The first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in the United States will begin delivering power in 2023, off the coast of Massachusetts. And this December, the United States auctioned off the first-ever commercial leases to develop “floating” wind farm sites, in deep water off the California coast. More sites and auctions are expected to follow in Oregon, the Gulf of Maine, and elsewhere.
Dr. Rebecca Barthelmie is a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University and co-chief editor of the scientific journal Wind Energy. She can discuss topics including:
Where offshore wind sites and development projects are in the United States;
The pros and cons of “floating” offshore wind platforms in deeper waters;
The role of offshore wind in meeting U.S. electricity demand;
How offshore wind could help the U.S. meet its goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and
The environmental impacts of offshore wind development.
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