States Sharing the Sea for Wind Industry

...Cape Wind will share water with 'many other wind farms'

The U.S. Offshore Wind Collaborative, as the group is called, is inviting industry leaders, environmentalists and others to join its board of directors. Officials from clean-energy offices in states along the East Coast and the Great Lakes are "on board" to provide technical expertise, Watson said. Texas and California are also expressing support for the program. The group will formally unveil itself this fall.

The timing is ripe. The U.S. Interior Department recently unveiled rules for leasing areas of the ocean floor to renewable energy developers. And states are coming to grips with the likelihood that Cape Wind will be the first farm in the water. The Interior Department is poised to release its final decision on the Nantucket Sound project soon.

"The ground rules have been established. I think that's why you're seeing this collaborative really emerge," said Jim Gordon, who is proposing the 130-turbine Cape Wind project. "Now it's time to develop effective policies that will tap into this huge offshore wind potential that can contribute to solving some of these environmental and energy challenges we face."

"I know that one day, Cape Wind will be sharing the East Coast with many other wind farms," Gordon added. He has been invited to sit on the collaborative's board of directors, a post he would be "honored" to accept.Click here to read this ClimateWire article published by the New York Times