President Barack Obama’s goal of developing 80% of the total power required for the country from clean energy sources by 2035 is getting the thumbs up from the federal agencies as well as the administration.
Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar together on Monday proposed a plan to set up a network of wind turbines off the Eastern seacoast by this year end. For this the government will sanction $50.5 million towards R&D in next five years.
The outer continental shelf off of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia has already been flagged as probable sites. The agencies on the prowl will identify suitable areas off Massachusetts, Rhode Island and North Carolina by this spring itself.
Officials are expecting to plot locations in the Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico, the Great Lakes and off Hawaii to produce 10 Gw in offshore wind capacity by the end of the decade and 54 Gw by 2030. The potential facilities might be leased out as early as the year end.
Huge cost, technical challenge, problems in setting up transmission and lack of site information are some of the major hurdles en route to a successful project, which the officials duly obliged.
Currently, there are no offshore wind farms in the U.S and the proposed project has received support from Google alongside strong protests from coastal residents who fear that the fishing and scenery could be disturbed.