Offshore Wind Power on the Road to Decarbonization
- Aug 27, 2021 3:30 pm GMT
Here in the Northeastern U.S., there's a strong move to wind power generation as part of an overall decarbonization strategy. The concept is that wind power can feed the grid and an ever growing number of electric vehicles. This is one of the key strategies in Massachusetts' MA 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap Study ( available at: www.mass.gov/2050Roadmap ).
This concept will be challenging to implement! Even with the full support of the Federal Government, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's permit process is time consuming. The Biden Administration has a goal of 30 GigaWatts of offshore wind power generation by 2030. For context, this is roughly equal to all of the existing offshore wind power generation in the world and the U.S. currently has just 0.042 as of June, 2021. I wrote a T&D World article about how challenging this goal is (available at: https://www.tdworld.com/renewables/article/21165067/is-30-gw-of-us-offshore-wind-by-2030-realistic ). Even if this aggressive goal is not achieved on schedule, it's clear that offshore wind will be an important part of decarbonizing our future.
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