Offshore Vineyard Wind is Un-American

Offshore Vineyard Wind is Un-American

Courting foreign energy companies’ entry into the offshore renewable energy market undermines our energy goals.  

“Instead of relying on foreign oil and foreign energy, we are now relying on American energy and American workers like never before.”

President Donald J. Trump

President Trump’s energy policies are laudable.  And, his accomplishments in the U.S. energy, and other sectors, are impressive.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/trump-administration-accomplishments/

While, the U.S. presently courts foreign-owned renewable energy companies.  Specifically, Vineyard Wind, that would create “green” jobs in Spain, Italy, Denmark, China and the Netherlands, funded by U.S. taxpayers.

Scott Farmelant, Vineyard Wind  Public Relations, provides evidence of the foreign ownership of Vineyard Wind:

“Vineyard Wind is a stand alone joint venture co-owned by two corporate partners, with one being Avangrid Renewables, the other being Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners.” 

Vineyard Wind parent companies include the investment arm of Pensions Denmark, and Avangrid that is Iberdrola of Spain, (2009 biggest stimulus winner- Iberdrola).

https://www.iberdrola.com/about-us/lines-business/flagship-projects/vineyard-wind-offshore-wind-farm

Vineyard Wind poses a threat to U.S. fishing industry jobs and marine tradesmen.

“This is a losing proposition for the fishing industry- big time," said Lanny Dellinger, who is the chair of the state's fisheries advisory board...”

https://turnto10.com/news/local/rhode-island-fishing-professionals-worry-offshore-wind-farm-could-harm-the-industry

Vineyard Wind is a foreign-owned, U.S. taxpayer-funded, generator of jobs overseas.

“Windar Renovables has been awarded the contract to manufacture, certify, assemble, inspect, store and supply the elements for the [Vineyard Wind] wind farm's 84 foundations...”

Thusly, Vineyard Wind would create 400-500 jobs in Asturias, Spain, (with US taxpayers’ multi-millions’ in stimulus, again; (2009 biggest stimulus winner- Iberdrola).

https://www.iberdrola.com/about-us/lines-business/flagship-projects/vineyard-wind-offshore-wind-farm

“Vineyard Wind named MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as the preferred wind turbine supplier for the project.”

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind A/S

Dusager 4

8200 Aarhus N

Denmark

Vineyard Wind would create manufacturing jobs in Denmark.

http://www.mhivestasoffshore.com/vineyard-wind-selects-mhi-vestas-as-preferred-supplier/

‘Vineyard Wind: Heerema participates in largest US offshore wind project’

riday, 12 July, 2019 - 11:15

“Heerema marine contractors installing a monopile“

”Dutch offshore contractor Heerema has been assigned to help build the first and largest commercial offshore wind farm in the United States. The prestigious 'Vineyard Wind LLC' project is the nation's first utility-scale offshore wind energy project.

The contract for Heerema comprises in the (offshore) transport and installation (T&I) of 84 foundations consisting of monopiles and transition pieces and appurtenant ESP platforms in the Northeast of the US near the island of Martha's Vineyard..”

https://www.offshorewindindustry.com/news/vineyard-wind-heerema-participates-largest-us

“Vineyard Wind has entered into an agreement with Italian company Prysmian Group worth 200 million euros to design, manufacture, install and commission the submarine cabling system that will connect the offshore wind farm with the Continental US power transmission grid. The project will require a total of 134 kilometres of high voltage alternating current electric cable...”

To create jobs in Italy and China with U.S. taxpayers’ dollars. 

https://www.iberdrola.com/about-us/lines-business/flagship-projects/vineyard-wind-offshore-wind-farm

Vineyard Wind will likely create cable manufacturing jobs in China-

“Luigi Migliorini, CEO of Prysmian Group China, added that “Prysmian Group can now offer a wide range of cable technologies and products, including Extra High Voltage and High Voltage cable systems, as well as Medium Voltage and Fire Resistant cables, from 6kV to 500kV. The new plant will be capable of producing all the main designs available in the HV systems sector”.

https://www.prysmiangroup.com/en/stories/corporate/

“Denmark’s Bladt Industries has signed a contract with the US-based Vineyard Wind LLC for fabrication and delivery of an offshore substation for the 800MW Vineyard Wind offshore wind farm...”

“Bladt Industries will execute the project in cooperation with Semco Maritime and ISC Engineering. The design is already underway by ISC Engineering and the electrical system will be performed by Semco Maritime...”

https://www.offshorewind.biz/2019/06/26/vineyard-wind-selects-offshore-substation-team/

Semco Maritime A/S

Esbjerg Brygge 30

6700 Esbjerg

Denmark

https://www.semcomaritime.com/en-en

The proposed offshore wind project, Vineyard Wind, is un-American.

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  • Barbara Durkin

    We need to expose these rent-seekers who don’t care if we face fuel poverty because they will destroy our economy, Penny.  They need, and have, their friends in government.  Let’s expose them, too.  Hopefully, green pols will be voted out of office, ASAP!  

  • Barbara Durkin

    Sen. John Cronyn appears to be a great contact team make.  

    “The ongoing congressional discussions, led by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), aim to expand the scope of CFIUS and give it oversight over more types of transactions...”

    It appears Committee on Foreign Investments in the U.S. (CFIUS) is looking at a Mayflower Wind partner, EDP.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-03-13/everybody-wants-...

    “The Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS) generally focuses on foreign investments in U.S. companies that could pose a risk to national security.


    —meaning companies that do business with large firms with strategically important technologies. The ongoing congressional discussions, led by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), aim to expand the scope of CFIUS and give it oversight over more types of transactions...”

    Good piece on China’s influence on Europe. 

    https://carnegieendowment.org/2018/05/23/on-chinese-investment-and-...

  • Roy Pentland

    An excellent article Barbara. I have read it before, and all of the links. I have learned much from your work and that has enabled me to start tackling wind energy from the engineering aspect.