Blowing in the Wind

By | Bronte Payne
Clean Energy Associate

2016 is shaping up to be a big year for offshore wind in the United States. Over the last several years, the Obama Administration has leased eleven commercial offshore wind energy areas, the Department of Energy and Department of Interior released the National Offshore Wind Strategy, Massachusetts made the largest commitment to offshore wind in the country at 1,600 megawatts and construction is complete on America’s first offshore wind project.  This week I joined clean energy advocates, offshore wind developers, supply-chain manufacturers, and state and national officials, to plan the strategies for taking clean energy to the next level.

News Release | Environment America

Federal and State Officials Unveil Plan for Offshore Wind in the U.S.

BOSTON, MA – Offshore wind in the United States is gaining momentum. Today, Secretary Moniz of the U.S. Department of Energy and Secretary Jewell of the U.S. Department of Interior were joined by state officials, national wind energy leaders and environmentalists to announce the release of the 2016 National Offshore Wind Strategy. The National Strategy touts the tremendous potential for offshore wind to meet our energy needs with pollution-free energy.  The updated plan recognized the improved outlook for offshore wind and aims for 86 GW of offshore wind to be developed by 2050.

News Release | Environment America

First offshore wind farm in U.S. to begin final construction phase

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Surrounded by monstrous blades and tower sections on the docks of the Port of Providence, Governor Gina Raimondo was joined by local elected leaders and clean energy advocates today to celebrate the final stages of construction of the nation’s first offshore wind farm.

News Release | Environment America

U.S. Senators introduce bill to promote offshore wind power

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today Sens. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced the Offshore Wind Incentives for New Development (WIND) Act, which would extend the 30 percent Investment Tax Credit for offshore wind through the year 2025.

Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

We Have the Power

An economy powered by 100 percent renewable energy is within our reach. First, we can reduce the total amount of energy we use through improved efficiency, even as our economy continues to grow. Second, we can tap America’s virtually inexhaustible supplies of energy from the wind, the sun, the land and the oceans. 

News Release | Environment America

Obama Administration Opens the Door for Offshore Wind Power in New York State

Washington, DC- Today the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, announced its finalization of the first Wind Energy Area off the coast of New York. The Wind Energy Area is located approximately 11 miles off the coast of Long Island and totals about 81,130 acres.

Another Big Development in the 100% Clean Energy Movement

By | Rob Sargent
Energy Program Director

We know we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for kids growing up today. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That’s got to start with a commitment to 100% clean, renewable energy.  

We know that we can have healthier communities right now and a livable future for kids growing up today. But to get there, we must transform the way we produce and consume energy. That’s got to start with a commitment to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

Renewable Energy Made Over Half of Total Added Capacity in 2015

By | Rob Sargent
Energy Program Director

Now, more than ever, it appears 100% renewable energy generation is within our grasp. The numbers are piling up in our favor. In a report recently released by SNL energy, new energy capacity added in the United States in 2015 leaned heavily on clean sources. Overall in the US, wind and solar made up 61% of new energy capacity in 2015.

Report | Environment America Research and Policy Center

Turning to the Wind

Wind power continues to grow as a source of clean energy across America. The United States generated 26 times more electricity from wind power in 2014 than it did in 2001. American wind power has already significantly reduced global warming pollution. In 2014 alone, wind-generated electricity averted an estimated 143 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions – as much as would be produced by 37 typical coal-fired power plants. With America’s massive potential for wind energy on land and off our coasts, wind power can play a key role in meeting the emission reduction targets of the recently adopted Clean Power Plan and moving the nation toward a future of 100 percent renewable electricity.

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