Is Offshore Wind “On” in the Biden Administration?
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- Dec 4, 2020 5:10 pm GMTDec 4, 2020 3:44 pm GMT
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Offshore wind holds great promise, mainly because its fuel is cost-free, potentially unlimited, emission-free, and requires no storage or transportation. Yet there is only one utility-scale offshore wind park operating off the coast of the United States, the Block Island project off the coast of Rhode Island. More of a demonstration project, its five turbines have a combined nameplate capacity of just 30MW, which means at a claimed capacity factor of 47% is still producing only 14.1 MW over a given period of time.
Still, it was a start, and many more are in the queue including large projects off the coast of Long Island, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, and even Ohio, in Lake Erie. According to Recharge News, state offshore wind capacity commitments now total about 23GW by 2035, most of these backed by power purchase agreements (PPAs) including 20 years from the Long Island Power Authority for the South Fork Wind project; 20 years from National Grid, Eversource, and United Illuminating Co. for the Revolution Wind project; 25 years from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA) for New York’s Empire Wine project; 25 years from NYSERDA for the larger Long Island Sunrise Wind project; 16 years from Cleveland Public Power for the Lake Erie Icebreaker project; and Offshore Wind Energy Credits from the state of Maryland for the Skipjack project off the coast of Delaware.