OFFSHORE WIND AS A SOLUTION
Distinct in scale and capacity, offshore wind has the potential to protect ratepayers from price volatility, generate unmatched economic activity and meet key environmental goals.
The Atlantic coast offshore wind resource represents the most significant developable renewable energy resource for East Coast states from North Carolina to Maine. It is the only renewable resource that can be scaled up to the output level necessary to displace fossil fuels and address climate change. Atlantic offshore wind energy has several advantages over land-based wind: greater predictability, greater output per wind turbine, and proximity to large population centers that need the electricity. Additionally, unlike land-based wind, offshore wind blows during the points of highest energy demand. These advantages give offshore wind the potential to reduce peak and congestion prices on the East Coast. Offshore wind can significantly drive the region toward a robust clean energy economy because it is the only resource with which the Atlantic states can locally meet their renewable energy portfolio standards.
STRATEGIC FOCUS AREAS
This initiative is separate from, yet complements, existing and long-standing UD efforts on offshore wind power housed in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and UD's Center for Carbon-free Power Integration.
- Work to bridge understanding/collective action by capitalizing on lessons learned from Europe and the UK;
- Produce objective analytics of the value of offshore wind energy;
- Develop an understanding, compelling message on offshore wind’s value proposition;
- Conduct, with other offshore wind stakeholders, broad outreach and education to policymakers and decision-makers;
- Foster collaboration and innovation to increase market size and reduce cost;
- Serve as a resource to craft customized solutions/answers to states considering and/or pursuing offshore wind.
ADMINISTRATIVE HOME AND LEADERSHIP:
The University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment (CEOE) is uniquely positioned to build awareness and consensus driving the deployment of offshore wind. The University’s Center for Carbon-free Power Integration has a long record of offshore wind academic research and teaching. Recent notable research has been published on world wind power resources, and on running a region on offshore wind, onshore wind and solar. UD’s offshore wind academic programs are housed in the CEOE, but with strong links to the College of Engineering, Center for Composite Materials, and others.
Report: New York Offshore Wind Cost Reduction Study, March 2015
SIOW Fact Sheet: World turning on to OSW, March 2015
Invitation - Congressional Briefing, June 12, 2014
Press Release - SIOW Launch, February 25, 2014
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