U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to begin construction—marking a milestone for American offshore wind industry.
The U.S. wind energy industry saw 35 percent average annual growth over the last five years and accounted for 35 percent of new U.S. power capacity in that period, according to the 2010 U.S. Wind Industry Annual Market Report.
The real lesson in my view as it relates to Cape Wind is the vulnerability that any major development experiences in today’s permitting environment. Cape Wind is a shining example.
The Pentagon, under strong political pressure, has withdrawn its objections that the huge Shepherd Flats wind farm project in Oregon could interfere with Air Force radar systems, with the Obama Administration apparently agreeing that homeland security concerns shouldn’t thwart home-grown renewable energy.
A poll of Massachusetts Electric customers raises a consistent issue with regard to siting offshore wind projects, particularly in this economy – what is the general public willing to accept that impacts them personally (in this case financially with modestly higher electricity bills) from a project that they support philosophically?
one offshore project is heading the right direction based on motivated major stakeholders and the importance of engaging them early and often to reach the agreements necessary for offshore wind to start generating power.