Great - There Goes the Pacific: Feds Advance Plan for Offshore Wind Near US territories

The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is requesting ideas for baseline environmental and socioeconomic studies regarding potential offshore wind energy activities in the US territories.

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BOEM is also inviting entities in the US territories that have the capabilities, expertise, and interest in carrying out environmental monitoring and conducting studies. 

To formally request ideas for baseline environmental and socioeconomic studies, the bureau has issued a request for letters of interest as well as a request for information to determine which entities in the US territories have the required capabilities. The deadline for responding to the LOI and RFI is August 23, 2024.

The US territories fall outside of the Lower 48 states, Alaska, and Hawaii. The US has five inhabited territories – American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

Beege Welborn

First, ever seen a Pacific typhoon in action?

Second, if getting turbines up a couple of miles off New Jersey is prohibitively expensive, and repairing them off the English Coast is bankrupting companies headquartered a couple hundred miles away, I cannot begin to imagine what the construction tab - not even the maintenance - will be for turbines and infrastructure 5000 miles on an atoll in the middle of the Pacific.

I sense a post coming...

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