Experts look at the future of offshore wind

The future of offshore wind in New England was the topic of an online discussion by a group of experts titled “Building a New Era of Offshore Wind.” The panel featured experts in the offshore wind industry from Tufts University, the Brattle Group, and the Responsible Offshore Science Alliance, who shared what they see as the future of offshore wind transmission cables and fisheries in the United States.
Ed Hines, professor at Tufts University School of Engineering, has more than 20 years of experience in the offshore wind field. He and the others agreed that offshore wind projects will play an increasing role in energy production.
Hines noted the increase in wind power generation since 2016, and the simultaneous decrease in power generated by oil, coal, and nuclear power plants due to plants going offline in New England. However, land-based wind farms have decreased their production as well, said Hines.
“In 2016, you can see proposed offshore wind farms growing up to 2020… Land-based [wind farms] has shrunk,” said Hines.
The B.I. Wind Farm, operated by Ørsted and developed by Deepwater Wind, is America’s first offshore wind farm: five turbines produce 30 megawatts of power. The wind farm

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