Atlantic wind power backbone plan expands.
NYTimes reports that the application from the Atlantic Wind Connection to develop an offshore wind backbone in the Atlantic was filed on Tuesday. It appears that the plan has grown in scope, both with more area involved and a possible connection to Manhattan.
There is also an alternative wind power plan by a group called Blue Water Wind that is expected to file soon. Now the government will solicitate alternative plans.
Offshore wind is one of the most expensive forms of power right now, even as land based wind is one of the cheapest (less expensive than nuclear). It is possible that the establishment of an offshore transmission system making it easier and cheap to add wind capacity could greatly affect this disparity. Several large wind companies are now actively competing in designs of large offshore wind turbines. Vestas recently unveiled the "Goliath of Wind Turbines" this last week.
This turbine will rise 135 meters (443 feet) above the waves, and feature a rotor blade that measures a full 80 meters (262 feet) (EnergyWise). It would be a 7 MW turbine, where existing offshore turbines max out at 5 MW.
Vestas now has built a total capacity of 1407 MW in offshore wind. This accounts for about 43 percent of the world market.
I think renewables are going to have a big move up over the next 2 years. The combined effects of less austerity programs, larger tax revenues, anti-nuclear and anti-coal = lots of funding for renewables and subsidies to drive development, along with permits to use land and water to build new sites.