Tag: Large Scale Renewables

One if by Land, Two if by Sea — U.S. Offshore Wind Power Has Arrived

2016 will be remembered as “the year U.S. offshore wind arrived,” as Block Island Wind Farm, a 5-turbine 30 MW offshore-wind project, arose off Rhode Island’s coast this summer and will soon power the grid. Relatively modest in scale, this wind farm’s christening carried significance greater than its size. The first “steel in the water” for U.S. offshore wind, it was proof of the promise this abundant home-grown renewable resource holds to light boardwalks and boardrooms up and down the Eastern seaboard.

Why Everyone is Talking About Baseload Power

One concept over the last few months that seems to have become more prevalent is the idea of baseload power. Politicians seem to mention it at every opportunity when they talk about energy. At the moment it’s being used as a reason why the UK needs more nuclear and other similar types of projects rather than just renewables.

What a Tangled Web We Weave: Oversight of US Offshore Wind Development is Complicated at Best

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is the U.S. government agency responsible for overseeing energy development projects located on the United States Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). In most areas of the U.S., the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) starts three miles from the coastline. The exceptions to this are Texas, Florida’s Gulf Coast, and Puerto Rico, where the OCS starts approximately 9 miles from the coast.

Solar-Powered Airports Are Taking Off Worldwide

Have you ever stared out of your airplane window during takeoff? You’re most likely faced with the acres of clear land surrounding the runway or the expansive roofs of various airport terminals. Just imagine the power that could be gained if all of that empty space were used for renewable energy purposes.