US Dept. of the Interior to expand offshore energy research

Clean Power Now praises the MMS clean air decision

   The Danes have been using wind instead of coal for 15 years, and that may soon be America's choice as well.

Majority of Proposed Projects Involve Wind Energy

The local, 10,000 member advocacy group, Clean Power Power, (CPN) has written the Minerals Management Service at the United States Department of the Interior, lauding its decision to push further in search of alternative energy sources offshore.  That department is mandated with creating conditions for acceptance by the federal government of the Cape Wind project proposed six miles offshore in Nantucket Sound.

CPN members have made several trips to Denmark to study the benefits of offshore wind farms to that country's economy and tourism. Above a sailboat with CPN members sails through one of those farms.
That grassroots organization Executive Director, Barbara Hill, said, "We are very excited to see the Federal Minerals Management Service move forward on offshore renewable energy research."

"The fact that the majority of research proposals involve wind energy is proof that projects like Cape Wind are viable solutions to the energy crisis."

The Department of the Interior's Minerals Management Service has designated five offshore areas in New Jersey, Delaware, Georgia, Florida and California as priority areas for renewable energy research. Ten of the sixteen potential projects are related to wind energy.

"Cape Wind was the first proposed offshore clean energy project, and without the diligent efforts by all parties on Cape Wind we would not have the process in place to begin research on other offshore renewable energy sources," said Hill.  "Offshore energy, especially wind power, is an important resource and we hope to see many more clean energy projects like Cape Wind in the future."

The announcement was made at a Global Marine Renewable Energy conference in New York, and it came at the close the public comment period on the MMS environmental impact report on the Cape Wind project. The MMS report found no major negative impacts from the Cape Wind project.

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