Most offshore wind turbines these days generate 3 to 4 megawatts; a Vestas model that should begin testing soon is an 8 MW monster.
Cape Wind and Siemens finalize a deal for 130, 3.6-megawatt wind turbines, and Siemens says a $100 million equity stake in the project is likely.
The Obama administration’s push to get offshore wind going in the United States moves to Maryland, where the governor is a big supporter.
Work reportedly has begun on Cape Wind, potentially qualifying the offshore wind project for a big tax credit, but its fate remains somewhat uncertain.
Giant offshore wind farms could do more than provide electricity. They could suck the life and the power out of hurricanes barreling toward those cities, too.
The United Kingdom is counting on massive new amounts of offshore wind power, but RWE says the planned 1,200-megawatt Atlantic Array is “uneconomic at this time.”
To meet its offshore wind power goals, the U.K. will need to figure out how to put turbines in deep water; a test center off Northumberland will help show the way.