Wind energy has hit economic headwinds in the U.S.

The actual headline is below. Perhaps it's correct to characterize offshore wind as young (in the U.S.) but not the wind industry. The Production Tax Credit (PTC), which constitutes a sizable part of the corporate welfare upon which the wind industry is built, came about in the early 1990's. Based on that, wind is anything but a young industry. The PTC when introduced, was defined as a TEMPORARY giveaway. However, whenever it has been set to expire, the wind developers have gotten down on their knees, pleading like beggars, or more accurately, junkies, and persuaded lawmakers to grant an extension. The media of course never calls them out on this. Without the extraordinary amounts of corporate welfare it receives, the wind industry would die in very short order.

The young industry of wind energy has hit economic headwinds in the U.S.

By David Boraks,
Miriam Wasser - WBUR
Published December 6, 2023


The U.S. wind industry made history today. Officials announced that an 800-foot-tall wind turbine off the coast of New York is now sending electricity to the grid, making it the first commercial-scale offshore wind project to power U.S. homes. The Biden administration is banking big on wind energy, with the goal of powering millions of homes by 2030. But so far, fewer than 10 turbines are working, and the young industry here in the U.S. has hit some economic headwinds, so to speak. WFAE's David Boraks and WBUR'S Miriam Wasser have been following these headwinds and join us now. Hey to both of you.



CHANG: So David, I want to start with you. What is going on with offshore wind at the moment?

BORAKS: Well, things looked really good for the offshore wind industry, especially in the northeast, until a year or so ago. States were setting ambitious targets. Developers were proposing projects and signing huge contracts. But then the economic problems began. Inflation, supply-chain issues, rising interest rates suddenly made projects that looked cheap and reliable a year and a half ago a challenge. But there's still plenty of signs of growth. One analyst said that all the good and bad news in headlines feels like whiplash.

CHANG: OK, well, then, Miriam, the first signs of trouble were in Massachusetts - right? - where you're based. What happened there?

WASSER: Yeah, so the way that things work in the offshore wind world is that developers and states sign long-term contracts that guarantee electricity at a certain price. And about a year and a half ago, after all the global economic problems started, a number of developers took a look at their balance sheets and realized that they just couldn't build the projects at the prices that they originally promised.

CHANG: OK, so how have those economic challenges been playing out in various states?

WASSER: Yeah. For the most part, what we've seen is developers in several states - so, like, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut - they've canceled their contracts. And importantly, this doesn't mean that the projects are canceled. It just means that the developers are going to try to negotiate more favorable prices in the future.

BORAKS: But Ailsa, in New Jersey, a different scenario played out. Orsted, the world's largest wind developer, just straight-up canceled two projects, and that was a big deal. The company's contracts guaranteed low electricity prices, and those numbers no longer worked. Here's Orsted CEO Mads Nipper.


MADS NIPPER: The world has, in many ways, from a macroeconomic and industry point of view, almost turned upside down.

BORAKS: Orsted also blamed supply chain delays here in the U.S., including a shortage of the specialized ships needed for installation. At the same time, many of the company's other projects are moving forward, like the one in New York that just started producing power this week.

CHANG: Well, what's been the reaction so far to the news of the canceled New Jersey projects?

BORAKS: Opponents of offshore wind have jumped on this as evidence that offshore wind is a bad idea and can't work here in the U.S. But environmental advocates maintain that the U.S. needs offshore wind and that it will happen despite the economic challenges.

WASSER: Yeah, and it's not just advocates. Here's Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey recently. She's reaffirming that the state is, quote, "all-in" on offshore wind.


MAURA HEALEY: It is the backbone of our clean energy vision. It's critical to achieving the clean energy transition and to meeting our emission reduction limits...........................

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Comment by Willem Post on December 7, 2023 at 10:21pm

These idiot people sound like Crusaders during the Middle Ages, trying to save the Holy Land



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