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That hissing sound is windmills destroying tax dollars – HotAir

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Nothing more horrifying than a cheery tweet from the energy secretary first thing in the morning. Especially when it contains the trio of bad news for taxpayers from one of the densest members of the Biden administration’s stable of lackluster cabinet dummies:

1) Green energy

2) Unions

3) Federal incentives, also known as tax dollars

They’ve finally held much-anticipated wind rental auctions on parts of California’s pristine coastline and the sharks are already circling in anticipation. It’s still going to take a while, though.

…Jeff Hunerlach, a construction union leader based in Humboldt County, doesn’t represent any marine workers – but he expects a windfall of new jobs for his members from two wind turbine clusters planned on floating platforms 20 miles offshore.

while the turbines unlikely to generate power for another decade, the transformation of 80 acres of waterfront land in the Humboldt into a hub for offshore wind operators and their vessels is imminent following a federal lease auction earlier this month. Similar work will be needed at Morro Bay, onshore from three sets of wind turbines.

…Substantial new waterfront infrastructure will be needed in Humboldt and Morro Bay to bring electricity from offshore wind turbines to shore, where it will power homes, electric vehicles and industry.

…Efforts to develop the new industry will create jobs while providing federal incentives for developers to invest in coastal communities where new infrastructure will be needed.

Morro Bay is a really beautiful place. I’m wondering what this “new substantial sea ​​shore infrastructure” all this implies. Maybe the greens won’t be so thrilled about it when the tractors arrive?

Meanwhile, plans are in place for a 3GW wind farm, built with quite radical technology for the unique off-shore requirements of the West Coast. Basically the problem is that it falls off a cliff into the depths, not a smooth decline like most of the East Coast. So they’re going to use floating platforms tied to the bottom of the sea.

…Offshore wind farming on the west coast is complicated by the proximity of the coast to the steep continental shelf. The viable waters for wind farming are too deep for the towers that house the majority of offshore turbines around the world. California wind farms will to be among the first in the world to float on giant platforms tethered to the seabed and connected to land via electrical cables.

“Floating platforms are going through a period of great innovation,” said Stephanie McClellan, executive director of the nonprofit Turn Forward, which aims to accelerate construction of offshore wind farms nationally. Oil and gas drillers already use floating turbines, and some of these designs are being adapted for wind farms.

“We’re starting to see a variety of different innovations, a lot of different designs,” said McClellan. “Let’s start to see which ones will rise to the top in terms of usage.”

While floating technology is essential for wind turbine construction along the California coast, it can in many ways be superior to the fixed tower turbines that currently dominate the industry.

That’s because building further offshore, where floating technology would be needed even along the east coast and along other shallower coasts, achieves stronger winds and reduces potential conflicts with fishing fleets. It could also alleviate concerns from residents and tour operators about the impacts of wind farms on ocean views. “There are higher wind speeds in deeper water,” McLellan said.


The whole concept sounds pretty wild because I know how monstrous the Pacific is and how huge the waves can be when she’s pissed off – just ask any US Sailor or PacFleet Marine. Epic stuff. And according to a new charter from the wind energy industry, it’s still not even a “thing” – they call it “maturing.”

…Several moves in 2022 point to a new frontier for offshore wind in the US: floating turbines for deeper water.

It’s a maturing area of ​​anchoring turbines to the seabed without using steel jackets or monopiles, still in its infancy, even in Europe, where offshore wind has developed faster than in the US. Much of the global offshore wind potential will need to be explored, such as in the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Maine and new areas of the Atlantic.

You can count the number of turbines on the floating side on two hands.”, said Milito. “So this is not an extremely mature technology, but it is a technology that is installed and ready to go. It’s proven, it’s viable, and it’s something that will become commercial quickly.”

In a nod to the need and demand for floating technology, the Biden administration has committed to raising 15GW of floating offshore wind power by 2035, a goal designed to accelerate maturation.

The announcement came with a research and development initiative housed at the Department of Energy aiming to reduce the cost of developing floating offshore wind power by 70% by 2035. The DOE aims to reach $45 per megawatt hour for offshore wind power floating.

BOEM highlighted U.S. interest in buoyant wind, again, when it cleared mid-Atlantic wind farms located much farther offshore than the first leases sold and in some of the deepest water yet for federal lease.

We were quite surprised to see areas depths of up to 2,000 meters. It’s really taking the next step in terms of deepwater applications and challenges,” said Nørgaard.

So, did the Biden administration release lease maps before checking with industry that they had the technology to utilize the lease area? Is this what I’m reading here? Talk about your confidence builder. 2K meters is about a mile and a quarter for the metric challenged like me. That’s one heckuva rope, before the storm permits. That went to the Atlantic.

During the public comment period for the Morro Bay lease, the Federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management had two proposed lease sites comprising a 396 square mile stretch.

…on plans to install hundreds of floating wind turbines across a 396 square mile (240,898 acre) ocean area, providing nearly 3 gigawatts (GW) of power.

BOEM is working on a lease auction for the so-called “Morro Bay Wind Power Area”, located 17-20 miles off the coast of San Simeon. A similar lease sale on the East Coast recently raised more than $1 billion.

…EA’s project definition offers two size options — Option 1 is 255,000 acres and Option 2 is 240,000 acres. The two options also vary in water depth, with Option 1 going from 800 to 1,300 meters deep and Option 2 from 900 to 1,300 meters.

There are many windmills in deep water.

There is another wrinkle. No one has touched the foundation of the fishermen or Native American tribes who work these waters and revere these pristine beaches.

“We’re going to invest billions of dollars in something that we really don’t know what the impact is going to be,” said Dick Ogg, a commercial fisherman of crab, yellowfin, black cod and rockfish. He lives in Bodega Bay but hunts salmon from the state’s north coast all the way south to Morro Bay, which is another quiet part of California where an infrastructure boom is planned to get electricity from offshore wind turbines to onshore power customers. “We would like to see a smaller project.”

Fishing fleets across the country are angry over what they say is a lack of consultation with them by wind developers and the federal government, with hundreds of lobster catchers in Maine taking part in protests over the plans there. Tribes also say their members are being ignored.

“We’re asking developers to simply see us for what we are: sovereign nations,” said Frankie Myers, vice president of the Yurok tribe, who for thousands of years lived on the redwood coast and along the Klamath River in what is now northwest Africa. California.

Yurok tribal leaders had spoken to half a dozen potential developers ahead of the California offshore wind auction, but Myers said they had not been consulted by RWE or the other auction winners.

…”The last thing we want to do is destroy the environment in the process of trying to save it.” Myers said. “This enthusiastic approach to having a single goal is exactly how it happens. We have to look into this. We have to weigh each step. This is what we do as tribal people.”

RWE’s Eaton said the company avoided involvement with groups such as fishing fleets and tribes in California until it won a lease at auction. “We are prepared to start these dialogues very soon,” he said.

I don’t have much hope that the fishing industry will have any influence or impact on the future of this project, but the tribes might be a horse of a different color and might be able to throw a wrench if they don’t. t get the right answers. Talk about lip service. Amazing how Democrats care about minorities until they interfere with their pet projects. So they might get a condolence card after they get hit if they get any recognition.

This is all part and parcel of allowing our future to be hijacked while destroying our standard of living by people who are generalizing beliefs like these:

…”The biggest barrier is lack of imagination,” Griffith [ Saul Griffith, an entrepreneur who’s sold companies to Google and Autodesk and has written books on mass electrification] told CNBC in a video interview from Australia, where he currently lives. “So everybody thinks, ‘Well, I’m not very willing to do this, because I don’t know how it’s going to go. And maybe it’s terrible.’”

So what would a 100% renewable energy world look like, according to Griffith?

“It will look like every house has solar power on the roof. There will be solar energy in all parking structures. Some roads will likely have solar panels raised in the middle of the road. And every time you go driving in the countryside, you’ll see some wind somewhere on the horizon,” Griffith said.

“And otherwise, the future is going to look a lot like this.”

…“In Norway, you cannot buy a gasoline vehicle after 2025. This creates a huge market certainty. Everyone knows when this will happen, what do you have to do”, said Griffith.

The Inflation Reduction Act in August 2022 was full of incentives to boost renewable energies, but did not impose any firm date to phase out fossil fuel generation.

“It doesn’t send a very clear signal to utilities that, ‘No, you can no longer install natural gas networks to heat homes. No, you can’t do this or that or that.’ So I think more regulatory and legislative certainty would help America a lot,” said Griffith.

Until then, it will continue to be cheaper and easier to keep doing things the same old way.

What do you have to do.

See, the thing is, Saul, friend – we don’t I have to do none of that.