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Wind Power: Changing the Way We Live off the Earth

(Photo: Oceana)

Earth Day has us contemplating our relationship with the blue planet in years to come. Last week, the latest report on climate change from the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) laid down some stark truths for world: If we don’t make changes to the way we live off the planet’s resources right now, future generations will struggle immensely in order to effectively undo the damage that humans are causing in the present.


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New York, the New Windy City?

(Photo: Oceana)

Nobody who lived through it will ever forget the devastating impact of Superstorm Sandy.  Strong storm surges flooded lower Manhattan, destroyed homes and businesses, and wreaked havoc along the entire coastline of the surrounding tri-state area. The storm caused an estimated $68 billion in damage, making it one of the most costly storms in United States history. Only Hurricane Katrina was worse. Today, more than a year later, many areas in the region are still recovering.


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Senate Finance Committee Votes to Extend the ITC for Offshore Wind

(Photo: Oceana)

The Senate Finance committee gave a strong bipartisan show of support for domestic offshore wind energy yesterday by voting to extend the critical investment tax credit. This vote resurrects a crucial incentive for this nascent clean energy industry and offers a great chance to catapult the industry into the mainstream and allow companies to plan successful projects that take advantage of the nation’s vast offshore wind potential.


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One Step Closer to Offshore Wind

(Photo: Nuon)

Call it a victory for offshore wind on the East Coast! Block Island, off the coast of Rhode Island, cleared a major regulatory hurdle as it qualified for a vital federal tax credit by signing an agreement with Alstom to purchase turbines. Clean energy will now come to the grid quicker than previously anticipated, and we will be on our way to a long-term renewable energy source never before witnessed in the U.S.


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Hitting the Panic Button: 25 Senators Call For an Extension of Vital Clean Energy Tax Incentives

Turbines in Europe. (Photo: Nick Treby)

On Monday, 25 U.S. Senators joined the growing chorus of voices calling for an extension of vital clean energy tax credits that are set to expire in two weeks unless Congress acts.


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Offshore Wind Needs a Boost from Congress

(Photo: Boris Dzhingarov)

Like so many of us, Oceana has seen the damage that the drilling for and burning of fossil fuels can do to the health of our oceans and marine life. In fact, just last May, for the first time in history, the Earth’s atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached 400 parts per million (ppm). This ominous milestone is a stark reminder of what our stubborn dependence on fossil fuels is doing to our planet. Such dangerous levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are bringing us ever closer to the point of no return, and we are already witnessing its disastrous effects.


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Clean Energy’s Sleeping Giant Awakens

(Photo: Kim Hansen)

Last week, Oceana partnered with the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) in putting on their annual Offshore WindPower Conference and Exhibition in Providence, Rhode Island. The conference was a complete success and it was clear for any attendee that offshore wind energy, one of the most abundant clean energy resources, is finally starting to take off in the U.S.


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The Promising Future of Offshore Wind Power

Offshore wind farms, like this one in England, can harness a clean and infinite source of energy. (Photo: Nuon)

 

Oceana is a proud event partner of the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Offshore WindPower Conference and Exhibition, which will take place on October 22-23 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. I will be attending the conference, along with our very own Matt Huelsenbeck, to raise the profile of Oceana’s work in promoting offshore wind development and to learn about the latest developments in the industry.


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Offshore Wind Development Expands Along Virginia’s Coast

Offshore wind turbines can help stop deadly drilling disasters like the 2010 Gulf Oilspill. (Photo: phault) 

 

We have some exciting news to share on our efforts to promote renewable energy: today the United States Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) leased almost 113,000 acres off the coast of Virginia for wind energy development in a live auction.


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Historic Day for Offshore Wind! First-Ever U.S. Offshore Wind Lease Sale in New England

Offshore wind turbines off Walney Island in the Irish Sea. l Photo: Andy Dingley

Big news for offshore wind! Yesterday, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held the first-ever competitive offshore wind lease sale in the U.S. off the coasts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The Wind Energy Area, located 9.2 nautical miles offshore, covers about 164,750 acres and is divided into two lease areas, referred to as the North Lease Area, and the South Lease Area, which cover 97,500 and 67,250 acres, respectively. This is an important and momentous step towards developing a clean, abundant energy source in the U.S.


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