NE Offshore Wind Turbine Agenda Devastated

Supply chain, inflation, interest rates ,lawsuits, appeals, transmission lines 

One of seven offshore wind companies south of Massachusetts facing supply chain issues dropped its installation goals until perhaps next year. The increase in interest and high inflation rates have created the need to renegotiate contracts before any steel goes in the water.
Two major international ocean wind turbine manufacturers recently squared off in a Massachusetts federal court over patent infringement.   
On September 7, 2022 a Boston federal judge barred one wind company from making and selling its wind turbines in the United States, after a jury found in June 2022 that the turbines infringed a patent owned by the rival company. The judge said the ban was entitled because of a significant market share loss based on the infringement.
As of September 30, 2022 one company argued that the jury in the federal trial made an  "irreconcilably inconsistent" finding in the federal patent infringement. 
Offshore wind companies also face opposition from local residents in Rhode Island and Massachusetts over the installation of high voltage buried cables through their neighborhoods. The offshore wind companies have asked the states to bypass local town health and zoning board regulations. It's cheaper to go by land to the electric grid rather than run an ocean submarine cable to Boston from the offshore wind sites. 
Falmouth, Massachusetts a proposed buried cable route was involved with ten years of land based residential wind turbine litigation in which case turbines were demolished last month.   
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) a federal agency applies a four-phase process in the authorization of an offshore wind development: 1) Planning and Analysis; 2) Leasing; 3) Site assessment; and 4) Construction and Operation. Any major changes to ocean wind plans need to be revised through the agency in a timely fashion. 
Twenty years ago an ocean wind company spent 50 million on a project that was proposed off the coast of  Cape Cod Massachusetts. The company failed to meet construction deadlines, financing dropped and was denied permission to build an electric transmission line onshore.  

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Comment by Frank Haggerty on October 28, 2022 at 10:39am

GE Renewable Energy 'to lose $2bn in 2022'

"GE expects its renewable energy arm to lose about $2bn in 2022 after posting a deficit approaching $1bn in a third quarter alone that showed the massive pressures facing the US giant’s wind power operation.
“We’ve all been disappointed with our year to date performance," said CEO Larry Culp on an earnings call, referring to renewables.
GE Renewable Energy lost $934m in the three months to September 30, including the impact of $500m of warranty and related reserves, lower volume in its key onshore wind business and inflationary pressures across the board."
Comment by Willem Post on October 28, 2022 at 8:57am

Almost NOTHING of in the basement, demented, Biden’s 30,000 MW of 850 ft tall OFFSHORE wind turbines will be built by 2030, because of:

high interest rates

high inflation rates

high materials prices, especially scarce rare earth metals controlled mainly by China, as are materials for solar panels and EV battery materials 

high labor prices

costly supply chain disruptions

costly multi-year litigation

grassroots opposition 

damage to marine life, due to electro- magnetic effects of cables, and underwater infrasound of wind turbines

damage to fishing communities, due to a lack of fish; it moved elsewhere or died out


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Maine Center For Public Interest Reporting – Three Part Series: A CRITICAL LOOK AT MAINE’S WIND ACT


(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.”

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Hannah Pingree on the Maine expedited wind law

Hannah Pingree - Director of Maine's Office of Innovation and the Future

"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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