Simon Watson, Prof of Wind Energy at Loughborough University: Britain is only just beginning to exploit its vast resources of offshore wind.
The Conversation 18th Aug 2016 read more »
In Europe, there are currently 84 projects to construct off-shore windfarms in 11 countries. Dong was formed out of a number of oil, coal and gas companies but now focuses on renewables. The United States lags behind Europe in investing in wind farms: cheap alternatives, lack of regulation and local/political opposition make them impractical. A $2.6 billion project to construct turbines off the coast of Nantucket had to be canceled due to strong objections from locals upset that their views would be impeded. But that is beginning to change. The first off-shore turbines in the US were recently installed three miles off the coast of Block Island, Rhode Island by Deepwater Wind. On August 1 the Massachusetts state legislature passed a resolution committing the state to contracting 1600 MW of off-shore wind power. Last year Dong leased an area of land off the coast of Massachusetts and now plans to construct a wind farm that will generate an estimated 1000 MW of power.
Oil Price 19th Aug 2016 read more »