Government officials today announced major steps forward in support of offshore wind energy in the United States, including new funding opportunities for companies interested in offshore wind energy deployment.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Secretary of Energy Steven Chu released a joint statement that announed the availability of up to $50.5 million for projects that support offshore wind energy deployment.
Salazar also identified several high priority wind energy areas in the mid-Atlantic that will spur rapid, responsible development of this abundant renewable resource.
Offshore wind development became much more attractive during the BP Gulf Oil Spill crisis, with many advocates boasting “there’s no such thing as an offshore wind spill.” Since then, many states have been pushing the federal government to say yes to offshore wind farms.
In April 2010, the government approved America’s first offshore wind farm on Horseshoe Shoal in Nantucket Sound. When completed, Cape Wind will provide three quarters of the Cape and Islands electricity needs in average winds. […]