A US offshore wind pioneer, Vineyard Wind’s Rachel Pachter is in charge of developing Vineyard Wind I, the US’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project. Energy Monitor sat down to talk to her.
The availability of land and sea – and consent to use them – is the biggest bottleneck renewables face, says Mads Nipper, CEO of Ørsted, the world's biggest offshore wind developer, in conversation with Energy Monitor. He also stresses the critical role of grids and hydrogen.
Massive offshore wind farms are being built across Asia, Europe and the Americas – but the world still only has 2% of the capacity that will be needed for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions in 2050.
California is well behind global leaders and the US East Coast in advancing offshore wind energy, but Governor Gavin Newsom has just signed long-overdue legislation to jump-start the industry in the state.
The US states of Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia have signed a pact to collaborate on offshore wind development. The regional partnership is a potential model to avoid zero-sum, state-by-state competition and build a larger US market.
Vast offshore generation is not a goal in itself, costs for new ‘transit' infrastructure need redistributing and hydrogen needs a business case, says Christian Zinglersen, director of the EU agency promoting cooperation among energy regulators.
By strengthening its renewable energy supply chain and plugging its skills gap, the UK can create jobs for many of those made redundant during the pandemic, say the European Climate Foundation and EY-Parthenon.
Lower capital expenditure, longer lifetimes and higher capacity will drive down the cost of all forms of wind power significantly in Europe by 2050, says Brussels-based trade association WindEurope.
Falling costs boosted growth in offshore wind globally in 2020, with Asia-Pacific moving ahead of the rest of the world, reports market intelligence company the Renewables Consulting Group.
The world will not run out of minerals any time soon, and while developing domestic supply chains makes sense, this will not make or break the energy transition.
Brown coal kills 32.8 people per terawatt hour (TWh) of power generated, versus 0.02 deaths per TWh of solar power.