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Wed Jul 24, 2013, 07:47 PM

Virginia’s Coastline Could Soon Be Home To 2GW Of Offshore Wind

http://cleantechnica.com/2013/07/24/virginia-coastline-could-soon-be-generating-2gw-of-offshore-wind/

DOI announced this week it will hold America’s second-ever competitive lease sale for offshore wind on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) September 4th, for 112,800 acres in a prime development zone 23.5 miles from Virginia Beach.

The announcement comes one week before DOI’s first competitive offshore wind lease auction is held for 164,750 acres for development off the coasts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island on July 31st, an event Interior Secretary Jewell has said could set the pace for future auctions.

“The competitive lease sale offshore Virginia will mark an important transition from planning to action when it comes to capturing the enormous clean energy potential offered by Atlantic wind,” said Secretary Jewell. “Responsible commercial wind energy development has the potential to create jobs, increase our energy security, and strengthen our nation’s competitiveness.”

America’s coastal waters hold enormous wind energy potential – roughly 1,300 gigawatts (GW), according to a 2012 estimate. Even harnessing a realistic fraction of this potential could generate 52GW of clean electricity, while creating 300,000 green jobs and $200 billion in economic activity.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 08:03 PM

1. What does a cat IV storm

do to offshore windmills?

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Response to pscot (Reply #1)

Wed Jul 24, 2013, 10:00 PM

2. Probably nothing.

Unlike nuclear plants they have to get insurance on the open market, which means that they have to be designed for their environment.

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Response to pscot (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 04:44 PM

4. General Electrics 4Mw offshore model was tested in the North Sea for 5 years.

I think it can handle what ever the East coast dishes up.

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Response to jpak (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 04:41 PM

3. These turbines likely will hook up to the AWC

Atlantic Wind Connection, a 360 mile long undersea HVDC cable. In aggregate, we're talking about the largest offshore wind farm in the world= 7 gigs. Expandable to 28 gigs.

KnR... thanks for the good news.

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