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Lessons on Offshore Wind from Copenhagen
by Veronica Eady

Do you remember the energy crisis of the 1970s? Countries like the U.S., Canada, and Western Europe – all overly-reliant on foreign oil – faced oil shortages and spiking prices. Perhaps you’ve seen images of cars lining up to purchase gasoline, or heard stories of gasoline rationing. If your license plate ended in an odd…

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Maine Can Lead New England into a Clean Energy Future
by Ben Tettlebaum

Right now, Maine – along with the rest of New England – is shaping its energy future. In the next month, the Maine Public Utilities Commission (PUC) will decide whether the state becomes the first in the region to enter into a contract for a massive, polluting natural gas pipeline. In a proceeding that has taken more…

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Ocean Planning: The Path Forward for Deepwater Wind
by Tricia Jedele

Thomas Edison, in his quest to produce a reliable, long-lasting source of light said, “Hell, there are no rules here, we’re trying to accomplish something.” As environmental advocates we are constantly battling against this idea that rules and process delay progress and chill innovation. As advocates for ocean planning, we have argued that just the…

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Oil and Water Don’t Mix
by Robin Just

With warming seas and ocean acidification putting unprecedented pressure on our already heavily fished, shipped, and polluted coastal areas, adding the extreme pressures of seismic testing and offshore oil drilling, which we keep hearing are supposed to be safe and foolproof, but never really are, seems like a foolhardy move. There are plenty of other…

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Offshore Wind Energy: Europe and Asia Have It, and We Should Too
by Ivy Frignoca

As of June 2012, the world boasted 4,619 megawatts of installed offshore wind energy capacity, while the United States had none. President Obama and other national leaders like Susan Collins want to change that statistic. The public also increasingly supports clean renewable energy in the wake of frequent severe weather events like Hurricane Sandy caused…

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Going Above and Beyond: Deepwater Wind Adjusts Offshore Wind Construction Schedule to Protect Right Whales
by Maggie Williams

Deepwater Wind is taking exciting new steps to build on last month’s historic agreement to protect critically endangered right whales while developing offshore wind projects. The offshore wind developer, expected to begin construction on the proposed Block Island Wind Farm in 2014 or 2015, has announced an agreement to voluntarily adjust its planned construction period…

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Why We Need to Fight for Cape Wind. Now.
by John Kassel

11 years. That’s how long we’ve been waiting for the promise of Cape Wind: clean, renewable energy; new, green jobs; reduced air emissions and carbon pollution; energy at a predictable price over the long-term; and energy security. At a time when the evidence of global warming is overwhelming, and the need for jobs critical, unleashing the potential of this home-grown offshore wind project can only be a good thing.

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Winds of Change: The Promise of 3 Offshore Wind Farms in New England
by Ivy Frignoca

This is an exciting time for clean energy in New England. Why? Because our region could have not one but three offshore wind farms constructed by 2016.  Not only that, these would be the first three in the nation! The Cape Wind Project, off the coast of Cape Cod, will site 130 wind turbines between…

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The Next Opportunity for Growing Renewable Energy in New England: Going Big by Going Regional
by Seth Kaplan

The story of renewable energy development in the United States has included many important moments in which the states have provided leadership – most notably through fostering the shaping and building of new markets for renewable energy markets through programs like Renewable Energy Standards (also known “Renewable Portfolio Standards”).  These efforts have been of great…