Author Archives: Joel

Market Developments in Japan and the US

Beginning 2014 on an upbeat note are two developing stories (not occurring in Europe which is the center of the offshore wind market) that no doubt will continue to capture industry headlines throughout the year. First is in Japan with … Continue reading

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UK Announces Revised Financial Support for Wind Industry

In early December the UK Treasury announced its policy regarding support for wind energy. It was published as part of an overall UK infrastructure investment plan. The much anticipated announcement was a mixed bag for industry, with additional support for … Continue reading

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“I would say the industry is falling apart,”

At the Reuters Global Commodities Summit in Houston this week, Stefaan Sercu, chief executive of GDF Suez Energy Marketing NA Inc. shared is bleak opinion that Power Generators in the US are facing a market which has all but eliminated … Continue reading

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Floating Offshore Wind Projects Continue to Advance

As of 2013 all of the offshore windfarms operating in the world are mounted on foundations in relatively shallow water firmly anchored or embedded in the floor of the sea. The dependence current technology has on shallow water has put … Continue reading

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Jobs in Offshore Wind

When the topic of offshore wind is brought up, one of the most commonly asked questions is how many jobs would be created by a project or better yet a number of projects? Up and down the East Coast underutilized … Continue reading

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The Rise of the Microgrid

In 1969 no one could have imagined the benefits brought by the Internet – and in 2013 no one can properly imagine the benefits which a new approach to our electricity infrastructure will bring. In 2003 outages on 3 Ohio … Continue reading

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New Cost Savings Report from the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation

As a new technology Offshore Wind development costs are high. To become a viable global source of electricity production, these costs must come down. A new report published by the German Offshore Wind Energy Foundation addresses the issue head on. … Continue reading

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Reading the Renewable Energy Tea Leaves

This week a couple of contrasting and noteworthy stories made the headlines which illustrate the slow, but steady progress in the US towards a renewable energy future. First, LEEDCO the developer behind the Icebreaker project being planned for Lake Erie, … Continue reading

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Floating Wind Just Around the Corner

A new report published in July by the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA) makes some excellent reading about the viability of large scale floating wind farms, most notably: …the first deep offshore wind farms could be installed and grid connected … Continue reading

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First US Offshore Wind Lease Auction Held

A huge milestone was reached in the US market this past week – the first ever lease auction was held for offshore wind development. The location is southwest of Martha’s Vineyard and southeast of the Block Island and is the … Continue reading

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