Wind Turbines Key to U.S. Energy Plan

Wed, 2012-03-07 10:22

As President Obama emphasized in his State of the Union address, the U.S. must become a nation that’s “built to last,” implementing sustainable practices that will secure our future energy needs. With decreasing dependency on foreign oil, alternative energy solutions, such as wind turbines, are beginning to flourish across the country. Recently, the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) announced its plans to implement a six-year, $180M initiative to drive offshore wind turbine development. The project will support up to four wind farms off the coast of the U.S. and will overcome the key challenges to offshore turbines, such as installing the offshore turbines and connecting them to a power grid.

Of the annual $20M allocated to the project, the majority of funds will cover the project’s design costs, with the remainder being utilized for hardware and installation costs. Plans to diversify the country’s energy supply will result in more than 4,000GW of power along the coast of the U.S., spanning the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Great Lakes. According to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the funding “will help to catalyze the development of offshore wind in America, supporting U.S. innovators as they seek to design and demonstrate next generation wind energy technologies.”

“These investments are critical to ensuring that America remains competitive in this growing global industry that can drive new manufacturing, construction, installation, and operation jobs across the country,” he added.

To carry out the program, the DoE said it will be working closely with partners across the federal government to “implement a comprehensive offshore wind energy strategy, conduct resource assessments, and streamline sitting and permitting.” With the growing energy demands in the U.S., the development of offshore turbines is a step forward in alternative energy solutions. A skilled workforce, trained in wind energy, will, therefore, be immensely important in carrying out the program’s objectives.

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By Peter J. Bock

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