February 4 SAFE Meeting: Offshore Wind Coming to New England

Amber Hewett and former State Rep. Jen Benson, newly appointed co-chairs of the MA Offshore Wind Committee, will present on the the future of offshore wind for New England, Massachusetts, and Salem. The Biden administration’s support for offshore wind gives us all hope. Hewett and Benson will share exciting news about: Offshore wind legislative developments … Continue reading February 4 SAFE Meeting: Offshore Wind Coming to New England

Salem: Perfect Site to Support Off Shore Wind Industry

At the December 3rd meeting of the Salem Harbor Port Authority (SHPA), the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) delivered exciting news to the city about the suitability of its port for playing a role in the burgeoning offshore wind (OSW) industry along the Atlantic seaboard. Slides of this draft report can be found at the … Continue reading Salem: Perfect Site to Support Off Shore Wind Industry

One step closer: First American offshore wind turbines installed

Installation is now complete at the new Block Island wind power facility. On August 8, one member of the team tweeted, "I think it now qualifies as a 'farm' -2nd turbine completed last night #BlockIslandWindFarm@DeepwaterWind " From the blog of Greg Alvarez, on the American Wind Energy Association's website (awea.org) -- American offshore wind power … Continue reading One step closer: First American offshore wind turbines installed

From the Mass. Climate Action Network: the Energy Omnibus Bill is in the House TODAY

[Below are detailed ideas on what to ask for in the bill, and a link to find out who your Mass. elected officials are.] ------------------- Massachusetts has been a national leader on clean energy,  but now are at a crossroads: we are poised to invest billions of dollars to replace retiring power plants and make … Continue reading From the Mass. Climate Action Network: the Energy Omnibus Bill is in the House TODAY

Enormous blades could lead to more offshore energy in U.S.

An interesting proposal for huge wind turbine blades…the length of which would be greater than two football fields…could mean 50-megawatt turbines for offshore use. Sandia National Laboratories is researching the extreme-scale blades for the Department of Energy. Most wind turbines presently yield between one and two megawatts, so this would be an enormous jump in … Continue reading Enormous blades could lead to more offshore energy in U.S.

Everybody aboard the energy omnibus: House preparing comprehensive electricity bill

House officials are creating an “omnibus” energy bill, which may lead to one of the more interesting debates on Beacon Hill in years. House Speaker Robert DeLeo (pictured below) has been discussing this for some time, his approach being that when there are many debated yet related issues, the best thing is consolidate them into … Continue reading Everybody aboard the energy omnibus: House preparing comprehensive electricity bill

Maine offshore wind project still faces money hurdles, despite federal grant

Maine recently received $3.7 million to develop a floating, deep-water wind farm, but needs much more than that to get the project going. Their goal is to win the full $47 million grant from the DOE, which would attract enough private investors to finance the $100 million project. [This article is from November, 2015; if anyone … Continue reading Maine offshore wind project still faces money hurdles, despite federal grant