By Mark Rodgers, Cape Wind Communications Director
"The Atlantic coastline is at the epicenter of America's energy and environmental challenges, with state leaders currently facing critical decisions to meet the region's growing energy demands and protect our communities and wildlife from the impacts of climate change. The cities, metropolitan areas and sprawling suburbs that stretch along the East Coast have a massive, pollution-free energy source ready to meet these challenges -- offshore wind."
This is the opening of a new important report from the National Wildlife Federation, "Catching The Wind", that documents the compelling energy, environmental and economic benefits that offshore wind can uniquely provide to urban areas of the U.S. east coast. In particular, the report explores how offshore wind tends to produce during peak electric demand hours and how it will help provide both economic development and substantial 'price suppression' effects in the wholesale electric markets.
There is also another new report by Richard Tabors of the Newton Energy Group that uses sophisticated computer modeling to study in detail the substantial price suppression effects that blocks of offshore wind would provide from the Massachusetts Wind Energy Area (south of the islands), of up to $348 million per year. The report also finds offshore wind power from this area would substantially reduce regional pollution emissions.
For more information on these reports:
In other news, this weekend National Public Radio aired an excellent update on Cape Wind. Steve Curwood of Living On Earth interviewed Ken Kimmell, President of the Union of Concerned Scientists. Ken discussed the importance of Cape Wind securing a conditional loan guarantee from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Click here to listen to or read the NPR interview.