U.S. giving clearance to offshore wind farms

The US Interior Department has just finished up new rules that will allow the first offshore wind turbines to be built along the Atlantic coast.   These rules have been a long time in the making – alot of effort was put in to this by the Bush Administration, but they weren’t able to finish them.   The new guidelines are set to be announced this week, and with the new rules in place, several potential projects set for Rhode Island, Massachusetts and several other coastal states can start construction.

“There are many states, especially along the Atlantic seaboard, that are ready to move fast forward with this,” Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar said in a recent interview, adding that he sees offshore wind as having “significant potential” to round out an energy policy that includes clean-coal research, land-based wind and solar energy generation, and potentially more offshore drilling.

via: Chicago Tribune

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