First offshore wind energy project in the US on track to generate electricitySeptember 8, 2016
Progress on first US offshore wind energy system is being made
The first offshore wind energy system in the United States is on track to begin generating electricity. The wind farm is being built by Deepwater Wind and is taking form off the coast of Rhode Island. Offshore wind farms have faced opposition in the United States in the past. Many have questioned the environmental impact of these energy projects, expressing concern that offshore wind turbines could damage marine life. In recent years, however, offshore wind has gathered significant support, becoming a very promising form of renewable energy in the United States.
Offshore project costs approximately $300 million
The offshore wind energy system in Rhode Island costs approximately $300 million. The first five turbines of the wind farm were recently installed, following more than a year of construction on the wind farm itself. Once the wind farm begins generating electricity, it will be the first of its kind in the United States to do so. The wind farm will generate electricity and transmit this energy back to the mainland, which is located 15 miles away. The distance of the wind farm away from the mainland has allowed the project to avoid some of the criticisms that are often levied against wind farms. This criticism concerns how large wind turbines have a negative impact on the visual aesthetic of nature.
Offshore wind farms are becoming more popular
Offshore wind energy has become very attractive in recent years. Wind farms located at sea can take advantage of strong wind currents, which are unabated by physical landscapes. Because of this, offshore wind farms have the potential to generate more electricity than their onshore counterparts. The problem with this, however, is that offshore systems are considerably more expensive than onshore systems. Offshore wind turbines also have many logistical challenges when it comes to installations. This has made offshore wind farms relatively unattractive for those interested in renewable energy.
Support for wind energy is on the rise
Offshore wind energy is expected to become more popular in the United States in the coming years. Offshore projects have managed to acquire more financial support recently, allowing these projects to take form more quickly. As this financial support continues to grow, wind projects will likely become more common, replacing more traditional forms of energy that produce harmful emissions.