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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 18, 2012

Cost-cutting is focus of latest DOE offshore wind power grant

Nathanael Massey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-18 13:15:54

The wind blowing off the coasts and lakeshores of the United States could power the country four times over, according to the Department of Energy. Yet to date, not a single offshore wind turbine has been built. The problem, in a word, is cost — technology and installation costs remain prohibitively high, and the bar is set to rise further with the expiration of the production tax credit for wind energy at the end of this year. [ read more … ]

Denmark commissions offshore wind farms as NIMBY grows onshore

Special to E&E  •    •  Posted 2012-12-18 13:16:14

Danes may be proud of their country’s leadership in wind energy, but increasingly they don’t want any turbines near their houses. Which makes it more difficult for the government to reach its goal to get 50 percent of its electricity from wind by 2020, up from 28 percent last year. So Denmark, home to the world’s top two wind turbine manufacturers, has invited bidders to build 500 megawatts of offshore wind parks and generate enough electricity to power half a million homes. [ read more … ]

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