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To date the East and West coast have garnered most attention.  Here perhaps is another option for US Offshore Wind 

 

Dr Massey and I discuss an exciting time for offshore wind

 

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Matt Chester on May 11, 2020

NREL lists the Gulf’s shallow water, lower average wave heights, and existing oil and gas infrastructure on the positive side for developing all sorts of ocean energy, including tides and currents, thermal conversion, wave power, and hydrogen conversion in addition to wind turbines.

Existing oil and gas infrastructure as a positive-- now that would be a double whammy of good news of such infrastructure were repurposed to clean energy

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Charley Rattan on May 12, 2020

Yes using circular principles to extend asset life is surely a good idea. It is happening in Europe too.

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Mark Silverstone on May 12, 2020

I regret clicking on the usual suspects link in your post.  It kind of ruined dinner.  One thing about Texas: It doesn´t like to come in second. So, I share your wonder at why offshore wind has not yet been taken up on the Gulf Coast, at least offshore Texas. I assume it is on its way.

Equinor, the Norwegian oil company, has lost over USD 2 billion in the last year in the US, and the folks back home are not pleased.  But, they´ve invested more than that in offshore wind in the North Sea and the US east coast. I have to believe they are looking at this, though from where the investment money will come at the moment is not at all clear. 

Major O&G companies could save more money than it would cost to put wind turbines on obsolete offshore structures, by avoiding the costs of removing the structures. Instead, the US is allowing them to simply dump them on the sea floor in the "rigs to reef" scam.

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Bob Meinetz on May 14, 2020

Mark, given Equinor's revenue from offshore oil wells is $68B/yr, an investment of $2B amounts to good PR for the company.
To put Equinor's investment into perspective: in 2020 alone, Norwegian oil companies will invest $21B to suck more oil and gas from below the North Sea.

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