May has brought some excellent visible progress in offshore energy in the US.
In Orino, Maine the prototype of the 1/8th scale foundation prototype for a floating offshore turbine system was unveiled at the University of Maine. The UMaine project, one of three floating designs which are part of a Department of Energy funding round, will be installed off the Maine coast and will be the first of its kind in the United States.
Slightly further south in Massachusetts ground was broken on the new terminal being built to serve as main port facility for offshore wind projects being built off the coasts of both Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
Here are a few of the comments from the ceremony held on May 6.
“Investing in infrastructure just like this creates jobs now and a stronger Commonwealth for the next generation,” said Governor Patrick. “This is how Massachusetts claims its place as a hub for a new American industry.”
“This project has the potential for the kind of economic impact our city hasn’t seen since the era of textile manufacturing. Careers in welding, electro-mechanical drafting, and all the associated service positions to go along with it,” said New Bedford City Councilor Henry Bousquet. “The fact that it’s good for our environment is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Although modest by international standards, moving these US projects from idea to construction is a huge step forward – here’s to hoping 2013 brings more of the same.