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Offshore Wind – A Brief History

to and complementing an overall electrical system.-- 1992 – President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act, authorizing a production tax credit of 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour of wind-power-generated electricity and re-establishing a focus on renewable energy use.-- 1993 – The National Wind Technology Center is established.-- 2011 – A critical document: DOE’s National Offshore Wind Strategy, a partnership project with the Department of the Interior.  The goal: to reduce the cost of energy through technology development and reducing deployment timelines.Gary Norton is a Senior

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EnBW, Trident Winds JV for Offshore Wind Project in California

"Morro Bay" offshore wind project off the central coast of California with a grid connection in Morro Bay. Together, both companies will work on the development of the first large-scale floating offshore wind project in the region. EnBW sees maturity of the enabling floating offshore wind technology as representative of the future of offshore wind.  Floating offshore wind opens new areas with greater water depth and better wind conditions. The initial focus of the joint venture is to obtain the site lease from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and on securing the grid connection

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GE to Trial World’s Largest Wind Turbine in UK

;"This is an important agreement because it will enable us to prove Haliade-X in a faster way by putting it under controlled and extreme conditions," John Lavelle, president & CEO of GE's Offshore Wind business said in a statement. Britain is aiming to be a leader in offshore wind technology and its capacity could grow by five times current levels to 30 gigawatts by 2030, according to a report funded by a range of industry participants. Britain's energy and clean growth minister Claire Perry welcomed the agreement and said it highlights Britain's world class research

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US' First Planned Floating Wind Farm Taking Shape

RFQ which helps confirm the attractiveness of Humboldt County as the potential starting point for an entire new industry.”   The selected developer consortium features significant offshore wind lease application and permitting experience, a mature, cost-competitive and suitable floating wind technology for Humboldt County’s unique geography (Principle Power Inc’s WindFloat technology), and a highly-capable team with the needed capacity to develop, finance, operate and build a supply chain to support this and future projects. RCEA and the selected consortium will be negotiating

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Statoil’s NY Offshore Wind Project Named 'Empire Wind'

project will play in helping New York achieve its ambitious renewable energy goal,” said Statoil’s Empire Wind Project Director, Christer af Geijerstam.  “Empire Wind also speaks to the leading role that New York State is taking in advancing the deployment of offshore wind technology in North America.” The 79,350 acre site, secured by Statoil in a federal auction in December 2016, has the potential to generate up to 1GW of offshore wind power for New York City and Long Island, according to Statoil, making it a key part of New York State’s plan to deploy renewable

The Hywind Scotland floating wind farm. (Photo: Øyvind Gravås / Woldcam - Statoil ASA)

World’s First Floating Wind Farm Starts Production

deep waters (+60 meters) where traditional bottom fixed installations are not suitable, floating offshore wind is expected to play a significant role in the growth of offshore wind going forward.”   Mohamed Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, said, “Hywind Scotland is showing that floating wind technology can be commercially viable wherever sea depths are too great for conventional fixed offshore wind power. This opens up a number of new geographies, and we are already looking at future opportunities with our partners, building on our existing international portfolio in onshore and offshore wind

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Virgina Offshore Wind Project Moves Forward

North American headquarters in Boston, owns 22 offshore wind farms in Europe and Asia. DONG Energy brings to the project significant experience in engineering, manufacturing, construction and supply chain management.   The project continues what previously was called the Virginia Offshore Wind Technology Assessment Project (VOWTAP). Dominion Energy began work on the project in 2011 as part of a Department of Energy grant to develop and test new wind technologies that could lower the cost and withstand hurricanes. During that time key achievements were made to advance the project including: Approval

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WIN WIN: Wind Powered Oil Recovery Concept Progresses

their costs on both equipment and operations.”   “We are encouraged by the success of the first phase and look forward to continued collaboration as the project progresses,” said Tom Schuessler, president, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company. “Recent advancements in wind technology, particularly in offshore oil and gas applications, are improving the economic feasibility and allowing for wind to contribute to the overall energy mix at a time when demand continues to rise.”   “Eni is delighted to be part of the WIN WIN joint industry project to explore

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To Create a Sustainable Future – Digitalize Offshore Energy

Holistic Operation and Maintenance for Energy from Offshore Wind Farms (Home-Offshore) team will include scientists and engineers from Manchester, Warwick, Cranfield, Durham and Heriot-Watt universities. Over the next three years, Home-Offshore will create an advanced holistic model of offshore wind technology (OWT) infrastructure, using previously inaccessible data from advanced sensing technologies, and robotic and autonomous systems. In addition to reducing the O&M costs, which influence the final cost of energy to the public, they also aim to reduce the risks associated with human intervention

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Plan Introduced to Drive US Offshore Wind Energy

to reduce deployment costs and timelines and provides a roadmap to support the growth and success of the industry, which could help enable 86 gigawatts of offshore wind in the U.S. by 2050.   The announcement of the report followed a tour of the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Wind Technology Testing Center (WTTC) by the two cabinet members, White House Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Dan Utech, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Director Abigail Hopper, the Energy Department’s Director of the Wind Energy Technologies Office Jose Zayas, and local

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