The administration of President Handsome Joe Biden has approved the first major offshore U.S. windfarm, which will be capable of generating enough power for 400,000 homes. Vineyard Wind will be over 20 times bigger than anything built in the US so far.
After years of delays, the federal government has approved what will be the third offshore wind project in the US—and the largest by far. Vineyard Wind, situated off the coast of Massachusetts, will have a generating capacity of 800 Megawatts, dwarfing Block Island Wind’s 30 MW and the output from two test turbines installed in Virginia.
in related good news, The Verge tells us:
Exceptional growth is the ‘new normal’ for solar and wind energy
Solar and wind energy growth soared in 2020 and is on course to keep catapulting upward. Last year, renewable sources of electricity grew faster than they have since 1999. That rapid rise is far from a one-off event, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), which said today that the “exceptionally high” growth in 2020 is the “new normal.”s
It’s yet another signal that renewable energy is elbowing out competition from fossil fuels, at least when it comes to electricity. New renewable energy capacity — primarily solar and wind — made up a whopping 90 percent of the power sector’s growth globally last year, according to the IEA, an intergovernmental organization that was founded to monitor the world’s oil supply but now also tracks renewable energy. The agency forecasts renewables to again account for 90 percent of the power sector’s expansion in 2021 and 2022.
This is really good news, despite the much esteemed opinion of Lord Damp Nut (‘windmills give you cancer’). And you’d think that TFG would be an expert on wind.
And because, you know, our failed media standards require balance, we turn our attention now to the miracle of fossil fuels. Because of a ransomware attack on some damn pipeline, Americans in Jeebusland are hoarding gas, causing a fuel shortage:
“From Virginia to Louisiana, convenience stores and corner gas stations are turning away customers as tanks tap out amid panic buying. An extended pipeline disruption could have far-reaching implications for East Coast states dependent on the pipeline, prompting bigger government interventions.”
The White House politely has asked Americans to please stop doing that. Back to windmills, I digest.
Because I’m not a scientist, MPS is lacking coverage on climate change mitigation, but even I can see that this windmill deal is a big deal.
Expect some uproar on spoiled views from the spoiled inhabitants of nearby Martha’s Vineyard, but I can assure them that it is much better than views of the oil rigs in Santa Barbara’s Channel Islands and way, way better than having to clean tar off your feet with turpentine at the beach.
Clean energy is a great good thing.
UPDATE 1: Some headlines from the MIT newsletter thingie
Several states have declared an emergency over the Colonial Pipeline shutdown
The national average for gasoline prices has shot up to its highest level since 2014. (Axios)
+ The US has ignored warnings that this sort of hack was likely. (Bloomberg $)
+ What the hack can teach us about US national cybersecurity defense. (The Next Web)
+ Ransomware hacks are now daily occurrences. DC’s police department is grappling with a separate attack currently too. (Ars Technica)