Washington (Gallant Gold Media Hill Report | Analysis | August 8, 2019)
by Noreen Wise
On Tuesday August 6, 2018, a new tariff went into effect undermining offshore wind power during winters in the Northeast, in support of oil.
Winters on the New England shoreline poses a challenge to solar energy due to snow accumulation on solar panels. Although solar energy storage can cover most winter scenarios, states committed to cutting carbon have been researching a backup plan for those areas that are often blasted by snow bombs with high accumulations. Most of these states have turned to European allies and learned the significant benefits of offshore wind farms.
- Offshore wind speeds are faster than land wind speeds, so supply more energy
- Wind holds steady offshore versus on land, and thus more reliable
- Offshore wind can provide local energy to our most populated cities
- No carbon emissions, no solution, doesn’t need water to produce
- Producers are quickly trying to lower the price, and states with high tourism and coastal property values need to make sure the wind farms are far enough offshore not to create a negative economic impact
In an effort to undermine green energy, Trump’s Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) granted compensation for storage the oil and nuclear energy sectors, but not for wind, dramatically altering the costs of winter energy and impacting the coastal states that are working so hard to transition to green energy sources.
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